Farming life in the Ladin Dolomites
Trips to the Viles

These Ladin ‘viles’ - hamlets - are some of the oldest farming settlements in the whole Alps and beyond and San Vigilio di Marebbe and San Martino in Badia have one of the highest concentrations still surviving to the present day. Protected both architecturally and in landscape and environmental terms, these hamlets are full-blown living lessons of sustainable human settlement in the mountains, to be passed down to the town planners of the present and future. Born in antiquity from what were originally single family settlements, they enlarged over the generations around the concept of sharing without ever, however, going beyond sustainability levels by the environment around them, and in terms of architecture and building, which represented their real potential for subsistence in virtually complete autonomy.

It is still possible today to find hamlets which still blend magnificently into the surrounding landscape and the generally straightforward walks to these are true lessons in mountain and Dolomites life.

Wednesday - guided excursion
Nature and culture in the Dolomites:  the watermills
At 9.30 am meeting at the church square in Lungiarü. Followed by a guided tour of the Mills Valley. Along the path we will meet eight mills, one of which will be visited inside. Moreover you can admire the famous viles, a typical form of settlement in Val Badia. We conclude with a visit to the small rural museum of the Oriana farm, where we will be shown the working tools of the old farmer and explain life on the farm.
discover the San Vigilio-San Martino experience
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