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Lively Customs

Lively Customs Throughout the Year

Vibrant Traditions and Ancient Customs

Many archaic pagan customs which were later Christianized continue to exist in Venosta Valley, for instance the Scheibenschlagen (Launching of Burning Disks) in Venosta Valley. Whoever happens to be present at one of these evening celebrations on the mystical Tarces hill on the first Sunday of Lent in February will experience an unforgettable poetic atmosphere.

In the village of Prato/Prat, winter is cast away during the crazy Zusslrennen (Zussl Race). The customs during the St. Nicolas time in December are also fascinating, particularly the Klosn Festival in Stelvio/Stilfs. The Glorenza Advent in the medieval town of Glorenza/Glurns and the market in Martello/Martelltal valley (located at an altitude of more than 2000m) are both eventful Christmas markets.

In June, curious onlookers are attracted by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Fires on the mountains, and in the autumn, traditional markets like the Allerseelenmarkt of Glorenza also attract crowds of visitors.
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23.02.2017

Traditional "Zussl Race" in Prato/Prad

The traditional Zussl Race in Prato allo Stelvio is meant to chase away the winter and cold and to awaken the spring by making noise and having a loud charivari concert. This ancient carnival tradition of noise in Prato allo Stelvio takes place ...
 
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05.03.2017

The Launching of Burning Disks in Venosta Valley

A popular custom among aficionados of ancient traditions is the ritual of the launching of burning disks, the so-called "Scheibenschlagen", which takes place annually in Venosta Valley. With this archaic tradition, held each year on Septuagesima, ...
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The Venosta Valley SkiCard is valid for all ski resorts in the Venosta Valley and provides access to five ski areas, 39 lift facilities and 133 km of slopes.
 
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Traditional farmer's markets have been held weekly without interruption for many centuries in Venosta Valley. Today, they offer high-quality regional products and crafts.
 
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Val Venosta has to offer many cross-country skiing trails and scenic routes for both traditional cross-country skiing and skating for Nordic skiing fans.
 
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Already inhabited by Celts, Romans and Rhaetian Venostes in ancient times, the entire cultural region of Vinschgau contains monasteries, castles and old farmsteads from all epochs.
Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.