Vacanza arte cultura tradizioni Ladine Val Badia

Ladin tradition of the Dolomites

If you are looking for a holiday full of Ladin art, culture and traditions in Val Badia in Italy you are in the right place.
The Dolomites have stolen countless glances from travelers of all times. But Val Badia is not just mountains. This valley is one of the 5 Ladin Valleys of the Dolomites, a protected ethnic minority, which continues to proudly defend its cultural, linguistic and gastronomic roots.
These folk traditions attract and intrigue many tourists.

A bit of history of the Ladin tradition:

Before the invasion of the Germanic tribes from the north and the Italian peoples from the south, the Ladins inhabited the entire Alpine region. As a result of the fighting, however, they were forced to separate. Three linguistic islands have been left: the Ladin Grisons in the west in Switzerland, the Dolomite Ladins in the center and the Friulian Ladin in the east of Italy. The Ladin language is much older than the Italian or German one.

In the year 15 BC Drusus and Tiberius, stepchildren of the Roman emperor Octavian Augustus, arrived in our regions to subdue the populations that had crossed the borders of the great empire. Different peoples lived in the Alps at that time, including the Celts and the Reti.
The Ladins can therefore consider Celts or Romanized Reti.

Ladin is a neo-Latin language developed from the vulgar Latin spoken by Roman soldiers and simple people. The colonization of the Marebbano took place between the 9th and 13th centuries.
For over seven centuries it was employed by the Benedictine nuns of Castelbadia.
In 1785 the Austrian emperor Joseph II closed the convent and the Marebbano territory was annexed to the Tyrol.
In 1918, at the end of the First War, the Ladins of the Dolomites, until then Austrian citizens, were assigned to World Italy and subsequently divided into three provinces: Bolzano, Trento and Belluno.

Ladin events in Val Badia:

Epiphany: “Donacia” or “Poscignara”
The girls of the village disguise themselves as “Poscignara”, an ugly old witch who goes from house to house to wipe out the evil ghosts of the past year. On their backs, the girls also carry a basket, to take away the rude children.

Palm Sunday: “La granara de saresc”
On the last Sunday before Easter, the children take their greasy brooms from a branch of a particular plant to the church, where the priest blesses them. This broom, attached to the fence, wards off misfortune and protects those who live in that house.

Mid-August: “Festa de Santa Maria dal Ciüf”
One of the most beautiful holidays of the year, the “Santa Maria dal Ciüf”, or Santa Maria del Fiore, is celebrated. The peasant women of the village bring a basket decorated with healing herbs, flour, salt and flowers to the church, which is blessed by the priest. The basket is stored and the ingredients burnt in the oven as soon as a thunderstorm arrives, to protect the house from damage.

If you too want a holiday surrounded by nature and tradition


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Beautiful BnB in the Dolomites
We had to stay here for a night before checking into a longer term hotel. The owners were very accommodating and helpful and made our stay very enjoyable.
The room and breakfast area were very clean and comfortable.
There is a short, steep climb to get to the BnB from the road, but we found it fine. About 50m from the front door is a bus stop that takes you to the main resort ski lifts and then through the town.
We would stay hear again.


Beautiful extraordinarily comfortable place to stay!

Beautiful extraordinarily comfortable place to stay!
Barbara is a wonderful hostess at this superb B&B. The rooms are ALL beautiful (perfectly depicted and described on their www site), and the hot tub a delight after a long day hiking in the Dolomites. Her breakfasts are delicious! Great location for getting into San Vigilio for dinners at night (lots of options!). Plan at least a few nights…


Charming place

Charming place
We stayed at Les Gomines four nights in late july. The breakfast was one of the best we’ve ever had! The owners were really friendly and helpful. The location is very convenient with good access to hiking trails. Really nice rooms with very comfortable beds. Everything was clean and in good shape.


Rachel and John

Definitely a must stay
From the second we arrived they were so accommodating! She had a adorable little son who was so well behaved. The room was top notch. Felt like we were at home!!! Beds and comforters were so comfortable. Shades were automatic and made room nice and dark. Breakfast was quite the spread. Sauna was nice. Location was beautiful. We went during off season though and pretty much every place for diner was closed down. We want to posta restaurant and it was by far our favorite place to eat. Nicest woman ran the place and though she didn’t speak English she was so pleasant. Very pleased with our visit

Rachel and John