The chief village, seat of the municipality of Laives, is a succeeded combination of tradition and modernity.
The settlement history of Laives harkens back to prehistoric times, when the Gallic people of the Rhaetians had wine grown in this area. The remnants of a Gallic farm which have been found in the last years, can be visited at the children’s playground in Via Galizia.
The municipality of Laives is located at 260 m asl and extends on a debris cone at the exit of the Vallarsa di Laives valley, which extends from Nova Ponente down to the Val d’Adige. Once upon a time this valley was by the way an important arterial road. High above the village, the little S. Pietro parish church enthrones a hill, it is also illustrated on the municipal coat of arms. Located along the famous pilgrims’ trail from Laives to Pietralba, it is both popular with hikers and pilgrims. Another popular hiking trail is the Alta Via of Laives.
The original statue of the Virgin Mary is by the way preserved at the altar of the parish church of Laives, dedicated to S. Antonio and Nicolò. One of the main characteristics of this church are the various construction styles it unites, from the Romanesque bell tower to the modern addition of the nave. Opposite the sacred building, there is the new town-hall, made of red porphyry stones of Laives.
In the recent years, Laives has developed a lively club activity. Two of the most important are the Dolomite Choir “Coro Monti Pallidi“ and the theatre association “Filodrammatica”, performing in Italian dialect.