Sappada and Dolomites

Sappada e il comelico

Sappada is one of the most renowned locations  in the eastern Dolomites. It is situated in Comelico, between the Cadore region, Carnia and the Austrian Carinzia. Sappada enjoys a magical atmosphere all year round thanks to its majestic alpine landscapes. With its dolomites peaks, creeks, small lakes as well as alpine forests, Sappada will offer you an unforgettable holiday experience, a place which tickles your senses.

Sappada is divided into 15 small-villages, all located on the sunny side of the valley, at the foot of mount Peralba. These villages arose gradually from the edification of several typical rural houses called “masi”, built by the Austrian peoples which moved to the Comelico valley. The most ancient examples of traditional architecture, the so-called ‘blockhaus’ are still visible today in the small villages of Old Sappada and Cima Sappada.

carnevale sappada The local dialect called “plodarisch” reveals the Germanic origins of Sappada. In dialect “Plodn”, is a linguistic isle that during the last years has been matter of study and research that lead to the composition of a sappadine dictionary. The valley was inhabited by people coming from the near Tirol that were attracted by the local prosperity: iron mines, fields and forests that offered wood and food. The local folkloric tradition reveals a connection with the past in its costumes, music and dancing of the so called “Holzhockar”, the local woodcutters who animate the town festivals. The most well known of which is without any doubt the Carnival festival, with its traditional costumes and the wooden masks, carved by the local artisans and passed on from generation to generation. The Carnival festival takes place during the last three Sundays before Lent; each Sunday celebrates a different category of people from Sappada: the poor (called Pettlar), the farmers (Paurn) and the gentlemen (Hearn).

The Hotel is set in the breathtaking Dolomites, named a UNESCO Human Heritage site in 2009. Beyond Mount Peralba, from which Piave river is sourced, the other striking peaks are those of the Popera group which include Cima Bagni, Cima Undici and Croda Rossa, Iron mountains and the Pesarine Dolomites. The landscape of these valleys is still untouched and the variety of animals and wildlife species reflect this in a wonderful way. Walking and hiking through these lands is an unmissable occasion for close contact with nature. We recommend you to visit the Mühlbach waterfalls, the three Val d’Olbe alpine small lakes and finally the impressive Acquatona, a canyon dug by the river Piave into the nude rock, more than 50 meters long.