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A magic village in the heart of the Dolomites

Sottoguda, a community in the municipality of Rocca Pietore in the Province of Belluno, is the last village before the Malga Ciapéla resort and mtn. Marmolada. It has been a member of the ‘Club dei Borghi più belli d'Italia' (association for small Italian towns of historical interest) since November 2016.

This ancient mountain village is characterised by tabièi, wooden barns found in the Dolomite area and used by farmers to store hay and agricultural tools. The oldest building in the village is the Santi Fabiano, Sebastiano e Rocco church which was erected in 1486 as an offering from the villagers.

The Serrai Gorge starts just past the last houses, a canyon about 2 km long which has been carved out by the Pettorina stream. Along this route, you can find the Franzei waterfalls, the small church of S. Antonio and a statue of Serrai's Virgin Mary in a natural cave.

Every Thursday night in the months of July and August, the village comes alive with an event called "Na sera da Zacàn- Arti e mestieri di un tempo" (An evening of days gone by- Traditional arts and crafts) where guests can taste typical dishes and see local artisan techniques such as ironmongry, spinning wool and wood carving.

The Serrai Gorge of Sottoguda is also a perfect destination for sports: in winter the canyon's waterfalls freeze creating a make-do gym for ice climbers, which is highly appreciated internationally. However, in summer, they become the ideal setting for easy hiking.

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