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Historical Attractions in Agordino

Historical Attractions in Agordino

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Agordino: an Open-Air Museum

Main historical and cultural attractions of the Heart of the Dolomites



The Agordino area is, in spite of appearances, a place with a rich historical background. Inhabited on permanent basis almost certainly starting from the 6th Century A.D., the Agordino attracted the first settlers because of its mining deposits, the most famous of which are the Val Imperina and the Vallalta mining areas. Going back many Centuries, the first known Agordino inhabitant is Valmo, the “Man from Mondeval”, a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,500 years ago on the Mondeval plateau and whose remains are housed in the “Vittorino Cazzetta” Public Museum of the Fiorentina Valley in Selva di Cadore. 


Storia dell'Agordino
Castello di Andraz – Schloss Buchenstein, an ancient Tyrolean manor in Livinallongo del Col di Lana

The first church in the Agordino area might have been the San Simon Church in Vallada Agordina, traditionally founded by the Roman centaurion Celentone in the 6th or 8th Century A.D.. During the Middle Ages, there were several castles in the Agordino, like the one of the Avoscano Family in San Tomaso Agordino or the manor of the Sommavilla Family in Alleghe; to today’s date, the only Medieval castles still visible is the Andraz Castle (Italian: Castello di Andraz, German: Schloss Buchenstein) in Livinallongo del Col di Lana. 

Another interesting historical place to visit is the charming Bramezza Village in Rocca Pietore, in which it is said that Venice used to confine the Ottoman prisoners during the Mediterranean Wars period. The Agordino is, moreover, a place rich in remains of the Great War in the Dolomites. 

Military tunnel complex from the Great War on the Monte Celo in La Valle Agordina

The Agordino people have always displayed a remarkable ability to cooperate; an essential skill to survive in high mountain areas that are often inhospitable and prone to natural disasters. The first dairy cooperative of the whole Italy was found in Canale d’Agordo by Don Antonio Della Lucia in the late 19th Century. The Conca Agordina, the southernmost valley of the Agordino area, has a centuries-long tradition in chair-making and a prestigious mining school, the Istituto Minerario Follador. Canale d’Agordo is the birthplace of Pope John Paul I. 

These and many other wonderful attractions wait for you in the Agordino, the Heart of the Dolomites! Click on the entries below to visit the dedicated pages.

Storia dell'Agordino
The Toresela in Agordo


Agordino Dolomiti

List of the main historical and cultural attractions of the 



History of the Agordino – Sum up
The Great War in the Agordino
Charcoal makers & Pojàt in the Agordino
House of the Rules in Canale d’Agordo
Forcella Moschesin Barracks
Andraz Castle
Val Imperina Mining Center
Carlo Delcroix Multimedia Center
Cesa de Jan in Colle Santa Lucia
Beata Vergine della Salute Church inCaviola (Falcade)
San Lucano Church in Valle di San Lucano
San Sebastiano Church in Falcade Alto
San Simon Italian Monumental Church
Santa Fosca Church in Selva di Cadore
Conthe & Careghete (Agordino chairmakers)
Don Antonio della Lucia
El Broi in Agordo
Tagliata di San Martino Military Fort
Peden Fort
La Corte Fort
Istitut Cultural Ladin Cesa de Jan
L’Om de Mondeval and Vittorino Cazzetta
The Great War on the Marmolada
Fursil Mines
Vallalta Mining Center
Augusto Murer Museum
“Vittorino Cazzetta” Val Fiorentina Public Museum
Feder Dairy Museum
John Paul I Museum
Stonecutters’ Museum in Cencenighe Agordino
Ladin Museum in Livinallongo del Col di Lana
Gosaldo Ethnographic Museum
“I Careghete” Ethongraphic Museum in Rivamonte Agordino
Ethongraphic Museum in La Valle Agordina
Ethongraphic Museum in Taibon Agordino
Geological and Archaeological Museum in Agordo
Crotta – De’ Manzoni Palace
Germanic Military Shrine in Livinallongo
Pian di Salesei Military Shrine in Livinallongo
Sass del Userta and Sass de le Cros in Taibon Agordino
Agordo Mining School
Somaselva (hamlets of L’Andria e Toffol in Selva di Cadore)
Sottoguda (Borghi più Belli d’Italia)
The Toresela in Agordo
La Valle con i Santi alle Finestre
The “Vaticano” in San Tomaso Agordino
Bramezza Village


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