26 June 2022.

Selva Val Gardena, Italy

The resort of Selva or Wolkenstein as it‘s also known is a place with a bit of an identity crisis. Although located in the Sud Tirol region of the Italian Dolomites the area was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was annexed by Italy following the First World War. Hence the primary local language spoken here is in fact a dialect of German. However, Italian is also widely spoken as is another more ancient language known as Ladin.

The attractive village is well spaced out and is surrounded by forested slopes from which the towering limestone rocks of the Dolomites rise vertically to over 3000 metres. It is hard to imagine that these dramatic mountains, seemingly impregnable with their 1000 metre cliffs were once part of a reef lying at the bottom of an ancient ocean. Today they stand high above the earth glowing distinctly pink in sunlight.

Selva is particularly popular with young families and has a good track record of catering for children from kindergarten age (4 months old) through to the late teens. Adults are equally well catered for with an utterly superb range of activities on offer. Also there is the option of simply relaxing in the tranquil mountain setting - with a good book perhaps.

The resort offers an excellent range of tourist accommodation and some truly wonderful dining experiences. The locals in these parts take their food very seriously and as such tend to produce a masterpiece every meal time.

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