Watch the flight of the Golden Eagle, the Chamois in the mountains, the Ptarmigan camouflaged in the snow. And rediscover the charm of nature. An experience to try in San Vigilio di Marebbe, in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park.
Over 56% of the Marebbe area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And one of the most poetic places is the Fanes Plateau between Val Pusteria, Val Badia and Cortina, and the heart of the Natural Park of Fanes Sennes Braies.
For nature lovers, the town and the surrounding area are perfect for their vision of tourism. You'll get lost among the peaks and landscapes rich in vegetation from all over the Dolomites.
The village is named after San Vigilio, an important missionary and bishop of Trento. Pagans killed him after he threw a statue of Saturn into the Sarca river.
The Church of San Vigilio is pretty unique, with a mix of Gothic and Rococo architecture.
A few steps from the church, you'll see the bronze statue of Katharina Lanz, a local woman who supposedly made the French flee during the Napoleonic wars.
Lake Braies is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Lake Braies is a few kilometres from San Virgilio di Marebbe and is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. You can also book excursions to navigate and enjoy a unique and relaxing day out.
An intense calendar of guided excursions and 2500 square meters of wellness spaces to relax. Great for families and couples.
In the "Owl Park San Vigilio," you can admire more than 70 birds, including owls, owls and even the golden eagle.
It is a beautiful zoological arch with birds of prey in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park, which enhances a particularity of these areas: to give shelter to five of the seven species of Strigiformes surveyed in the area, and that we all commonly know as owls, owls and tawny owls. They are not easy to see and spot, and Owl Park helps with this mission!
Near the Fanes Refuge, along the old military road, one of the most powerful high-tech telescopes, the Swarovski Optik ST Vista, has recently been installed to observe the surrounding nature. It allows wildlife enthusiasts to participate in the wildlife sighting programme launched by the tourist office of San Vigilio di Marebbe.
Road bikes and mountain bikes are so prevalent in San Vigilio di Marebbe and throughout the tourist area that they're the most used means of transport in summer.
Among the most beautiful itineraries are the trips to Pederü and Pliscia, as well as the splendid circular routes at Plan de Corones and on the Fanes plateau, which are also accessible to less trained cyclists with the help of e-bikes.
In addition to some of the most breathtaking hiking and trails in the Dolomites, San Vigilio also offers cyclists of all ages and levels the perfect training ground. Beginners, two-wheel acrobats, children, all will find their own testing ground here.
The training ground is located at the mountain station of the Piz de Plaies cable car and runs along the wooded slope of the Piz de Plaies. It is a trail with a view of the village of San Vigilio and all kinds of obstacles, natural or artificial, to test one's own technique.
The cable car Pedagà - Piz de Plaies takes you from San Vigilio di Marebbe (1185 m) to Piz de Plaies (1650 m).
The lift overcomes a height difference of 435 m. The modern cabins offer enough space for 8 people and allow you to transport mountain bikes to explore the natural park of Fanes-Senes-Braies by bicycle.
The Messner Mountain Museum Corones, or MMM, is located on the peaks with a sweeping view of the Alps in all four cardinal directions.
It is one of the most spectacular works of the modern era. The building, among other things, is a collaboration with the studio of one of the most famous and acclaimed architects of the last century, the late Zaha Hadid.
Do you know where the longest zip-line in Europe is located? Exactly! In San Vigilio di Marebbe. There are 15 stages, zigzagging from tree to tree, descending from Piz de Plaies to almost the main square of the city.
The name "Skyscraper" isn't accidental--it's a 15-meter swing at over 2,000 meters in the Dolomites, and it's pretty magical. A thrilling attraction, only for the bravest to swing in the sky in the middle of the mountains.
Val Badia has two natural parks that UNESCO recognised as natural heritage: the Puez-Odle nature park and the Fanes-Sennes-Braies.
There are plenty of hiking trails around San Vigilio di Marebbe for all levels, from easy walks to full-day hikes to via ferratas for experienced hikers.
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