Take one of the valley's cabin lifts, and in no time at all you can enjoy incredible views from a height of 3.000 m, where the horizon extends from the bottom of the valley to the highest snow-covered peaks.
Useful info to plan your holiday in Val di Sole. Here you'll find a handy map with directions to reach the Val di Sole by car, train, plane, taxi, bus or shuttle services
The Marinelli smithy is a rare example of a hydraulic forge in the Alps that is still functioning. The existence of the forge is witnessed by a few written documents dating back to 1880, when it was bought by the Marinelli family, but it was built al least two centuries earlier. The forge, along with other forges and mills, was part of the Pondasio pre-industrial estate, that harnessed the Rabbies water, ingeniously applying the stream’s hydraulic power to the forge, as a replacement of human or animal force. The sound effects and the lights in the forge recall Vulcan’s smithy, as vividly depicted by Virgilio: air whistling, flames roaring in the forge, red-hot iron squeaking as it is tempered in the water, the noise of the metal beaten on the anvil, that all together are a kind of deep, majestic symphony. The Marinelli forge hosts a millennium-old heritage of technical know-how and human experience and can be regarded as one of the depositories of the secrets of Cyclops and of the illustrious Rhaetian blacksmiths.
The location and access to the smithy is through a narrow stone stairway and the inside of the smithy does not make it possible for disabled persons to access the site.
from June 29th to July 28th
Tuesday to Sunday 15.00-18.00
from July 30th to Septemebr 8th
Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-12.00/14.30-18.00
Activity with fee that must be booked in advance: from July 04 to July 26 every Thursday at 15.00 and from August 1st to September 5th every Thursday at 10.00 and at 15.00 a guided tour ofthe Pondasio hamlet and the Fucina Marinelli (smithy)
We recommend that guests contact the organizers of each event before booking in order to verify in which languages the guided tours or activities will take place.