One of the first traditions safeguarded by mountain people is their ladin language also called “Ladin Dolomitan” that is the Dolomite's ladin. A melting pot of all the dialects belonging to the Ladin tongue that you can find also in Friuli and in Graubünden, one of the cantons of Switzerland.
The valleys of the historic ladinia are five: Val Badia, where they speak “Badiot”, Val Gardena (Gherdëina), Val di Fassa (Fascian), Livinallongo - Arabba (Fodom) and Ampezzo (Ampezan). This means about 30,000 inhabitants that make up what has been left of a territory where the ladin language is still written and spoken, although less than in the past. In the past, the ladin language was considered a dialect. Today, in addition to German and Italian, Ladin is recognized as the third official language and it is also taught in schools.
The Agordino's dialect has attracted linguists as Giovanni Battista Pellegrini, author of essays on Agordo's dialects, or scholars such as Giovanni Battista Rossi, author of the Ladin dialects of the Agordino area vocabulary. Also the Val di Zoldo valley has its own dialect: "the zoldano".