Sottoguda, or Staguda in local Ladin, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is a hamlet of Rocca Pietore in the province of Belluno. Situated at an altitude of 1250 metres on the slopes of the Marmolada, this alpine village is characterised by its tabièi, ancient wooden barns once used to shelter livestock and agricultural tools. Along the narrow streets you can admire handcrafted works in wood and wrought iron, but also worth a visit is the small 15th-century church dedicated to Saints Fabiano, Sebastiano and Rocco. A pleasant destination for summer holidays, Sottoguda will surprise you with proposals ranging from hiking trails to malghe (shepherd’s huts) where you can taste typical products, to the famous beech forest, among the highest in Europe.
A short walk from the town centre takes you to the Gola dei Serrai, a canyon carved by the Pettorina torrent with vertical walls more than 100 metres high and about two kilometres long, and finally Malga Ciapela. Along the way, you will encounter numerous waterfalls, the small church of S. Antonio and the suggestive statue of the Madonna dei Serrai set in a natural cave. Sportsmen love this canyon because in winter the waterfalls become an ice-climbing gym, one of the most popular internationally.
The Serrai di Sottoguda became one of the symbolic places after the Vaia storm at the end of October 2018, and underwent major reconstruction work. Before planning a visit, find out about openings by contacting the Sottoguda Tourist Office or visiting the official website.