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Sacred Heart Fire

The Sacred Heart Fire

Every third Sunday after Pentecost, Sacred Heart Fires are lit along the mountain ridges all across the South Tyrol. The spectacle can be seen from afar and attracts many onlookers. This old custom, which was variously named midsummer fires, Christian Johannis fire and finally, during the Napoleonic era in 1796, the Sacred Heart Promise.

The tradition of the mountain fires actually dates back to pre-Christian times but in 1796, by the time Napoleon's army had reached the Alps, the light of the fires was turned into the Sacred Heart alliance. When faced with the threat of war, the Tyrolean parliament decided to entrust the country to the care of the "most holy heart of Jesus" in the quest for Divine redemption.
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Here you'll find an overview of the wide range and diversity of top events in the holiday area Upper Venosta Valley.
 
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On 15th January 2017 take place the Audi FIS Ski Worldcup Corss on the Adventure Mountain Watles in the Vinschgau Valley.
 
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We help you to find the ideal accomodations in the Upper Venosta Valley Holiday Area
 
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Discover the numerous hiking trails along the irrigations channel paths
Welcome to the Upper Venosta culture 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 Upper Venosta Valley.