Val Biois (Dolomites)

Agordino DolomitiVal Biois

(Canale d’Agordo, Falcade, Vallada Agordina)

Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site

 

 

The Val Biois [Biois Valley, often also Valle del Biois] is a valley of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site located in the High Agordino (Alto Agordino) in the Province of Belluno, Veneto Region, Italy. The Val Biois borders with the Province of Trento (Trentino) through the San Pellegrino and Valles passes. The name derives from the main river of the valley, the Biois, tributary of the Cordevole. We can thus define Biois Valley that portion of Dolomites between the Passo San Pellegrino (from where the stream flows out) and Cencenighe Agordino (where the stream flows into the Cordevole).

 

La Val Biois da Cima Pape

Val Biois from Cima Pape

Pale di San Martino dal Passo San Pellegrino

Pale di San Martino from the Passo San Pellegrino

Bosch Brusà

Focobon from Rifugio Mulaz

 

With reference to the UNESCO Natural Heritage, the Val Biois is located in the amazing context of the Pale di San Martino (Pale di San Martino, San Lucano, Vette Feltrine and Dolomiti Bellunesi, the third of the nine official Dolomites Systems according to the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation) and of the peaks of the south-western part of the Marmolada Grop (2nd of the 9 Dolomites Systems); furthermore, may other fascinating peaks can be admired from different places of the Valley, like the Civetta, Pelmo, Antelao and many others.

 

Some of the peaks of the Sottogruppo de Ombrèta (Marmolada Group) in Valfredda, Falcade

Focobon | Val Biois | Agordino |Dolomiti Unesco

Focobon | Pale di San Martino | Dolomiti Bellunesi | Dolomiti Patrimonio Naturale dell'Umanità UNESCO

Cascata delle Comelle a Gares

Cascata delle Comelle in Gares

Cime d’Auta

 

The Val Biois is formed institutionally by three Municipalities belonging to the Province of Belluno: Falcade, Canale d’Agordo and Vallada Agordina; by convention, the Municipality of Cencenighe Agordino is also included in the Val Biois, even if the village is located at the confluence of the Val Biois and the Val Cordevole. Falcade is the most populated village of the valley and the most popular tourist resort, whereas Vallada Agordina is the smallest Municipality of the whole Agordino area as for the number of inhabitants.

 

Valfredda in autunno

Valfredda in Autumn

MTB Dolomiti

As southern access to the Alpe Lusia – San Pellegrino ski area (Dolomiti Superski), the Val Biois is quite a renowned ski resort of the Dolomites; from the hamlet of Molino in Falcade, guests can enter the ski area through the brand new Molino-Le Buse cable car and enjoy almost 100 kilometers of perfectly groomed ski slopes. In summer, Falcade and the Val Biois are popular tourist destinations thanks to marvelous landscapes and a wide variety of hiking, climbing and mountain biking trails. Canale d’Agordo, located just a kilometer far from Falcade, is also a popular resort thanks to the marvelous Val di Gares, one of the most untouched and fascinating corners of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Canale d’Agordo is furthermore a worldwide known religious pilgrimage destination since it is the birthplace of Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani.

All three Municipalities of the Val Biois have common features: first of all, the huge amount of Tabià (the traditional wood barns of the Dolomites); more than 300 original barns (more of which are Centuries old) can be admired throughout the valley, with a number which has no equal in the whole Dolomites area. Val Biois is also known as the “Valley with the Saints at the Windows“, since an unparalleled number of religious frescos are visible on the ancient houses and barns of the place. To this attraction, a cultural path has been dedicated by the Veneto Region.

Tabià in Via Soia a Canale d'Agordo

Tabià along Via Soia in Canale d’Agordo

Murales del XVII Secolo a Canale d'Agordo

17th Century religious fresco in Canale d’Agordo

La Valle Coi Santi Alle Finestre Val Biois Dolomiti

Falcade con il Civetta sullo sfondo

Falcade with Mount Civetta in the background

Se Desmonteghea

 

Val Biois | Monuments

 

Monumental Church of San Simon in Vallada Agordina (an Italian National Monument since 1877)

The House of Rules (Casa delle Regole), the ancient administrative center of Canale d’Agordo, built in 1640

Church of the Saints Fabiano and Sebastiano in Falcade Alto, a fascinating example of Alpine Gothic style

– the above mentioned tabià of the Val Biois

– the Church of the Madonna della Salute in Caviola (Falcade)

– the first cooperative dairy factory of Italy and the first brewery of Italy

Augusto Murer Museum in Falcade, an exhibition space dedicated to the Italian artist Augusto Murer and to his son Franco

MUSAL Museum in Canale d’Agordo dedicated to Pope John Paul I

Dairy Factory Museum in Fedér (Canale d’Agordo)

 

Chiesa di Falcade Alto

Church of Falcade Alto

Veduta su Pian delle Comelle dal Viaz del Bus

Pian delle Comelle from thel Viaz del Bus path

Museo Murer a Falcade

Augusto Murer Museum

Il Museo del Papa

Musal Museum

 

Other attractions:

 

Dolomites (Focobon, Civetta, Cime d’Auta)
Valle di Gares (Canale d’Agordo)
Passo San Pellegrino
Passo Valles
ski area Alpe Lusia San Pellegrino

– Val Biois hiking net, Alta Via dei Pastori, Via Tilman
Pietro Scola Cross-Country Ski Center in Falcade
Franco Murer Cross-Country Ski Center in Canale d’Agordo
– Val Biois cycling path
Valfredda

 

 

Località Le Buse, comprensorio sciistico San Pellegrino

Le Buse, San Pellegrino ski area

Dettagli del Focobon

The towers of Mount Focobon

 

Val Biois | Culture and events:

 

La Zinghenesta, the Carnival festival of canale d’Agordo;
Se Desmontaghea, transhumance festival of the Val Biois in Falcade;
Sagra di San Giovanni in Canale d’Agordo;
Sagra di San Simon in Vallada Agordina;
Sagra di Col de Rif in Falcade;
Epiphany bonefires (Pavarui).

 

 

 

La Zinghenesta, © Comitato La Zinghenesta

Lasagne da Fornel and Paste da Pavare, typical Christmas dishes of the Val Biois

 

Tourist Information Offices:

Ufficio Turistico di Falcade
Tel. +39 0437 599062
E-mail: proloco.caviola@libero.it

Pro Loco Canale d’Agordo
Tel. +390437 1948030
E-mail: info@prolococanale.it

Pro Loco Vallada Agordina
Tel. +39 324 5906439

 

 

Canale d' Agordo

falcade

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