Imèr is the first village you come across after passing through the Schenèr gorge, and is therefore the gateway to the Primiero Valley.
This alpine village is in a privileged position for those who want to venture on numerous excursions: from the spectacular meadows dotted with huts (“masi”, in Primiero dialect) at the top of Mount Vederna, to the legendary church of San Silvestro, set in the rocks of Mount Totoga, to the walk that leads to the top of Pavione, the characteristic pyramid-shaped mountain, one of the most evocative and panoramic points of the entire Primiero Valley.
Imèr also offers one of the most popular folk festivals in the Primiero area, the famous Festa del Canederlo, held on the first weekend in September, where more than 20 thousand canederli, large bread dumplings typical of Trentino and Tyrolean cuisine (Knödel), are eaten.
Imèr, in fact, like the rest of the Primiero valley, was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and in the area of Pontet, near Lake Schenèr, the old customs post between the Empire and the Kingdom of Italy was located, and has therefore inherited some Tyrolean customs and traditions, especially in the local cuisine and dialect.
A stone’s throw from Imèr lies the picturesque village of Mezzano. Ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, it is a village with a strong alpine and rural identity. Among the characteristic “canisèle“, the narrow alleys of the village, it is possible to admire the works of the exhibition “Cataste e Canzei“, an exhibition of artistic installations made with woodpiles.
Also not to be missed is the ‘Sedia Rossa’ (Red Chair), an initiative designed to give visitors an experience of total immersion in the local culture.
A simple red chair is placed in the corners of the village in order to give
Once you have found it, all you have to do is ring the bell on the seat and someone from the village will arrive to answer questions, tell anecdotes about the history, culture and local traditions, give advice on where to find typical and handmade products, and have a good laugh together!
In Mezzano there is no shortage of village festivals: don’t miss the traditional “Sagra dei Carmeni e del Carmenin” in July, where you can taste typical dishes, dance and music, and watch the traditional “Palio dei Musàti“, in which eight jockeys riding donkeys compete in a race through the streets of the town centre.
Other places of interest in the Primiero valley are Fiera di Primiero, which was originally the economic and political centre of the valley, as markets, or ‘fairs’, were held here. The centre of Fiera, with its terraced buildings, has a distinct Tyrolean architectural style, testimony to its past as a fiefdom of the Welsperg counts. If you walk along Koch Street, at the end of the central district of Fiera, you can reach the historic Palazzo delle Miniere and the Archpriest’s Church.
Also worth visiting is the town of Tonadico, the ‘Paese Pinacoteca‘, so called because of the numerous popular frescoes on the facades of the houses.
At the top of the valley, we find San Martino di Castrozza, which lies in a basin at the foot of the spectacular Pale di San Martino group. The youngest of the villages in the valley, it began its tourist activity with the construction of the first hotels at the end of the 19th century. From here, it is possible to access a wide range of excursions, climbs, trails and alpine refuges within the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Park. Worth mentioning are the ascent to the Rosetta cable car, the walk to the beautiful Colbricon lakes, as well as the countless gastronomic experiences among the various Malghe.
At Passo Rolle, just a few kilometres north of San Martino, you can reach the famous Baita Segantini, one of the most photographed points in the Dolomites, or immerse yourself in the
Val Venegia, an easy walk at the foot of the highest peaks of the Pale di San Martino.
The resort is also perfect for winter sports lovers. The ski slopes of the San Martino di Castrozza-Passo Rolle district are spectacular, suitable for both downhill skiing and snowboarding. The cross-country ski runs are also very popular, in addition to those in San Martino, including those at Calaita Lake and Passo Cereda. There are numerous activities other than skiing, such as ice skating, karting on ice, rides in the “troika” (the traditional horse-drawn carriage) and sunbathing at high altitude.
Well.. we can say that there’s something for everyone!