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A Guide to Ortisei

Ortisei is situated at the foot of the Siusi Alps, below the woods of Rasciesa, at an altitude of approximately 1200 metres. Ortisei is seen as the capital of the Val Gardena. It is a diverse modern town that offers a vibrant historic centre and the chance to enjoy the tranquillity of the districts of San Giacomo and Bulla. Although it is a modern town eighty percent of the population still follow ladina customs and speak the ladina language.

Ortisei is very popular with winter sports enthusiasts with ski loves that are easily reachable through numerous cableways. Two of these in particular, connect tourists with the Altopiano of Siusi and Seceda, also suitable for those who do not wish to ski. A walk along the old tracks of the Chiusa-Val Gardena railway line which links Ortisei with Santa Cristina Val Gardena is captivating.

For those interested in the traditions of the area, as well as the ladina culture, Ortisei has a number of craft shops linked to an age old tradition of wood sculpture.
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