Holidays in Ortisei

Ortisei is a lively mountain town with a big heart and access to the great outdoors on its doorstep

Ortisei – or Urtijëi, as it’s better known in the local language of Ladin – is a Tyrolean town in the heart of the Val Gardena. This is a community that’s forged Olympic bobsledders, skiers and figure skaters – outdoorsy folk who don’t stop just because the snow has melted off the mountains. Instead, they spend their summers on the walking and cycling paths. In town, you’ll be welcomed by a close-knit community, famous for its woodcarving tradition – and who take any excuse for a get-together in one of the many cafés and bars.

Mountain walks: up and away on the Seceda gondola

This highly useful gondola carries passengers from Ortisei all the way to the summit of Seceda Mountain. There’s no need to do anything but marvel at the views over the shard-like Odle peaks. But, if you do fancy stretching your legs, miles of walking paths wind through alpine wildflowers and past mountain huts with sun-trap decks. There are also routes down to some of the best mountain biking tracks in the Val Gardena.

Call me Urtijëi

There’s plenty to keep you busy in Ortisei town. The pedestrianised centre is a sweep of arcaded shops, restaurants, churches and cafés, all bundled up in a colourful alpine palette. Friday evenings are when the streets really come alive, with diners digging into everything from pizzas and gröstl dumplings to Michelin-starred menus late into the night, while bands get toes tapping in the summer. Most of the residents speak Ladin as their first language, so it’s a great idea to learn a few words… and to call Ortisei by its Ladin name of Urtijëi.

Never too early for a Nativity set

If you think summer is a strange time to stock up on Nativity sets, then think again. Master woodcarvers have been chipping away in Ortisei since the 15th century, passing on skills through the generations. It’s a revered and sacred art in this neck of the woods (pine woods, to be exact), filling churches with decadent altar pieces and shop shelves with souvenir Nativity sets. Go to Gherdëina museum for a whistle-stop tour through the history of woodcarving.

Buses to Bolzano and beyond

Buses connect the villages of the Alto Adige. Drop by the neighbouring town of Selva, the high-rise rose gardens of Rosarium Uhrerhof, and Puez-Geisler Nature Park, with its lovely hiking loops and mountain huts. Buses also head to Bolzano, the provincial capital of South Tyrol. It’s a university city with a cathedral, galleries, squares and parks, all topped off with a lively mountain spirit.

Why book a summer holiday in Ortisei with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Ortisei's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Ortisei include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

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Things To Do

Things to see and do in Ortisei

Ortisei is in the Val Gardena valley and stretches to neighbouring resorts of St Cristina and Selva. Be prepared to take lots of photos of the stunning area. The pedestrianised streets offer lots of shops and cafes. The Rosarium Uhrerhof, Europe's highest rose garden, is close by and has over 6,000 rose bushes with great views overlooking the resort. Families will love the adventure park and minigolf or taking the lifts to explore the Dolomite mountains on foot or an e-bike.

Food & drink 

There's too many tasty treats to mention but our favourite is grostl, dumplings stuffed with meat and potatoes. The area’s known for serving up traditional Ladin meals and if you want to splash out, we can recommend Michelin starred restaurant Anna Stuben. Just be sure to book well in advance. 

When out and about, visit some of the mountain huts. They’re the perfect place for an Aperol Spritz while watching the sun set.


There's loads of walking trails in Ortisei. Our favourite area to explore is the nature park of Puez-Geisler. There's loads of great loops with mountain huts along the way for refreshments. Head towards the peak of Seceda for the best scenery and photo ops.

Check out the Dolomite mountains when you visit. If like us you want to save the legs and take the easy route up, just hop on the lifts or better yet, rent an e-bike and make a day of it. 

If you want to get your adrenalin pumping, take to the sky on a tandem paragliding session for an incredible bird’s eye view of the area.

Good to know

  • Get the Val Gardena MobilCard from your hotel to use buses in the area for free!
  • Visit the Gardena Museum to find out about the art of woodcarving that this region is famous for
  • Ortisei has a very close community that enjoys celebrating its culture. They have various festivals for tourists and locals alike to enjoy throughout the summer months
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