Rocca Pietore: in the heart of the Dolomites, at the heart of UNESCO
Nestling in the heart of the Dolomites, at the foot of the Marmolada, the Municipality of Rocca Pietore (la Ròcia in Ladin) is an oasis of peace and tranquillity for your holidays. The name of the village derives from a tower that once stood in the square, beside the church.
The Ski Area Marmolada, part of Dolomiti Superski, in the Serrai di Sottoguda nature reserve are the two best-known local attractions, ideal for all sorts of sports activities and offering splendid views as far as the eye can see.
Accommodation can be found to suit all sorts of needs: hotels, guesthouses, mountain refuges, apartments nestling in the green of the woods or amid the white snow.
Visitors must not fail to take a look around the attractive, internationally renowned woodcraft and wrought iron workshops in Pian and Sottoguda.
Rocca Pietore is the main town in the Val Pettorina; with over 1400 inhabitants and a surface area of 76 square kilometres, it is one of the largest in the Agordino area.
There are a huge number of little villages dotted around the valley, all of them worth a visit:
Rocca (La Ròcia): Malga Ciapela, Sottoguda (Stagùda), Piàn, Palue, Bosco Verde, Col di Rocca (Còl de Ròcia), Rocca Pietore (Ròcia, the main village of the municipality), Troi, Molin, Congiuo;
Laste: Savinèr di Laste (Savinèi), Sopracordevole (Soracordól), Digonera), Laste di Sotto (Laste de Sot,), Laste di Sopra (Laste de Sora), Soppera (Sopièra), Dagai (Daghèi), Val, Davare, Col di Laste (Còl de Laste), Moè (Muiéi), le Còste, Ronch;
Callòneghe: Santa Maria delle Grazie (Zernade), Saviner di Callòneghe (Savinèi), Caracoi Cimai (Caracogn Zimai), Caracoi Agoin (Caracogn Agoin), Bramezza (Bremeza), Masaré, Sorarù, Pezzé (Pezéi).
Among the most interesting historical monuments are the Gothic church of Santa Maria Maddalena in Rocca Pietore: built in 1442, it boasts a characteristic pointed Ghibelline bell tower. Inside, visitors can inspire the altarpiece from 1517 and the seventeenth-century tabernacle.
Rocca Pietore also boasts a wealth of ancient traditions and cultural features that have survived to this day, partly thanks to the support of the Union di Ladins de Rocia association, committed to safeguarding and enhancing the area’s cultural heritage.