Located in the heart of the Dolomites, the Val di Funes the new destination of Slow Food Travel, the Slow Food project it proposes touristic tours with the aim of bringing travelers closer to the conservation of food biodiversity and to the knowledge of local cultures, identities and gastronomies. It is a new travel model made up of meetings and exchanges with farmers, cheesemakers and shepherds, butchers and bakers, winemakers who, together with the chefs who cook their products, become storytellers and guides of their territories.
Val di Funes is the first Slow Food Travel destination in South Tyrol: an unspoiled place at the foot of the mountains Odle, considered among the most beautiful in the world, which with their prominent peaks surround the entire valley. Funes boasts the “Pearl of the Alps”, a quality mark for soft mobility for holidays in the Alps. But the Val di Funes stands out above all for the quality and authenticity of its gastronomic offer: from the small producers of mountain farms, with their cheeses, black bread and speck, to the vineyards of the Isarco Valley, where world-famous wines are born. A heritage enriched by the presence of taverns and restaurants capable of highlighting the uniqueness of the territory, such as Oskar Messner, of the Pitzock restaurant and referent of the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance project, very skilled in interpreting local products, starting with sheep’s meat Villnösser Brillenschaf, Slow Food Presidium.
To present the several stages and the numerous protagonists of the itinerary, the Slow Food Travel Daysa week of events from 21 to 29 May which includes markets, exhibitions, tastings, visits to farms and cellars. We start with the Spring culinary days involving several restaurants in the valley. The focus of the week will be the typical gastronomic products of the Val di Funes reinterpreted with new combinations. Always on the same days they can be visited two exhibitions: one dedicated to biodiversity in Visitor Center of the Puez Natural Park Odle and the other on wine and soils al Mineralogical Museum of Tiso. Guided tours, tastings and activities to discover stories, products, places and traditions also enrich the program.
But it does not end here because the itinerary in Val di Funes is accessible until autumn with two cycles of activity: le Dolomites Slow Food Farmer Tasting e le Slow Food Farmer Experience, with over 20 tastings and experiences that from May to October will allow tourists and travelers to discover the most authentic food and wine side of this valley nestled in the Dolomites.