A lively atmosphere
The summer is about to end and we are getting ready to welcome the autumn… but, whatever the season, in wonderful Val Gardena there’s a constant desire to celebrate the beauty of the region and enjoy the simple things it offers. Events will take place ceaselessly and the first rainfalls certainly won’t affect the festive spirit of citizens and tourists.
For example, on the second Sunday of October, a suggestive festival will take place in San Giacomo, a hamlet that is 3 km away from Ortisei.
By tradition, all citizens attend the Mass that is celebrated in a small church, which is said to be the most ancient in Val Gardena. In fact, it dates back to the XII century and the fact that it is located in a wood makes it even more suggestive.
After the Mass begins the folk festival: the streets are filled with the lovely smell of roast chestnuts and there are also other delicious specialities, such as sausage and sauerkraut or donuts with poppy seeds.
The “Segra Sacun” (which is the name of the festival in the local dialect) is also known because of the market that is held on the Monday that follows the festival. This last event aims at commemorating the ancient market where peasants used to meet after the summer to exchange the goods produced during the period of transhumance, but also to get supplies and clothes to face the approaching harsh winter.
Still at the market, during the festival, another peculiar tradition is kept alive: if a boy wants to get married, he picks up a pear, ties a coloured ribbon around it and gives it to the girl he loves. In turn, she prepares some coloured eggs that the boy has to go and pick up in the Easter period to prove his love.
Val Gardena never misses opportunities to show how traditions are important.
The Tyrol Hotel adopts this philosophy too!
We would be glad to welcome you and let you experience the traditions of Val Gardena!