voels ortsteil st kathrein
voels ortsteil st kathrein

Santa Caterina di Fié

The holiday village is situated between two large hiking and skiing areas: the Alpe di Siusi and the Catinaccio in the Tires Valley

The mountain village of Santa Caterina (St. Kathrein) lies high above the Val di Tires valley, in the municipality of Fiè allo Sciliar. In the middle of it all stands the village church, and around it the farms are scattered on the slopes at about 900 m a.s.l. The proximity to the surrounding peaks such as Mt. Cavone or the Sciliar make Santa Caterina a popular starting point for hiking and climbing tours, but other natural highlights such as the Earth Pyramids high above the Tires Valley and the three ponds of Fiè are also within easy reach.

The St. Catherine Chapel was mentioned already in the 13th century, but the area had been settled for thousands of years before. Presumably, the fertile soil and the terrain sloping down to the south were the reason for that. The church is now dedicated to St. Catherine (Santa Caterina), but was once assigned to St. Michael. That is why the farm next to it is called "Michaeler-Hof". On the south wall there is a roof and a wall, a former resting place for hikers and believers when the old long-distance road once passed here, connecting Bolzano with the Val di Fassa valley.

Summer and winter alike, the Siusi Alp on one side and the Catinaccio Group on the other invite you to extensive hikes. In winter, the Alpe di Siusi Ski Area - the high plateau is also known for its cross-country ski tracks - and the Carezza Dolomites Ski Area are about the same distance away. The popular Aica di Fiè Farm Trail also ends and starts in the village, leading you on a nearly 10 km long route from Presule Castle to the little St. Catherine Church, right through the varied natural and cultural landscape of the Tires Valley and the Sciliar area.

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