Deep in the traditions of the Dolomites

Rich fertile examples of architecture and ancient cultures: Alleghe is tradition...

The town of Alleghe has many examples of Gothic architecture and culture, with so many ancient stories and traditions to discover.

The small Gothic church of San Biagio has a number of fine works of art: the Madonna of Loreto, carved out of lime wood and dating back to 1570, the statue of San Biagio, a stone sculpture from 1400, and several eighteenth-century paintings.

As you stroll through the streets of the old town, you can still see traces of the ancient Venetian Republic in the mullioned windows of the Casal, alongside reminders of the farming tradition of the local people in the old barns called “tabià”.

The old barns, once used for the animals, display a surprising range of colours, from the darkest to the lightest wood. In the summer they are decorated with flowers in hundreds of different colours, while in the winter they are covered in snow.

Artisans craft small characteristic objects out of wood and the townsfolk, guardians of centuries of secrets and treasures handed down by word of mouth, tell us the many traditional legends of the Dolomites.

The local cuisine is typically Dolomite, featuring wholesome, simple and essential ingredients.

Delicious first courses are made with vegetables, pulses and fruits of the forest: soups with beans, nettles, mushrooms, barley or casunziei (half-moon-shaped ravioli) and rice prepared with pumpkin or milk from the mountain pastures. The most famous second course is pastin, a traditional mixture of minced beef which is seasoned with spices and flavourings and served either cooked on the barbecue, in a pan or raw.

Desserts such as grafogn from Agordo and ice cream from Zoldo are a treat for the taste buds… all rounded off with a good aromatic grappa to help your meal go down.