The Odle mountain peaks and the church of Santa Maddalena are the symbols of the Val di Funes.
Santa Maddalena is located in the rear part of the valley at 1.339 m e has about 370 inhabitants. Here, at the foot of the Ruefen, also one of the symbols of the valley rises, which is the Santa Maddalena church (1,394 m): according to a legend, this is the place where the miraculous image of Santa Maddalena was washed up by the Fopal river. This church, obviously with the Odle mountains in the background, is one of the most popular photo motifs of the Dolomites.
Only a few km from Santa Maddalena, there is the Zannes mountain pasture, which is starting point for a variety of hikes in all the seasons. Adolf Munkel trail at the foot of the Odle peaks, a walk on the nature trail, to the Rif. Gampen, or a tour to the Sasso Putia, the Puez-Odle nature park offers destinations for all mountaineering levels. By the way, Santa Maddalena is also the site of the visitors’ centre, making you admire this green area from a bird’s eye perspective, “touch the mountains” and much more.
In winter, Santa Maddalena offers a ski lift in the centre of the village, ideal for making the first passes on skis. Moreover you can do cross-country skiing along the Zannes round trail or the Russis - Rif. Halshütte - Passo delle Erbe trail. If you prefer snowshoeing, we recommend you the Col di Poma, but there are also other worthy destinations. To make you winter dream complete, you can experience the snow-capped landscape on the horseback.
Our tip: an atmospheric sunset at the Gampenalm pasture, a pleasant stop at the Rif. Gampenalm and a romantic return in the moonlight.