Welcome to Val Comelico!
After the arrival in 2023 of Valle Aurina and San Vigilio, this 2024 will see the Choir Festival expand even further to the magnificent Val Comelico! In the heart of the Venetian Dolomites, the Val Comelico Superiore includes several picturesque locations encompassed between San Pietro di Cadore, Santo Stefano di Cadore, and Padola, each with its own unique features.
Val Comelico Superiore: Nature and Traditions
The beauty of the valleys and mountains of Val Comelico attracts visitors worldwide each year. In winter, the Ski Area Val Comelico, part of the Dolomiti Superski, becomes a haven for skiers, offering trails for both beginners and experts. As the snow melts, the valley reveals its numerous trails for hikers to explore the pristine nature, discovering places like Val Visdende and Valgrande. In summer, the landscapes of Val Comelico range from tranquil paths through woods and meadows, ideal for relaxing walks, to more challenging trails leading to mountain ridges, offering spectacular views. Notable trails include the geological paths, revealing the Dolomites' ancient history, and the 'Pope's paths', known for being traversed by Pope Wojtyla.
The traditions of Val Comelico are the heartbeat of its community. The Ladino Carnival, with its colorful and musical mascaràda, offers an immersive experience into local culture. This annual event brings the streets to life with characters like the laché and matazin, dancing to traditional music, creating a timeless, magical atmosphere. The proudly spoken Ladin language adds another layer of charm to the valley, emphasizing its unique cultural identity. During summer, visitors can enjoy local festivals, explore artisan markets, and savor traditional cuisine that reflects the richness of the region.
Val Comelico is not just a valley of extraordinary natural beauty, but also a place where traditions and culture merge with the environment. From the majestic peaks of the Dolomites to the small villages rich in centuries of history, this valley offers an unforgettable experience. We are excited to explore it together during the 2024 edition of the International Choral Singing Festival!