Holidays to Selva Val Gardena are jam-packed with panoramic views of the Italian Alps, and splashed with a dash of quaint folksy magic.

A bit of folklore

Woodcarving and strudel baking, dumpling tasting and wine sipping – you'll want to get on board with these alpine traditions. The culinary delights of the Ladin people fill snowy Selva Val Gardena – a resort town in northern Italy's South Tyrol – with a community spirit as old as the ice-topped Dolomite peaks.

Meet the Ladins

Local Ladin culture spills out of every crevice of the mountainous Selva, and you can even bring a little bit home with you. Pick up your very own classic wooden peg doll, or try your hand at woodcarving at a village workshop.

Endless exploring

Fly like an eagle with a smidge of the effort – summer cable cars let you soar above the plunging valleys with ease, so there's no need to miss out on that bird's-eye view. If you'd rather do it the old-fashioned way, hit the trails and conquer the peaks by foot.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Selva Val Gardena:

• Guided mountain walks
• Mountain lifts
• Nordic walking
• Cycle routes
• Castle

At a Glance

  • Stretch your legs on walking trails through the UNESCO-protected Dolomite mountains
  • Taste the local Ladin cuisine, from dumplings to lip-smacking apple strudel
  • Explore the medieval ruins of Wolkenstein Castle in nearby Vallunga

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