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Tradition and Customs

Tradition and Customs in Prato allo Stelvio

Customs and Traditions Practiced throughout the Year

In Prato allo Stelvio, art and culture seamlessly coexist with traditional life. Customs of pagan origin – originally Christianized and in this manner conserved – are cultivated in the Venosta Valley through the present day. There are fascinating local winter customs like the Zussl race in Prato and the unspoilt Klosn in Stelvio. In addition, there are attractive Christmas markets full of atmosphere like the Advent in Glorenza/Glurns in the mediaeval village on the Adige river or the Val Martello Christmas market at more than 2000 metres above sea level.

Just about the entire population take part in typically boisterous celebrations and rituals leading up to Christmas such as the cracking of long whips, the Zussl race or dances of the masks symbolizing the ‘expulsion’ of winter. The Krampus raids and Santa Clause parades are genuine old folk festivals with a particular impact on children. In June every year, the Sacred Heart Fires are lit up on the slopes across the valley providing visitors with a fascinating spectacle against the backdrop of the mountains.
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Traditional parade with Santa Clause and the devils "Tuifl".
 
 
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Water is the main theme at the visitor center aquaprad of Prato allo Stelvio. Insight into the local fish fauna from mountain streams to rivers...
 
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Adventurous rafting routes and climbing in the larch forest
Welcome in Prato all Stelvio
Hike in the Stelvio National Park, bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta and ski with panoramic view on the Ortles. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.