MEET THE LOCALS
For centuries, South Tyrol has been home to ancient Rhaeto-Romanic people known as the Ladins. To get a sense of how they used to live and work, visit the more remote mountain hamlets and weave your way around ancient churches, elegant town squares and houses built in typical Tyrolese style.
Turn another page of the Ladin history books in nearby Ortisei. Here, the Museum Gherdëina displays fossils, art, wood carvings and ephemera collected by mountain film pioneer, actor and local, Luis Trenker. You could also drop by the Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige to meet Ötzi, the Iceman – a Copper Age mummy. Preserved in his ‘igloo’ room, beside his patchwork leggings and rush-matting cloak fur cap, see if you can make out the faint tattoos on his legs.
If you’re here in early September, hike your way over to the Suoni delle Dolomiti Festival. This three-day event of open air concerts celebrates the culture and sounds of the Dolomites, along with international acts and world music performances.