This 35 km long valley extends from San Lorenzo in Val Pusteria to the Sella massif.
The Val Badia is one of the Dolomite valleys in which the Ladin language is still spoken. Its German name “Gadertal” comes from the river that runs through the dale, which is the Gadera. This valley, which is often called “the heart of Dolomite mountains”, comprises five main villages, that are Corvara, Badia, La Valle, San Martino in Badia and Marebbe.
It is presumed that the Val Badia has already been inhabited in pre-Roman times. One of the reasons why the ladin language has been preserved in this valley is its largely isolated position since about one hundred years ago. Surrounded by majestic mountains, for example the Lagazuoi, Piz Boè and Forcella, the Val Badia has become a popular holiday destination.
As San Martino (S. Martin de Tor) is considered to be the cradle of the Ladin language, there is also the Ladin Museum “Ciastel de Tor” in the local castle. By visiting this museum you can get an insight into the history and present situation of the valley as well as its culture and language. Also the cultural institute “Micurà de Rü”, which is aimed at boosting the Ladin language, is situated in San Martino.