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San Leonardo in Badia

San Linert with its eponymous parish church represents the centre of the municipality Badia in the rear Val Badia valley.

San Leonardo, in Ladin San Linert and in German St. Leonhard, is particularly proud of its rococo-style St. Leonard Church, which is one of the most beautiful houses of worship in South Tyrol. Together with Pedraces on the other side of the Rio Gadera stream, San Leonardo forms the centre of the municipality of Badia and becomes, so to speak, Badia village. The holiday resort is overlooked by the impressive Santa Croce Massif, at the foot of which the well-known Santa Croce or La Crusc Pilgrimage Church is enthroned, a recommendable excursion destination.

At the edge of the typical Ladin mountain village, the La Crusc Chairlift starts up to the meadows below Mt. Sasso di Santa Croce. The first section takes you to the La Crusc Summer Park. There, a mini zoo with alpacas, donkeys and rabbits and exciting play stations amidst the relaxing mountain world of the Dolomites await young and old visitors. The route then continues with section II to the La Crusc Pilgrimage Site in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park.

In winter, the area of San Leonardo in Badia becomes the starting point for snowshoe and ski tours. The La Crusc Cable Car also forms the gateway to the Alta Badia Skiing Area, which has its slopes below the Santa Croce Massif. Badia village has preserved its rural charm, and some famous people were also born here. These include the two artists Lois Anvidalfarei and Lois Irsara as well as the first saint of South Tyrol, Saint Giuseppe Freinademetz.

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