This tranquil village lies at the foot of the Lagorai range. It’s called Bellamonte — literally “Beautiful Mountain” — for good reason: it’s the perfect place to experience the breathtaking sunset on the Pale di San Martino. The local museum “Nonno Gustavo” in a rustic barn, with a wealth of toys and tools, household utensils and other rarities that show you the approximately 300-year-old mountain farming culture of the Val di Fiemme, is another highlight.
If you like peace and tranquillity, Capriana — home to just 600 people — is the place for you. From here, the Monte Corno nature reserve, with its forests and meadows, is easily accessible on foot. Capriana is also steeped in history and bursting with secrets. Maria Domenica Lazzeri was born here in 1816. It’s said that she was bedridden for 14 years, suffering great pain and didn’t eat anything except the Eucharist. She is now known as the sorrowful woman of Capriana.
Since the middle of the 19th century, this picturesque place has been well-known because of the healing spring of Ceva, whose water is said to help with rheumatic complaints and skin diseases. Today, this water flows from the fountain in Via Tomasi. The local museum Museo della gente di Carano (Museum of the People of Carano), in an old farmhouse in the village centre, is worth visiting too. Here you can get an idea of the typical traditions and customs of Val di Fiemme.
Castello di Fiemme
The Roman houses from the 16th century are particularly beautiful and bursting with history. The village takes its name from the old castle that once stood on a hill in the village, but was looted and burned down by the locals in the 12th century. Since the 19th century, the picturesque parish church of San Giorgio has stood in its place. From Castello di Fiemme, cross-country skiers do not have far to go to get to the nearest trails.
Cavalese is the beating heart of Val di Fiemme. In the town centre you’ll find a disco, bars, pubs, restaurants, an indoor swimming pool, an ice rink, sports facilities and much more. Art lovers associate the name Cavalese with artisanship, while culture lovers appreciate the rich programme of events in the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme, as the valley is known locally. The Village Hall houses a 19th-century painting exhibition and a theatre hall that hosts numerous performances.
Daiano is the smallest village in Val di Fiemme – and the one with the most sunny days. The Alpe Cermis and the Pampeago lifts are very easy to reach from here. Daiano is in the immediate vicinity of the Lavazè Pass, through whose beautiful woods well-maintained cross-country ski trails wind. The Lavazè plateau is also nearby: from here you can enjoy enchanting sunsets with a view of the Rosengarten/Catinaccio group.
Molina di Fiemme
Here you are always accompanied by the gentle murmur of the river, as Molina di Fiemme lies directly on the Avisio. Molina is the Italian for “mill”, and the two mills – Giaco Marco and Ziperian – around which the town grew up give it its name. The roofs with the ceramic tiles, which are produced in the local kilns, are also typical of the townscape. Molina di Fiemme is close to the Marcialonga route. There’s also a climbing garden here that’s perfect for family outings.
The Rio Bianco flows through the middle of this pretty village. The wooden bridge is the best place from which to admire it. The cross-country skiing centre Centro di Fondo di Lago di Tesero is less than three kilometres away, and skiers can enjoy themselves in the Alpe Cermis ski resort. Not to be missed, even in winter, is the hike from nearby Paion del Cermis to the beautiful Bombasèl lakes, a collection ranging from small pools to larger bodies of water.
The “Geological Garden of the Alps” is perfect for anyone interested in natural sciences, with the Geological Museum of the Dolomites in the centre of the village. If you want to know how the Dolomites were formed, or if the weather doesn't suit skiing, this museum is a great destination. The Marcialonga runs through Predazzo and its ski jump was the venue for three Nordic World Championships in 1991, 2003 and 2013.
The champions of the Nordic World Ski Championships have been decided in this village several times. But it’s for its handicrafts, furniture factories and the manufacture of soundboxes for pianos and violins that the town is best known. If you are looking for a special Advent or Christmas gift for your loved ones at home, Tesero is the place to go. Wooden nativity scenes carved locally are a popular souvenir.
Wooden masks, matòci, paiaci and harlequins: in Valfloriana, the Matòci Carnival, one of the most beautiful in the region, takes place every year on 10 February. Valfloriana isn’t a village, but actually a little constellation of ten hamlets. Nobody knows where the area’s name came from, but one tradition says it goes back to the patron saint San Floriano, while another says it comes from the many flowers that bloom in the forest clearings in the immediate vicinity of the villages. Cheese lovers will feel right at home here. Each hamlet produces its own traditional cheese, and Casat cheese, for example, is particularly well known.
Experience one of the oldest villages in Val di Fiemme. The Varena Nativity is well worth a visit: on an area of around 2,500 square metres, 90 human figures and 120 animals are grouped into various scenes. A path several hundred metres long leads you along the various representations of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Varena is also not far from the Lavazè Pass, where more than 80 kilometres of ski slopes and cross-country ski trails provide ultimate fun in the snow.
Ziano di Fiemme
Ziano di Fiemme is situated on the Avisio river and directly opposite the majestic Lagorai range. The ski lifts of the Latemar and the Cermis, but also a cross-country ski trail, are also nearby. Ziano is particularly good for young families: the Belvedere snowpark and many offers for children in the nearby ski area provide entertainment and fun, so that the holiday really is a time-out for all family members.