Welcome to Val Comelico!

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.

San Pietro di Cadore, located at 1038 meters above sea level between Santo Stefano di Cadore and Sappada, is a picturesque town nestled among mountains, ancient woods, and green meadows. Notable attractions include the 17th-century Villa Poli de Pol, now the town hall, known for its artistically valuable frescoes and being a concert venue for the Festival dei Cori 2024. The town also features the gothic-style San Pietro Apostolo parish church, dating back to the 13th century and renovated in the 18th century, holding an altar by Marco Vecellio. San Pietro includes areas like Valle, Presenaio, and Costalta, and is part of the stunning natural area of Val Visdende, which Pope John Paul II in 1987 described as the "Temple of God, the Hymn to the Creator.

Comelico Superiore, nestled in the upper part of the valley bordering Austria and Val Pusteria, comprises four villages: Padola, Dosoledo, Candide, and Casamazzagno, as well as the surrounding villages of Sacco, Sega Digon, and Sopalù. Padola is a key ski resort in Comelico and home to the Dolomiti Thermal Baths, renowned for their therapeutic properties since ancient times. The "Algudnei" museum in Dosoledo showcases artifacts depicting the valley's history. Candide, the oldest village, is notable for its Santa Maria Assunta church and Casa Gera, dating back to between 1100 and 1200, reflecting the region's ancient nobility and rural architecture.

Santo Stefano di Cadore serves as the administrative and commercial center of the Comelico region. It is strategically located at the confluence of the Padola stream and the Piave River. This locale is known for its diverse culinary experiences, featuring simple dairy products and typical culinary specialties of the region.

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!