Badia - Abtei, Province of Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige

Badia - Abtei belongs with Corvara in Badia (Kurfar), San Martino in Badia (St Martin in Thurn) and La Valle (Wengen) to the main Ladin communities in the Badia Valley, and included in the administrative entity ("comprensorio") of the Val Pusteria (Pustertal), in the south-east of the Province, bordering the two communes of the Belluno Province Cortina d'Ampezzo and Livinallongo del Col di Lana.


  • Altitude: 1315 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 3400 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 39036
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0471
  • Patron Saint: St. Giacomo, celebrated on 25 July
  • Frazioni & Localities: La Villa (Stern, La Ila), Pedraces (Pedratsches, Pedraces), San Cassiano (Sankt Kassian, San Ciascian), San Leonardo (Sankt Leonhard, San Linêrt).

The Territory

It is a "comune sparso", that is, a comune that includes villages of various names, none of which has the name of the municipality; the townhall is situated in the "frazione" of Pedraces. The area can be reached by the valley of San Lorenzo and several mountain passes as the Valparola and the Gardena Pass, which can be only used in the snow-free period.

Its territory is in the Puez-Geisler and Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Parks, and surrounded by the summits of Lagazuoi (2778 m), Conturines (3064 m), Lavarela (3055 m), Heiligkreuzkofel (2907 m) and Gardenaccia (2500 m).


The history of the area and its mountain villages is closely linked with the medieval colonization by the Benedictine convent of Sonnenburg in the nearby Val Pusteria, from which abbey ("Badia" in Italian) the name is derived. Badia belonged up to the end of World War I to the Austrian jurisdiction of Enneberg and was part of the district of Brunico.

The Economy

As in the other Ladin municipalities of South Tyrol, tourism is the main industry. Agriculture is still practisec by 10% of the population, but for the most part as a sideline.

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