What to see in Ortisei, itinerary to visit the main center of Val Gardena, including Museum and Church of Sant'Antonio, as well as interesting excursions to Castelrotto and Monte Seceda.
Wonderfully located in a basin surrounded by the Sella and Sassolungo massifs, Ortisei is a renowned summer resort in the province of Bolzano.
In the Val Gardena Museum, set up in the Cesa di Ladins in Piazza Sant'Antonio, archaeological finds, minerals and various specimens of flora and fauna are preserved, as well as an interesting collection of works of art and typical crafts from the valley.
Inside the church of Sant 'Ulrico and the church of Sant'Antonio there are remarkable examples of sculptures made of wood.
Other wooden sculptures can be viewed in the Palazzo dei Congressi, which houses the permanent exhibition of the artistic craftsmanship of Val Gardena.
In the surroundings, 10 km away is Castelrotto, a summer and winter holiday resort located on the edge of the meadows that are part of the Alpe di Siusi.
In the town square there is a remarkable fifteenth-century bell tower and ancient houses.
Monte Seceda, with its 2518 meters above sea level, is an excellent panoramic point reached by two sections of cableway.
This location is famous as at sunset it allows you to observe the dolomites that are colored with hues that vary shades, ranging from pink to purple.
Near San Giacomo, a village located 2 km away, there is the church of San Giacomo, which is the oldest in the valley.
Erected in Gothic style, it is flanked by a remarkable bell tower, also inside there are sculptures made in the eighteenth century by Vinazer.Recommended readings
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In the presbytery area there are frescoes of the fifteenth century made by students of the Brissinense school.