Ancient land of the Ladins
Legends, art, culture, language, folklore, food, history, customs and habits: the Val di Fassa knows how to embrace culture and fun, tradition and innovation.
Reflecting on identity and memory constitutes one of the keys to this first part of the third millennium, taken as it is between globalisation and loss of identity, local closures and fundamentalist impulses. Vigo di Fassa’s Ladin Cultural Institute, a reputable cultural institute which has been working for a quarter of a century for the evaluation of the language and culture of these ancient Dolomite people, has welcomed the discussion and has given a new exhibition home to its own collection of Alpine ethnography. The new Fassa Ladin Museum unveils its own heritage with a design which is sure to influence, created by the noted Milanese architect, Ettore Sottsass. The museum is also linked to the name of Milo Manara, an undisputed master of the illustration of feminine beauty. On display there are works chosen by the artist showing figures from Fassan mythology which have been passed down by word of mouth, like the bregostènes and vivènes, the witches and elves. The display features interactive, multimedia technology which allows you, for example, to "try your hand visually" at the various stages of an agricultural operation, "take part in" the complex rituals which used to surround Ladin weddings and "share" in the often worrying debauchery of the Fassan carnival and so on.
For more information:
Fassa Ladin Museum and Vigo di Fassa’s Ladin Cultural Institute
Museo Ladin de Fascia
Loc. San Giovanni / Sèn Jan - Vigo di Fassa
Phone +39 0462 760182
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday 3.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Closed from 1st to 30th November.
Opening hours from 20th December to 6th January: every day 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Closed on 25th December and 1st January.
The separate Museum sections:
La Sia (Venetian style water sawmill) - Penia di Canazei
Strèda de Ciamp Trujan - Phone +39 0462 760182
Open only in summer, from 10th June to 10th September: from Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. - Midday and 3.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Free admittance, free guided tours on Tuesdays at 10.00 a.m.
L Molin de Pezol (18th century mill) - Pera di Fassa
Strada Jumela - Phone +39 0462 760182
Opening times summer, from 10th June to 10th September: from Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. - Midday and 3.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Free admittance, free guided tours on Mondays at 10.00 a.m. and on Thursdays at 9.00 p.m.
Opening times winter, from December to March: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. On Thursdays 5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. Free admittance.
L Malghier (cheese making) - Pera di Fassa
Caseificio Sociale Val di Fassa, Strada Dolomites, 233 - Phone +39 0462 760182
Opening times summer, from 15th June to 15th September: 8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Closed on Sunday afternoon. Free admittance, free guided tours with tasting on Tuesdays at 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. (€ 3,00).
La Boteiga da Pinter (cooper’s workshop) - Moena
Strada de Cernadoi - Phone +39 0462 760182