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The appeal of tradition

Discovering an area from constantly new perspectives and with a good dose of curiosity. Val di Sole history, art, traditions and culture, all become clear to the attentive visitor through expressions, sounds, snippets of daily life, and cultural treasures narrated with an open mind, without haste and while living in the moment. Val di Sole is also this: a pursuit of beauty, giving in to the force at the heart of a place and the people who inhabit it. The daily life of yesterday told to the families of today: learning about lifestyles that have now disappeared, together with arts, crafts and jobs linked to the countryside and the woods. The story of a modest economy that however populated the «highlands» for thousands of years.

Caseificio Presanella | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Processing fresh milk

Today in Val di Sole, as in the past, fresh milk is processed using traditional methods to make butter, ricotta and cheese of exceptional quality, Casolét in particular and a special local mature cheese
Tortei de patate Agritur Solasna | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Caspar Diederick

Stories, flavours and recipes from the mountains

How about exploring the Val di Sole with us, starting with food? Whet your appetite by reading our recipes that embody the most appetising side of the mountain
Molino Ruatti Val di Rabbi | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Flour mills, sawmills and forges: using water

Water as an indispensable resource for work by men in the mountains. In Val di Sole, flour mills, forges and sawmills tell stories from yesteryear, which live on in modern, engaging installations.
Ecomuseo Val Meledrio | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Museums and ecomuseums: stories about the local area

Open-air museums that bring a valley together to tell the story of the mountain's identity. History and culture, traditional crafts, the relationship with the environment and nature, religion, food and wine
Ivan Zanoni artigiano del ferro battuto | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Local crafts: from passion to art

Working wood, pottery and iron: a continually evolving tradition that merges old techniques, the cultural features of our valley, with modern needs
Masi in Val di Rabbi | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Joe Barba

The ancient appeal of the maso and the baita

The two kinds of buildings are the quintessence of traditional construction in these mountains, made entirely from of wood and stones. In the past they were homes for the locals; today they are a true symbol of authenticity
Raccolta del fieno in Val di Sole | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Agricultural produce and hay cutting

A trip into the past: cutting grass to use as hay for fodder. Mountain agriculture offers fresh, genuine zero-mile produce that can be bought at the Mercato Contadino (Farmer's Market) or directly from producers
Desmalgada in Val di Rabbi | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Seasonal herding and related local festivals

A classic appointment in September with the traditional return of the cattle from their high mountain pastures and the happy, noisy, true folkloristic festivals in the towns
Forte Strino Vermiglio | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

World War One sites

Lest we forget: an open-air museum made up of fortresses, tracks, a place of memory and a war museum with a wealth of historic exhibits to enrich our heritage and keep memories alive
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