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Stelvio village

The village of Stelvio is located on a steep slope above the valley floor. It provides a great view and a particularly interesting settlement history.

The village of Stelvio, main place of the municipality, is located at 1.300 m asl in the lower part of the valley between Prato allo Stelvio and Passo dello Stelvio, at the slopes of the Palon de la Mare and the Chavalatsch, located at the border to Switzerland.

Stelvio is a typical romantic Haufendorf, dating back to the period of mining in the 15th century. Unique in its kind and construction style, comparable to the villages in the mountains of Central Italy or in the French Alps. The buildings are allocated on the steep slopes and divided by narrow alleys. According to a proverb, in this place even chicken are considered to wear crampons. Stelvio was constructed round its springs in a star-shaped form. Eight springs emerged in the village of Stelvio. Once upon a time people used to fetch drinking water right here, also the cattle was watered and the clothes were washed right here. Today the water is mainly used for watering the gardens.

Absolutely worth to be visited is also the Stelvio parish church, dedicated to S. Ulrich and located at a healing spring. Close to the villages, there is the game reserve Fragges, where you can admire deer at close range.

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