A secret, tiny mountain village
Dosoledo is part of the Comelico Superiore municipality but has its own regola Houses arranged in circles around the village centre and mysterious symbols on their walls show how much influence the powerful, democratically elected autonomous administrations have had on the history of Dosoledo ever since the Middle Ages. Stroll through the village and visit the Algudnei museum to discover even more fascinating details of history and tradition.
Most people in the Comelico Valley on the rim of the Dolomites speak a Ladin dialect, in which the region is called ‘Cumélgu’. The rurally influenced Comelica is known for its timber industry and rich traditions. The thermal springs of Val Grande brought people to the Alpine valley as early as the Antiquity. But it is only recently that the Comelico is waking up from its touristic sleeping beauty slumber, luring travellers to a region waiting to be explored anew.
In the peace and quiet of snowy forests winter hikes and skiing tours are a true pleasure. Sport aficionados can put on their cross-country skis in the neighbouring village of Padola. Those who prefer it faster will only take a few minutes to reach the skiing areas Val Comelico in Padola, Monte Croce at the Passo Monte Croce di Comelico, or the Tre Cime di Lavaredo outside Sesto.
The unspoiled nature of the Comelico, its vast forests and picturesque alps are perfect for hiking, walking, and mountain-biking. Well-signposted paths on both sides of the valley lead through uninhabited areas to alpine cabins serving food and drinks, to mountain lakes, and breath-taking panoramic views.
The culinary tradition of the Camelico is based on alpine farming. Vegetables and herbs, cheese and bacon, game and mushrooms are combined into authentic, tasty meals like the ‘casunziei’ dumplings. Each village in the valley has at least one restaurant with its own specialties and traditions. Setting out to find your own favourite place among this diverse selection will be a pleasant treat. we also have a number of recommendation in the Dolomites Insiders' Guide.
The Ladin culture of the valley has special traditions cultivated for generations, such as the mascaràda, the annual carnival. The main event of the town of Dosoledo is held every year on the Sunday closest to February 9, the date on which Santa Apollonia is remembered. Find out more about this at the Algudnei museum, or just by talking to locals such as renowned artist Aurelio Fort, whose art is partly exhibited at the Cedä m and who will open his studio to those who ask to see it. “Algudnei” Museum: the name derives from the composition of several words (algu d’nei) that in the dialect spoken in the valley, means “something of us”. The museum is linked to the Cultural Research Group of Comelico Superiore.
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