The beauty of this valley in the Dolomites will quickly make you forget the crowds of tourists. It is one of the rare places where the inhabitants still speak the rhaeto-roman language which developed during the Roman occupation. Its villages are specialised in wood crafts as you will see in Selva, Santa Cristina and Ortisei. There is no lack of excursions either, particularly up to Alpe di Sius. This60km² high-altitude plateau enjoys a delightful setting between Sasso Lungo and Sciliar and makes a good base camp for walks in the region.