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The Ladin Heart of the Fassa Dolomites

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Fassa Valley is still today the cradle of an invaluable heritage of linguistic, historical and cultural traditions.

The Ladins represent a numerically and culturally significant ethnic-linguistic minority. The Ladin language is actually used locally in the family, is taught at school and, enjoying the status of co-official alongside the Italian, is also used at the bureaucratic level.

The Val di Fassa is rich in craftsmen, real artists that tell the history and culture of the valley through their work. These inhabitants are an integral part of a region that has known how to maintain and pass on its traditions.

Even today, every centre of the Val di Fassa is home to many artisan shops where wood sculptors transform logs cuttings into unique pieces, crafted entirely by hand. The sculptors’ workshops are filled with typical masks of the Ladin carnival, portraying themes of religion or daily life.

The Museum Ladin the Fascia collects the testimonies from the history of the entire Ladin valley. This history does not remain hidden within the walls of the museum though as it is spread throughout the whole area, with examples such as the Coopery workshop in Moena, the “Molino de Pèzol” mill in Pera di Fassa and the Venetian sawmill in Penia.

The Ladin Carnival is one of the most evocative dates in the local calendar, a moment of celebration to say goodbye to the winter and welcome in the beautiful summer season. During the “Maschèredes” parade, local people walk through the streets of the valley’s villages in a unique spectacle of masks and colours that is exciting both for adults and children. Their faces are covered by the typical wooden masks (facere) made entirely by hand by the artisans of the Val di Fassa: unique pieces which date back to secular traditions.

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