La Villa lies at an elevation of 1,433 m above sea level in the centre of Alta Badia. Surrounded by the UNESCO World Heritage Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Parks, the Ladin mountain village is a popular holiday destination for genuine lovers of nature and active holidaymakers. And as far as events of international renown are concerned, La Villa is a true hotspot: in December the place becomes the centre of international skiing events, and in summer the famous cycling marathon “Maratona dles Dolomites” starts from here.
And there’s more than sporting activities on offer in La Villa – culture lovers won’t be disappointed here. The Ciastel Colz castle, and the church built in 1516 and dedicated to Saint Maria ad Stellam, together form the historic centre of the village. The church has also given the village its German name ‘Stern’, meaning ‘star’, by which it is also known.
In La Villa, the quality of the hospitality business has constantly improved over the years, regardless of whether we are talking about hotels, B&B, holiday homes or holidays on the farm. Convivial restaurants, elegant wine bars, tempting patisseries as well as specialist shops and rental companies complete the amenities on offer.
Every December the men’s Alpine Ski World Cup takes place in La Villa on the Gran Risa piste, one of the most technically demanding ski runs in the circuit. The stars of the ski scene have been assembling here for more than 30 years for a fashionable and sporting rendezvous.
Perfect for all skiers is the access provided by the Piz La Ila cable car to the plateau between La Villa, San Cassiano and Corvara. In addition to expertly prepared ski runs and fantastic views, numerous inviting huts offer a tempting array of delicious foods to please your taste buds.
Summer in La Villa is fully given over to hiking and biking. The many hiking trails, mountain paths and cycle tours invite the active holidaymaker to experience the magnificent surrounding countryside right up close.