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
OSSANA, THE HAMLET WITH 1000 NATIVITY SCENES
FROM NOVEMBER 29TH 2019 TO JANUARY 6TH 2020
The small town of Ossana is waiting for you from November 29th 2019 to January 6th 2020 to take you through the hidden corners of this town as you discover almost 1000 NATIVITY SCENES. And that's not all... visit the CHRISTMAS MARKET where you can purchase local products and handicrafts that will be on display in wooden stalls in the town centre. You can also enjoy a cup of piping hot mulled wine and delicious Christmas sweets.
The SAN MICHELE CASTLE in Ossana is a fantastic addition to this event. The castle was officially open to the public on July 2014 and it is now also possible to visit this medieval castle during the winter months. Follow the magical setting that will take you right within the castle walls and discover the special nativity scene: it tells the touching story of the events that actually took place on Christmas during World War I. You can't miss a visit to the special nativity scene that was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the tragic airplane crash that occurred on December 22nd 1956 on Mount Giner at a height of 2.600 meters in the Ossana area. You can find this special nativity scene at the «Mas dei Voltolini».
STEP INTO A MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE!
All of the town's hidden corners and courtyards will be surrounded by festive lights and sounds that will guide visitors through the countless nativity scenes in a peaceful and joyous atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you in Ossana, a special way to start the Christmas season! You'll find...
RECORD EDITION: 1000!
AMONG ART & HISTORY
LOCAL HANDMADE PRODUCTS
A MAGICAL PLACE
FOLLOW THE RED CORD!
This year the town of Ossana will celebrate the 20th edition of this event and its 100 nativity scenes, which has now become a can't miss event for locals, tourists and visitors in Val di Sole and in the surrounding areas. All of the 1000 nativity scenes in the town can be found by following the RED CORD with festive decorations and ANCIENT OIL LAMPS that illuminate the entire itinerary. All of the nativity scenes have been handmade by volunteer associations, groups, schools, families, artists and local citizens of Ossana and the entire valley. This is a unique opportunity to admire all of these creatively designed nativity scenes that have been made using unusual and sometimes unimaginable materials (for example fabric, wood, seeds or corn leafs). Each nativity scene is unique and they show just how each and every person has their own unique way of expressing what Christmas means to them, in the hopes that all visitors will appreciate and enjoy this special event.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
VAL DI SOLE TOURISM BOARD
Via Marconi 7 - I - 38027 Malè (TN)
Tel. (+39) 0463 901280
THE ITINERARY BETWEEN 1000 NATIVITY SCENES
FROM NOVEMBER 29TH 2019 TO JANUARY 6TH 2020
The nativity scene itinerary starts off from a magical COMET right in the town centre of Ossana, and it winds its way through the narrow streets and hidden corners of this hamlet all the way up to the walls of the SAN MICHELE CASTLE: almost 1000 characteristic nativity scenes, all handmade by local citizens, artists, schools and volunteer associations from Ossana and from all of Val di Sole. You can admire these incredibly creative nativity scenes that are made using unusual materials like fabric, wood, seeds or corn leaves. And just for this special event, the itinerary in this quaint mountain hamlet is illuminated using ancient oil lamps. You can visit the nativity scenes from November 29th 2019 to January 6th 2020, FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM.
NOT TO MISS
MECHANICAL NATIVITY SCENE
located next to the San Vigilio Church
The nativity depicts scenes from daily life dating back several decades
WORLD WAR I NATIVITY SCENE
located within the walls of the San Michele Castle
This nativity scene was created for the WWI Centenary, taking visitors back to this war in the trenches and the chance to relive this true story that occurred on Christmas night during WWI
MONTE GINER NATIVITY SCENE
located in the «Mas dei Voltolini»
This nativity scene was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the tragic airplane crash that occurred on December 22nd 1956 on Mount Giner at a height of 2.600 meters in the Ossana area
THE SAN MICHELE CASTLE
AN ENCHANTING SITE
The ancient walls of the castle are like a treasure chest just waiting to be opened and filled with the magical atmosphere of this event. Castel San Michele is definitely one of the main features of this special itinerary, where visitors will find an extraordinary nativity scene that is a symbol of all of the hardships that soldiers had to face during WWI. Don't miss this nativity scene! The San Michele Castle - which reopened to the public in July 2014 - most likely dates back to the Lombard period (VI-VIII centuries), but the first written documents with information concerning the castle date back to the year 1191. The castle is in a fantastic position: it's located on a spur of rock that is inaccessible on three sides. An easy two minute walk takes you up to the quadrangular fortified tower from where you can enjoy a great view of the upper part of Val di Sole.
ADMISSION TO THE SAN MICHELE CASTLE € 1
From November 29th 2019 to January 6th 2020 every day from 10 am to 10 pm
€ 1 adults - free for children under age 12 - free for Trentino Guest Card cardholders
FREE GUIDED TOURS
November 30th, December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th 2019 at 3 pm and at 5 pm
From December 21st 2019 to January 6th 2020 at 3 pm and at 5 pm
Tours approx. 30 minutes
THE SAN VIGILIO CHURCH
The San Vigilio Church and the San Michele Castle in Ossana are the most important historical and artistic points of interest in Ossana. The high altar and the pulpit in the San Vigilio Church, (named after Saint Vigilius, the bishop that during the IV e V centuries brought Christianity to Trentino) were created by the woodcarvers Ramus (the Baroque ancons were also carved and gilded in their workshops), are of particular importance.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS & FOOD STALL
GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN OSSANA
Browse through the stalls at the Christmas market nestled within the castle walls and take advantage of this special opportunity to purchase local handmade products. This event not only gives you the chance to discover the magical atmosphere of these special handmade nativity scenes, but you can also try TYPICAL LOCAL DESSERTS like krapfen and frittelle di mele (special doughnuts and apple fritters) plus delicious spiced MULLED WINE.
in the town and in the San Michele Castle
FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM
November 30th & December 1st | December 7th, 8th | December 14th, 15th 2019
from December 21st 2019 to January 6th 2020
A MAGICAL PLACE FILLED WITH SURPRISES
Santa’s House, located in the «Cort dei Mantoani», is an enchanting place where children will feel like they're in a magical Christmas dream. Here, you'll find a room full of gifts, a workshop where Santa's elves are busy at work and where kids can also take part in lots of activities... all you need is a bit of creativity and good will! You can also visit Santa Claus' room and meet lots of fantastic characters. Santa's wooden sleigh, the exact same sleigh that he uses to bring gifts to all the children in the world, will be waiting for you outside of his house...
RIDE ON SANTA'S SLEIGH
Hop onto Santa's sleigh, and thanks to a special viewer, you'll be able to have a virtual reality view of Santa Claus' world. A special video will give you the extraordinary chance to see just what Santa Claus does on Christmas Eve to make sure that all of the children in Ossana receive their Christmas gifts. You definitely can’t miss out on this special Christmas view!
3D SANTA SLED
4 MAGICAL WEEKENDS FULL OF EVENTS
Experience the magic of Advent in Val di Sole at its best.
Book your vacation and take part in the numerous events for a magical Christmas experience!
A SPECIAL WEEKEND WITH EXCLUSIVE EVENTS
NATIVITY SCENES, MUSIC AND A CHRISTMAS MARKET
Check out some of the holiday fun that's waiting for you: handcrafted nativity scenes located throughout the hamlet of Ossana and within the castle walls of the San Michele Castle, a concert with a wide range of music genres including folk songs and classical music, the charming Christmas market, a voucher for a sampling of local Christmas sweets plus a steaming hot cup of mulled wine and don’t forget to visit Santa Claus' cosy hideaway...