Agordino: the climbing wall you were looking for
Are you looking for a holiday far away from the crowd, but also active and dynamic? Choose the Agordino: ideal mountains for climbers, unusual cultural offers and a mouthwatering cuisine! The valley of Agordo, marked by the Cordevole river and surrounded by extraordinary mountain chains, is the ideal place for a quiet holiday in the mountains, with many opportunities to discover an uncontaminated nature and the real alpine culture: the answer you were looking for for your desire of sport and genuine tastes!
Nature and climbing
The Agordino includes six villages: Agordo, the administrative centre, rich of history and culture, Taibon, Voltago, Rivamonte, Gosaldo and La Valle, many small towns preserving the typical atmosphere of mountain villages.
The area is overlooked by imposing peaks, which will satisfy trekking and climbing lovers: the Pale di San Lucano, the S. Sebastiano Chain, the Framònt, the Moiazza and the Agnèr Mountain, whose North face has attracted famous Italian and foreign climbers since the beginning of the 20th century.
Due to its long mountaineering tradition, the Agordino is an ideal spot for climbers. Besides the most ambitious challenges offered by the surrounding mountains, there are many practice walls where you can learn how to climb, train or improve yourself. Many of them are also very suitable for bouldering: in Pian de Caleda and in Casen in the municipality of La Valle, in Val Corpassa, Forte and Mezzocanale in the municipality of Taibon, close to the hut "Casera Framont" and in Farenzena in the municipality of Agordo as well as in the park Laghetti in Voltago.
In Agordo you will also find an indoor practice wall ("il muro") so that you can perform this sport even if it rains.
If you prefer easier walks, even though not less interesting for their landscape, we advise you a walk in Valle di San Lucano, characterized by luxuriant woods, by the wonderful Peschiere Lake and by the near and impending mountains.
The National park of Dolomiti Bellunesi includes the municipalities of Gosaldo, Rivamonte and La Valle, and offers further ideas to spend your free time in nature. For instance you could walk along the miner's paths, from Gosaldo and Rivamonte to the Mines in Valle Imperina, which were recently restored,where silver and copper were extracted since the XVth century.
In the coldest months winter sport lovers will have the opportunity of performing downhill run and snowboard in Forcella Aurine, near Gosaldo, or reach comfortably the area of Falcade and Civetta.
Even if you like ski touring, ski climbing and trekking with snowshoes you will be spoilt for choice, with easy or difficult paths.
Culture and gastronomy
A holiday in Agordino also offers many cultural opportunities: besides the Mines in Valle Imperina, where interesting expositions are often organized, we suggest you to visit the Mineralogical and Paleontological Museumand the Spectacles Museum in Agordo, the Chair Maker Museum in Gosaldo and the new Ethnographical Museum in Taibon.
The churches are also worth a visit, in particular the archdeaconal Church in Agordo, as well as Villa Crotta-De'Manzoni, a tipical villa veneta built in the XVIIth century.
The gastronomic culture in Agordino too deserves to be discovered: huts and farms offer unique dishes, prepared with simple and genuine ingredients: polenta and pastìn (maize porridge with spiced mincemeat), schìz (fresh cheese fried with cream), game and local cheese, soups and risotto with "sgrisoi" and "bruscandoi" (wild herbs), homemade cakes such as crostoli and "bagai" and aromatized grappas.
Don't forget mountain cheese, a masterpiece of the local dairy tradition. The Valley Dairy in Agordo is an important stage of the Cheese Route of the Belluno Dolomites, and is undoubtedly worth a visit!