History and traditions
No trip to Val Di Fassa is complete without learning a bit about the area’s traditions and fascinating past. To immerse yourself in the Ladin culture, head to Vigo on the bus from Canazei to visit the Fassa Ladin Museum. A great way to spend a rainy day, you can browse the exhibitions and find out more about the history and legends of the Fassa Valley and Ladin people.
Val Di Fassa was also the setting for historical battles from the First World War, which you can learn about at the Mostra La Gran Vera museum in Moena. There’s also a number of historic sites and lookout posts from World War One at the Passo Fedaia mountain pass, as well as ancient churches and rural ruins scattered throughout the valley.
A walker’s paradise
With such a wide range of mountain trails and dramatic landscapes on the doorstep, it’s easy to understand why Val Di Fassa is such a popular choice for walking holidays in Italy. Whether you prefer a casual stroll or like to challenge yourself, there’s something for all abilities.
When exploring the valley on foot, there’s a broad choice of scenic routes that link the villages together. A great place to start is with the 2km path along the river from Campitello to Canazei, winding around green meadows and wooded areas. To access the high altitude walkways, take one of the cable cars from the valley up into the mountain summits and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. You’ll also find a variety of mountain huts where you can stop off for a mid-walk refreshment.
Aside from walking, Val Di Fassa offers holidaymakers the chance to take part in a range of other fun outdoor activities. The area is well known for its biking opportunities, with a good mix of family friendly valley paths and more thrilling downhill tracks.
For some of the best views of the Fassa Valley there’s a paragliding and hang gliding school in Campitello, while on the ground there’s mini golf, tennis, archery and horse riding to choose from.
The valley is also home to a selection of therapeutic spa and wellness centres, where you can treat yourself to a beauty treatment or simply relax after a long day of sightseeing. Children are also well catered for with the many playgrounds and adventure parks, including one in Campitello and one in Pozza.
Nightspots and restaurants
Summer evenings in Val Di Fassa are fairly low-key, with most guests choosing to relax in the hotel bar with a glass of local wine. However, if you want to get out and experience the valley’s night scene, each of the villages houses a selection of pubs or bars with daily happy hours. The larger resorts of Campitello and Canazei are where you’ll find most evening entertainment, including lively nightclubs where you can dance until the early hours.
When it comes to eating out, Campitello and Canazei offer the most choice with a few restaurants located up in the mountains. Most of the villages offer a selection of traditional eateries serving local recipes that have been passed down through the generations – so you can expect a true taste of Italy while you’re here.