The municipality of Rabbi includes the entire Val di Rabbi valley, through which the roaring Rabbiés stream flows (the name of the valley comes from the name of the stream). The valley has about 50 different villages that are scattered throughout the valley on both sides. The largest towns include Pracorno, San Bernardo, Rabbi Fonti and Piazzola. The main economic activities of the valley include livestock breeding and tourism linked to the local thermal spa centre and the National Park within the valley. Quality meat and dairy products are produced here and the beneficial qualities of the valley’s ferruginous springs are well known all over Europe since the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The majority of the valley is located within the Stelvio National Park, which only further enhances the natural beauty of this area. The Park is one of the most important protected nature areas in Europe, established in 1935; it is located between Trentino-Alto Adige and the Lombardy region. There is also a cross-country skiing track in Val di Rabbi.
Val di Rabbi began to be inhabited between the 11th and 12th century, before then, Val di Rabbi was used only on a seasonal basis by the population of the lower part of Val di Sole that used this valley for its numerous natural resources: the wood from its forests and the extensive mountain pastures for livestock during the summer months. This continued until the middle of the 15th century when there was a demographic boom in the valley and the community drastically increased. During the mid-1600s, there was an economic increase in the valley mainly due to the discovery of its mineral springs that today are still a popular attraction for all those who come to the thermal spring centre for beneficial treatments.
There are three churches in Val di Rabbi that are important from an artistic point of view; the churches located in the hamlets of Pracorno, San Bernardo and Piazzola. In particular, in the church of San Bernardo, which was rebuilt between 1957 and 1959, there is a large fresco by Carlo Bonacina (1906-2001) portraying Saint Bernard; equally interesting are the Stations of the Cross signed and dated (1755) by Matthias Lamp and an 18th century wooden “ancona” altarpiece with a 17th century altarpiece attributed to Elia Naurizio (1589-1657), who also painted the canvas with the Madonna of the Rosary. A small open niche in the northern wall hosts the stone christening font dated 1513.
A visit to Val di Rabbi is not complete without discovering the extraordinary properties of its ferruginous waters that are used for therapeutic purposes in a modern spa located in Rabbi Fonti, where the first mineral spring was discovered in 1666. Visitors also come to Rabbi to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Stelvio National Park, a protected nature area, that includes the breathtaking waterfalls in Val di Saènt, a path called “Scalinata dei Larici Monumentali” that takes visitors up to some of the largest and oldest larches in Trentino and the “Centro Visita Stablet” which is a small museum dedicated to the Alpine marmot.
Val di Rabbi – Turismo di Comunità (Community Tourism) is a new type of tourism and a new way of welcoming tourists to Val di Sole. This project was created to include the entire community in the development of a form of sustainable tourism. This means that this will create a type of hospitality which on the one hand enables tourists to discover and understand the community’s past, its traditions and local culture while on the other hand it will also enable the local population to understand just how this type of experience is an integral part of the territory in terms of a sustainable economy.
Therefore, the goal is to provide guests a form of tourism that supports the local area’s propensity towards agricultural, farming and forestry activities, local craftsmanship, culture and traditions, but that is also able to enhance the territory’s unique features and characteristics while respecting and involving the entire community in this common goal.
The various events and activities will give participants the chance to take part in unique experiences surrounded by nature in order to learn more about our land, traditions, history, and of course the people, regardless of the fact that the majority of the activities are held in Italian.