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Vigo di Fassa: photo description (Vigo di Fassa)

Vigo di Fassa located in the centre of the Italian valley of Val di Fassa in Trentino-Alto Adige / südtirol, wonderfully combines the statuses of the tiny village and one of the largest ski resorts in the Dolomites. It lies at the foot of the majestic massif of Rosengarten on the right Bank of the river Avisio. You can get here from the airports of Bolzano, Verona, Venice and Innsbruck in Austria.

Today, Vigo di Fassa offers fine slopes are not just for professional skiing, but also for beginners and even children. From the town centre to the top of the Ciampedie (2000 metres) there is a cable car that lifts tourists to the beginning of the many ski slopes and also baby Park Baby Park. There are 16 km of slopes for beginners and a 2-kilometre track Tomba, aimed at experienced skiers and named after the famous Italian athlete Alberto Tomba.

The first documentary mention of Vigo di Fassa belong to the middle Ages when the town was a major religious and administrative centre of the whole Val di Fassa. And archaeological finds suggests that the first inhabitants of these places appeared in the Paleolithic era. Until 1860, the year the local economy was based mainly on the breeding of cattle and agriculture, and with the appearance here of the first tourists from Austria who were attracted by enchanting landscapes and a temperate climate, Vigo di Fassa began to develop as a resort. After the First World war the city became part of Italy.

Despite the fact that in 1921, the year Vigo di Fassa almost completely burned down during the great fire and was rebuilt, it has kept the unique atmosphere of a cozy Alpine village. In the center of town are nice churches Santa Giuliana and San Giovanni. The first is one of the oldest in Val di Fassa - it is known from 1237, the year and is notable for its frescoes in the apse and the carved wooden altar. And the Gothic Church of San Giovanni, next to which is crowned with a high spire steeple, was built in the 14th century. Particularly noteworthy are the Ladin Museum, where you can get acquainted with the legends and traditions of the ancient Ladin people and the local Institute of culture, language learners and heritage of the local ethnic groups. You can also explore the Mineralogical Museum, Manzoni with one of the most complete collections of the minerals of the Dolomites and the Austrian-Hungarian cemetery.