Ancient traditions and lively customs complement a pioneering spirit and innovation very well. Venosta Valley is the best proof of this. Customs of pagan origin – originally christianised 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/Prad
and the unspoilt Klosn in Stelvio/Stilfs
. 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 meters above sea level.
In mid-June the Sacred Heart of Jesus fires
on the mountains attract many onlookers from far and near; in the fall attractions include traditional markets
like the Sealamorkt
in Glorenza on All Souls’ Day or the Gollimorkt
in Malles/Mals, where primarily top-quality products from local alpine farming
are on offer.