Where Ladin customs and traditions are cherished like nowhere else
- Ideal for a relaxing holiday close to nature
- A good choice of accommodation and restaurants
- The Santa Croce hospice
Located 1,324 m (4,343 ft) above sea level, Badia is a quiet village which has retained its rural character. Its well-preserved Ladin hamlets make Badia a real gem of agricultural-alpine building tradition. Other buildings, such as guest houses and hotels, have also retained the features of the Ladin architecture.
Nowhere else are the traditions and customs of the Ladin people cherished more than in Badia. Its citizens love to introduce tourists to the local customs. For this purpose, themed events are organised the whole year around, such as the Leonhardiritt (Leonhardi-ride) or the farmers' sleigh ride.
If you would like to visit Badia to attend one of these various events or to spend your holidays there, you can choose from a wide variety of accommodation types: Hotel and inns will, besides international dishes, offer you delicious traditional specialities as well. If you prefer it more casual, you should go for a guest house, a B&B accomodation or an apartment and if you seek farming ambience, you should try a farm holiday.
The village's cultural heritage dates back to the Bronze age, as finds near Sotćiastel prove. Things worth seeing include the magnificent parish church of St Leonhard as well as the pilgrimage church Heilig Kreuz located at 2.045 m (6,709 ft) above sea level. Saint Josef Freinademetz, the sculptor Lois Anvidalfarei and the painter Lois Irsara are among the peaceful village's most famous sons.
Badia's naturalness in both summer and winter make it the perfect place for relaxing and nature-oriented holidays for families with children.
In summer, you can choose from a variety of hikes immersed in nature, from easy walks to challenging tours.
In winter, the ski runs on Mount Heilig Kreuz (Heiligkreuzkofel) invite to a family skiing day or ski tours surrounded by nature and are particularly popular due to traditional cooking practised there. Along the runs, one finds many small and rustic ski huts in which the innkeepers cook and serve the meals themselves. The chair lifts Pradüc and Sponata allow one to reach the skiing region of Alta Badia in minutes.