Falcade is the most important tourist village of Val del Biois, on the border between Veneto and Trentino. It’s the ideal place for a mountain holiday. It’s surrounded by the most spectacular dolomitic peaks: Marmolada, Civetta, Pale di San Martino, Cime del Focobon e Cime d’Auta. From 2009 the Dolomites are considered as Unesco World Heritage.
Falcade takes its name from “falciare” which means “mowing” and it’s due to the many flat and wide pastures to mow, which were once symbol of wealth. Other theories are linked to the name of “Falco” the hawk, which appears also on the emblem of the Municipality.
The town has always been a borderline land, up to the IWW on Passo San Pellegrino, few kilometres for Falcade there was the border with Hapsburg Empire. The road to the pass was one of the main way which from Venice led to the Northern Europe.
The IWW influenced a lot this valley and many witnesses of this war are still visible on Passo Valles and Passo San Pellegrino. This reminds us about the position of Falcade as a war land for soldiers who struggled for years on the local mountains
Not only sport and amazing landscapes in Falcade, but also art, culture and tradition. It is the birth place of many artists as for example Augusto Murer, painter and sculptor who depicted the soul of the people from Dolomites. His works are collected in the best expositions all over the world and also in his house/museum in Falcade.
Another important artist was Dante Moro. A modern and young artist is Dunio Piccolin master of Graffitos and Frescos which enriche the wall of the houses of Falcade and the valley together with the most ancient frescos with religious figures which gave to the valley the name of “Valley with the Saints at the window” an open air museum which is worth to mention.
Falcade is ideal for trekking and hiking. It’s a stage of the famous Alta Via n. 2 which from Bressanone goes to Feltre crossing through San Pellegrino Pass and Rifugio Mulaz.
In Val del Biois there is also Alta Via dei Pastori which links in a ring route the rifugios and malgas around Falcade.
An historic route is Alta Via Tilman, which takes its name from a British Soldier who was in this valley during the IIWW.
Not only excursions for expert trekkers, but many easy walkings going through the cozy hamlets of the valley or starting from the nice Piana in the centre of Falcade surrounded by the beautiful Dolomites and which is a wide and sunny plane for walkings, relax, running, biking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.
In winter snowboarders and skiers can find lot of fun on the slopes of the Ski Area San Pellegrino with more than 100 km of pistes, inside the Dolomiti SuperSki, the largest ski circuit of the world.
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