Ossana, Italy > The Best Italian Sky


  • At the mouth of Val di Peio
  • Place with the best Italian sky
  • Village of the 1000 Nativity Scenes

Ossana: the best Italian sky

Ossana: the origin

At the beginning of Val di Pejo, Ossana includes the localities of Cusiano and Fucine, and is located in the upper Val di Sole.

The village is characterised by numerous traditions and customs, what is testified by the many manifestations and events taking place in the village.

Here you can enjoy a unique view of the mountains and the sky above you, in a peaceful atmosphere where you can experience a direct contact with heaven and earth.

San Michele Castle

The San Michele Castle was built on an almost inaccessible spur of rock and it is very likely that the castle dates back to the time of the Longobards, due to its location, just on a trade road between the Region of Trento and the Upper Brescia area of Tonale Pass.

The first written mention of the Castle harks back to 1191. After the numerous noble owners, (from the Prince-Bishops of Trento to the Counts of Tyrol-Gorizia) in the 15th century, it passed to the de Federici family, before going to the Heydorfs and the Bertellis. Bertha von Suttner co-owned the castle between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

The 25 mt tall keep is the castle’s most characteristic architectural feature as it is the best preserved of the entire complex.

There’s a drawbridge, a guardroom, a fortified jutting part, too. Inside there are two sections: the old guardhouse and a beamed ceiling and a four-pitch roof.

Ossana: the Village with the thousand Nativity Scenes

Ossana is also known as “il borgo dei 1000 presepi” (the village with 1000 nativity scenes) and has reached a world record as their number exceeds that of its permanent residents (852)!

Hundreds of representations are set in the streets and the most impressive village houses, such as the San Michele Castle, the Casa degli Affreschi and the church of San Vigilio.

The number of nativity scenes has been increasing from year to year thanks to local citizens, artists, schools and volunteer associations from Ossana and from all of Val di Sole.

They are made using unusual materials like fabric, wood, seeds or corn leaves and the itinerary begins in the very heart of the town centre of Ossana, and goes on through the narrow streets and beautiful corners of this village, up to the walls of the San Michele Castle.

You can admire these incredibly creative nativity scenes that are.

Il paese dei 1000 presepi

Durante il periodo natalizio, Ossana diventa la sede di uno dei più prestigiosi e importanti presepi del Trentino. Una natività da record! Sono ben mille i caratteristici presepi realizzati a mano da artigiani, artisti, associazioni di volontariato e ragazzi delle scuole. Le natività vengono posizionate negli scorci più particolari del borgo, nelle stalle, negli angoli delle case e negli avvolti.

Sono decine e decine i presepi sistemati con cura qua e là, accomunati da un unico denominatore: suscitare emozioni e serenità nel cuore di tutti i visitatori. Ogni anno la collezione si arricchisce grazie all’impegno di volontari e collezionisti che permettono di mettere in mostra gioielli e installazioni davvero particolari e inaspettate.

Oltre al bellissimo percorso nel borgo per ammirare i presepi, a Ossana potrai ammirare anche il Mercatino di Natale, dove poter acquistare i migliori prodotti artigianali locali esposti in caratteristiche casette di legno. Da non perdere la casetta delle degustazioni, dove assaggiare il famoso vin brulè e squisiti dolcetti!

The botanical garden

Near the old town centre of Ossana there is Bosco Derniga, a botanical garden in the Adamello Presanella forests where people can get in touch with more than 26 species of alpine flowers and herbs through a beautiful walk in the woods.

Information panels and interactive games will discover you the secrets of these plants, in a fun and educational experience.

An easy trekking itinerary

The path leading to the village of Val Piana is a perfect starting point for relaxing walks to the surrounding mountains.

It is a popular and easy hike through the green Valpiana valley, an idyllic place with stunning views, ideal for a family excursion or pic-nic.

It goes up through a dense pine forest until it gets to Rif. Valpiana hut at 1,221 m a.s.l. There you can also visit the waterfall and the climbing wall “Sas Pisador”, and finally follow the same forest path back to the village

How to get to Ossana

If you come by car from the A22 Brenner Motorway, take the exit “San Michele all’Adige” and then go on  towards Val di Non and finally Val di Sole.

If you come from Lombardia a good choice is the Tonale Pass, just a few minutes from the village.

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