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Sarentino village

The Rohrerhaus, an old farmstead made of stone and wood, is now a popular event location with an integrated valley museum

The main village of the municipality of Sarentino, Sarentino village, is rich in tradition and culture. The impressive traditional costumes are not only pretty to watch, but also an important part of the events in the valley and a valuable possession, thanks to the elaborate quill embroidery which decorates the belts and bags. Peacock tail feathers are used for this. The initials or the affiliation to a club are embroidered in hours of handwork. Thanks to the finding of a historical document in 2023 in the parish archives of Sarentino village, it is now also officially documented that the "Sarner Kirchtag" (fair) has been held on the first Sunday in September already for 570 years. The document dates back to December 10, 1452, before that, the fair took place in June.

Today, Sarentino village is the administrative centre: Around the Rio dei Ronchi and the Talvera River are the Assumption of Mary Parish Church with its imposing high altar, the schools of the valley, small shops, bars and restaurants. Reinegg Castle, dating back to 1263 AD, towers above the village: It is called Sarentino Castle here. On the edge of the village, towards the Sarentino Road, there is a sports zone with a football ground and an open-air swimming pool. Horse trekking, cycling excursions and the farmers' market complete the village life and active offer.

If you look around, the slopes and meadows rise everywhere towards the Sarentino Alps. This immense open-air area is ideal for hikes of all levels of difficulty. The "Stone Men", the legendary cairns that are easily accessible from the Sarentino Mountain Hut above Sarentino village (Sarnthein), are very popular. The hike starts in the hamlet of Prati. Did shepherds pile them up? Are witches responsible for them? Since time immemorial, they have defied all weathers and all seasons. When snow falls, the Reinswald Ski Resort opens its gates a few kilometres away, while in Sarentino village itself the wooden huts are erected for the rustic Sarntal Valley Alpine Advent.

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