Into the valley, in the northeast of the main village of Ortisei, there is the little village of San Giacomo, located at sun-drenched slopes.
The small but mighty settlement is located at the southern slope of the Monte Pic mountain, slightly above Ortisei at 1,420 m asl. A real sight is the San Giacomo church, according to legends this church is considered to be the most ancient churches of the valley. First mentioned in a letter of indulgence of the year 1283, it is located along the ancient “Troi Paian” high path, a trail that originally stretched from Venice via the Dolomite passes. For this reason it is not far to seek that this church has been dedicated to pilgrims and hikers.
Decorated with precious late-Gothic frescoes, it boasts an altar that was made by the family of artists Vinazer. The original Baroque statues of the main altar, established between 1650 and 1800, can today be admired in the Museum Gardena. Also exhibited is the early-Baroque Lenten veil (1620/30) of the San Giacomo church, which is the only testimonial of its kind in South Tyrol.
However, San Giacomo does not only offer culture, but also nature and great scenic landscapes. The large number of mountain peaks invite you to go mountaineering and spend some time under the open sky.