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Holidays in La Villa: star in the Dolomites

The district of La Villa – Stern in German – is maybe familiar to everyone that knows a lot about the international ski sport.

Parish church in Stern
Parish church in Stern

The parish church of Stern was consecrated in 1516.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer

In fact, here on the rapid Gran Risa ski run, there are several races of the international ski world cup every year. During this time of the year, the otherwise quiet village becomes a lively winter sports centre.

Music, holiday spirit, party and ski lovers from all over the world – the ski race itself is not the most important thing during the world cup weekend, as there is very much going on in La Villa in the middle of December.

For the rest of the year, La Villa is a small and rustic village in the mountains. The district of Abtei municipality is located at 1,583 m of altitude in the heart of the Dolomites. Travellers should absolutely visit Ciastel Colz castle that can only be visited from the outside and St. Maria ad Stellam church built in 1516, hence the German name of the village.

Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Visual Working - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Visual Working - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Andre Schönherr - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Andre Schönherr - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Visual Working - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Visual Working - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Visual Working - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Visual Working - Alta Badia Brand
Hiking area Alta Badia
Hiking area Alta Badia

The hiking area Alta Badia in the heart of the Dolomites makes holiday dreams come true for families, active vacationers and nature lovers.

© Freddy Planinschek - Alta Badia Brand
Autumn in Stern
Autumn in Stern

In the autumn months, the larches change into golden colours, creating a unique natural scenery.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer
Heiligkreuzkofel near Stern
Heiligkreuzkofel near Stern

Mt. Heiligkreuzkofel is 2,907 m high and is well-known among hikers and climbers.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer

Summer in la Villa

Embedded between the mighty rock walls of Mt. Heiligkreuzkofel, Mt. Lavarella and Mt. Conturines, the place is an excellent starting point for hikes, climbing and bike tours.

Famous destinations for excursions are the Gardenazza high plateau and the Armentara meadows with the famous pilgrimage church of Heilig Kreuz. The deer park Sompunt between La Villa and Badia attracts numerous families. Here, on 7 hectares of woods and meadows, there are deer and other animals, such as ponies, donkey, sheep and goats. Entrance is free.

La Villa in Alta Badia is a famous holiday destination for cyclists and mountain bikers too. Numerous mountain bike trails and the famous passes of the Dolomites guarantee varied challenges with great panoramic views. La Villa is as well the starting point of Maratona dles Dolomites bike marathon, taking place every year.

Holiday offers

Ski World Cup in Alta Badia
Ski World Cup in Alta Badia

Since many years already, there are ski world cup races on the Gran Risa ski run. the entertainment programme is excellent and offers great fun also off the slopes.

© Alta Badia - Freddy Planinschek
La Villa in winter
La Villa in winter

La Villa or Stern in Alta Badia is a popular winter sports resort. In the background, you can see the famous Gran Risa ski run, the location for international ski races time and time again.

© Alta Badia - Freddy Planinschek
Alta Badia
Alta Badia

Schlemmer skiing

© Alta Badia / F. Planinschek

Winter & ski holidays in the Dolomites

In winter, the snow-covered landscape around La Villa is perfect for skiing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking. The proximity to Alta Badia ski area and to the famous Sellaronda make La Villa one of the most famous winter sports destinations in the Dolomites.

The many exciting events about sports, culinary delicacies and Ladin culture guarantee finest entertainment – away from the ski runs too. Renowned hotels, first-class restaurants and inviting B&Bs contribute a lot to your unforgettable holidays.

Ski World Cup in Alta Badia
Ski World Cup in Alta Badia

Since many years already, there are ski world cup races on the Gran Risa ski run. the entertainment programme is excellent and offers great fun also off the slopes.

© Alta Badia - Freddy Planinschek
La Villa in winter
La Villa in winter

La Villa or Stern in Alta Badia is a popular winter sports resort. In the background, you can see the famous Gran Risa ski run, the location for international ski races time and time again.

© Alta Badia - Freddy Planinschek
Heiligkreuzkofel near Stern
Heiligkreuzkofel near Stern

Mt. Heiligkreuzkofel is 2,907 m high and is well-known among hikers and climbers.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer
View over Stern
View over Stern

Stern is located at the foot of many famous peaks of the Dolomites and is characterised by its particularly idyllic position.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer
Autumn in Stern
Autumn in Stern

In the autumn months, the larches change into golden colours, creating a unique natural scenery.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer
Castle Colz
Castle Colz

The history of Castle Colz dates back to the 16th century. Recently renovated, it is now an important cultural meeting point.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer
Parish church in Stern
Parish church in Stern

The parish church of Stern was consecrated in 1516.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer