Nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, Sappada is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The picturesque mountain village is filled with traditional log houses, many decorated with colourful flower boxes. Discover centuries of history at local museums or use Sappada as a base for alpine adventures.
Things to do in Sappada
Giuseppe Fontana Ethnographic Museum charts the rich culture and traditions of Sappada. The museum occupies one of the oldest buildings in the village and features exhibits on the town’s agricultural roots and German heritage. Piccolo Museo della Grande Guerra is dedicated to World War I and showcases historic photographs, weapons and military uniforms.
From Sappada, you can discover some of the most scenic hikes in Italy. From leisurely walks through the valley to exhilarating mountain climbs, there’s something for everyone. Some trails take you to wildflower-strewn meadows and wind up to glassy alpine lakes. Winter snowfall transforms Sappada into an alpine wonderland. Bundle up for a day of Nordic skiing, get the adrenaline pumping on an ice climbing expedition or simply sip hot chocolate in a cosy café.
From cosy taverns serving authentic local cuisine to a Michelin-starred restaurant, Sappada will tantalise your palate. The town has a strong German influence so expect to see plenty of sausages and sauerkraut. You’ll also find some excellent local cheeses, smoked hams and hearty dishes like barley soup and “casunziei” stuffed pasta. Pair your meal with a glass of white wine from the local Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
Getting around Sappada
Sappada is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is located in the Province of Udine, a 2.5-hour drive from Venice. Calalzo di Cadore Train Station is a one-hour drive away and offers connections to Venice, Milan and other Italian cities. Venice Marco Polo Airport is a two-hour drive away.