Badia, South Tyrol

Abtei redirects here, but is also a German term meaning Abbey. In historical contexts it may also be a shortened form of Reichsabtei: Imperial Abbey
Comun de Badia
Comune di Badia
Gemeinde Abtei

Badia (Abtei)

Coat of arms

Location of Badia in Italy

Coordinates: 46°35′N 11°54′E / 46.583°N 11.900°E / 46.583; 11.900Coordinates: 46°35′N 11°54′E / 46.583°N 11.900°E / 46.583; 11.900
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province / Metropolitan city South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni La Ila (La Villa, Stern), San Ciascian (San Cassiano, Sankt Kassian)
  Mayor Giacomo Frenademetz
  Total 82 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation 1,315 m (4,314 ft)
Population (Nov. 2010)
  Total 3,356
  Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Badioć, Badiotti, Abteier
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39036
Dialing code 0471
Patron saint Saint Leonard
Website Official website

Badia (Italian pronunciation: [baˈdiːa]; German: Abtei [abˈtaɪ̯]) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol, northern Italy. It is one of the five Ladin-speaking communities of the Val Badia.


Neighboring municipalities

The following communities neighbor Badia: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Corvara, Mareo, Livinallongo del Col di Lana, San Martin de Tor, La Val and Sëlva.


The municipality of Badia contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) La Ila (La Villa, Stern), San Ciascian (San Cassiano, St. Kassian) and the town of Badia itself.

An old path above San Linêrt in Badia.


Coat of arms

The emblem is that of the Winkler Colz von zu Rubatsch family which, in the 16th and 17th century, had property and the castle at La Ila. The shield is party per fess, at the top is represented a sable steinbock, holding with the front hoofs a red broken branch on an or background. The lower part is divided into three, with vertex at the top, alternating gules and argent with a rose in the center; every rose has the central petal in or. The emblem was granted in 1967.[1]


Linguistic distribution

According to the 2011 census, 94.07% of the population speak Ladin, 4.17% Italian and 1.76% German as first language.[2]

Language 1991 2001[3] 2011[2]
Ladin 95.55% 93.43% 94.07%
Italian 2.07% 3.88% 4.17%
German 2.38% 2.69% 1.76%

Main sights

Natural areas

L'Ciaval (Kreuzkofel)

Badia is part of the Puez-Geisler and the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park. It is also near the mountains of Lagazuoi (2,778 m), Conturines (3,064 m), La Varela (3,055 m), L'Ciaval (Kreuzkofel) (2,907 m) and Gardenaccia (2,500 m).

A pilgrimage church, the Church of the Holy Cross, is located near the birthplace of Saint Josef Freinademetz.


Notable people


As in other Ladin-speaking communities in South Tyrol, tourism is the most important contributor to Badia's economy. Around 69% of the population work in the service sector, around 21% work in production, and around 10% work in agriculture, however most of these hold other jobs as well and farm on the side.

Part of the comune lies in Alta Badia, a ski resort at the top end of the Val Badia valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites mountains.


Badia is accessible through the Val Badia from St. Lorenzen in the Puster Valley, as well as through passes over the Dolomites such as the Valparola Pass and the Gardena Pass, which are only drivable during the snow-free months.


Maratona dles Dolomites

Maratona dles Dolomites start in La Ila

The start of the annual single-day seven mountain passes crossing Maratona dles Dolomites bicycle race is every year in La Ila.


  1. Heraldry of the World: Abtei
  2. 1 2 "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  3. Oscar Benvenuto (ed.): "South Tyrol in Figures 2008", Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, Bozen/Bolzano 2007, p. 16, table 10

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