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Art and Cultural History

Wood carving and the local language are distinctive of Val Gardena

Val Gardena's wood carvings are world-famous and the people’s trilingualism (Ladin, Italian and German) much admired.

Val Gardena was once part of a territory called Ladinia. Ladin is a Rhaeto-Romance language still spoken today. It is a blend of Latin of the first Roman conquerors and Celtic (Rhaetian), which was then in use.

The most famous art in Val Gardena is wood-carving; both sacral and profane works are produced. Some of the finest showpieces of traditional and modern wood-carving art made by local artists are displayed at the Galaria Unika, and the ART52 exhibition,

The Gherdeina Local Heritage Museum shows valuable collections that take you on a journey of the natural and cultural history of Val Gardena. The centrepiece of the museum is the unique collection of ancient wooden toys of the valley. For more information visit