Capital of the Valle dei Mòcheni (Bersntòl in the Mòchena language), Sant’Orsola Terme is located at 925 m asl. A fundamental element for the economy of the valley are the small fruits distributed by the consortium which takes its name from the town itself.
Sant’Orsola is a pretty rural town located on the southern slope of Monte Costalta, famous throughout Italy for the cultivation of small fruits (currants, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries …).
The Mòcheni are a population of Germanic origin, who moved to this territory (previously devoid of population) in the Middle Ages for the exploitation of mines which later proved to be fruitless. The mines can still be visited, as is the Pietra Viva museum, a point of interest on the minerals of the valley that we absolutely recommend not to miss.
The characteristic of this town are the various hamlets and the various farms that take their name from the families who live there. You can spend a real rural holiday, passing from ancient Venetian sawmills (DE SOG VAN RINDEL) to a visit to the typical ovens to be able to taste the Treccia Mòchena, the delicious typical dessert of the valley.
In Acqua Fredda at the Redebùs Pass there is an opportunity not to be missed: not many years ago the smelting furnaces dating back to the Bronze Age have come to light. The smelting process involved the extraction of copper from the metalliferous material that contained it. The site, to date, is the largest in the entire Alpine arc, as evidenced by the enormous number of waste found. The nine melting furnaces are embedded in the mountainside and separated with dry stone walls, they managed to reach 1200 ° thanks to artificial ventilation, allowing a perfect fusion and therefore the start of metalworking.
A valley rich in culture, which will allow you to have a 360 ° overview of local activities and the history of the place thanks to the museum of agricultural tools in Canezza, or to the mill (Mil).
Furthermore, nature should not be neglected, as countless walks, which can take you to the historic trenches of the First World War at over 2000 meters or simple walks to reach the huts equipped to offer you an afternoon snack.