Ortisei

The altitude of Ortisei is 1,236 m above sea level and makes of Ortisei the ideal place for winter and summer holidays. This town of Ortisei, with its old and solid mercantile tradition and rich history, has a particular urban plan that blends harmoniously with the landscape. The centre and its pedestrian only area are a wonderful meeting place but are also ideal for shopping. From here one may easily wander off into the woods in search of some old farm. The Seceda and the Alpe di Siusi can be reached by comfortable lifts from the center of Ortisei. Situated at an altitude of 3700 feet, bedded in the beautiful valley between the flat slopes of the Raschoetz and the steep wooded slopes of the famous Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi, is the market village of Ortisei, which in Ladin is called Urtijei, and in German St.Ulrich.

It is not just one alpine landscape that surrounds Ortisei. It is perhaps the most beautiful ranges of earth, called the dolomites. These dolomites may establish the call of the place and valley as a vacations field of unique beauty. Ortisei, the capital of the Val Gardena is situated at an altitude of roughly 1200 meters, at the feet of the Siusi Alps, below the woods of Rasciesa. There is a lively historic center, but Ortisei also offers the visitor relaxation in the quiet districts of San Giacomo and Bulla.

Ortisei is a modern town which also represents the traditional heart of the ladina culture: in fact ladina is the mother tongue of roughly eighty percent of the population. Ortisei is known principally as an ideal destination for winter tourism with ski slopes which are easily reached thanks to a number of cableways. Two of these in particular, connect tourists with the Altopiano of Siusi and Seceda, also suitable for those who do not wish to ski. A walk along the old tracks of the Chiusa-Val Gardena railway line which links Ortisei with Santa Cristina Val Gardena is captivating. For those interested in the traditions of the area, as well as the ladina culture, Ortisei has a number of craft shops linked to an age old tradition of wood sculpture.

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