The “Marble & Apricots” cultural festival in Lasa in the Val Venosta valley skilfully combines food and drink with handicrafts and art
The so-called Marble and Apricot Days take place every year on the 1st weekend in August: For two days, Lasa, known for its marble quarries, is under the sign of the apricots of the Val Venosta and the Lasa Marble, known as the purest marble in Europe. It is a street and cultural festival that invites you to a lively hustle and bustle in the streets and at various sites. 40 stalls offer local products, stone sculptors show how new sculptures are created, and at exhibitions and lectures the secret of marble, the favourite stone of royalty, architects and artists, can be discovered.
Of course, the apricots are not neglected either, because where marble is mined high above the valley, the orchards producing the sweet fruits are located around Lasa. The restaurants of the area and the market stalls offer specialities made of sweet apricots. Also independently from the event, you may discover where the precious marble comes from: for example during the hike via Cengles to the Marble Railway of Lasa or the MTB tour from Covelano to the marble quarry.