Corvara in Badia
Corvara is a Comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in Northern Italy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Bolzano. It gets its name from the Latin for raven "corvus". Since around the 18th century, Corvara has been serving tourists with its warm hospitality, fantastic views and incredible outdoor activities.
Due to its geographic position in the heart of the Dolomites, Corvara is the main center of Alta Badia, a prestigious tourist area located at the top end of the Val Badia. It is surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites mountains: Sassongher, Sella, Fanes and Puez Odle mountains, Gardena and Campolongo and not far from Falzarego passes.
Even if Val Badia is in the Tyrol area where the majority languages are Italian and German, the native language of the locals is Ladin.
Corvara is often described as the cradle or birthplace of tourism in Alta Badia. The locals are warm and welcoming and the accommodations are absolutely superb. Whether you want to spend time in a small family run home and experience the life of a true mountain clan or get pampered at a world class hotel, there is a place for you in Corvara. The area is proud of their ancient tradition.
In Corvara, one can also find a huge variety of eateries. Restaurants, cafes, pubs and pastry shops abound, each offering a delicious selection of tasty local fare.
Traditional cuisine in Alta Badia has its roots in the farm cuisine of our ancestors. Few foodstuffs were available back then and the dishes were easy to make and highly characterized by daily life in their preparation (festivals, times of need and even superstition).
The lack of ingredients actually inspired the housewives to create delicious dishes using sparse ingredients and these dishes such as barley soup, Turtres (fried pastries filled with spinach or sauerkraut), Schlutzkrapfen (Ravioli filled with spinach) or Furtaies (a spiral-shaped, fried dessert) remain some the most popular specialties of Ladin cuisine up to today.
Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor: this is a small but excellent museum explaining the history of the Ladin population and Alta Badia. The museum is housed in a historically important castle of Alta Badia in San Martino in Badia. The Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus (Ladin Cave Bear Museum) in the center of San Cassiano is also worth exploring.
Following the traces of the First World War: The tunnels which wind their way through the hillsides of Lagazuoi, the trenches at Sass de Stria and the open-air museum "5 Torri" bear important testimony to the front line where Italians and Austrians met in combat during the First World War.
A unique feature of ISVCS is the opportunity to spend time in spectacular mountain scenery. Each day a hike or excursion is organised, with different options available allowing for the differing mobility of the participants. These activities are optional but have always proved very popular among attendees at previous Symposia. The following outings are proposed (subject to weather conditions).
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