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With its 630 inhabitants, San Pietro is big enough to be the capital of the Val di Funes. This is an authentic mountain village, located at an altitude of 1130 m. The parish church is dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul. Due to its imposing bell tower we also call it the "valley cathedral ".
The Dolomites are well-known across the world and one of UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage sites – a title they bear with pride and dignity. Even the people who lived here all their lives consider this place unique and wonderful. With a holiday at the Villa Messner you’ll see this magic place in your very own way.
The Rasciesa or Raschötz Alp, as we call it, is a hill with a large mountain pasture at an altitude of 2300 m, located between the Val Gardena and Funes; the area offers many amenities, is well-connected and has a good network of hiking trails, huts and a small chapel.
At the bottom of the valley, at an altitude of over 1300 m, lies the village of Santa Maddalena. In the village-centre, the homonymous church which is one of our traditional symbols. The little church in the foreground and the Cime delle Odle as backdrop... Stunning. For many people this is the real Val di Funes.
Born in Hamburg in 1888, Hans Luthmann was merchant and artist; he lived both in China and Japan and travelled all over the world. At the end of the twenties, he and his wife came on holiday to the Val di Funes. Luthman stayed for a long time and produced a great number of paintings. You can see a sample of his work in the Villa Messner.
If you come to Val di Funes, you must love the mountains! The life in the Dolomites has a strong Alpine character: here you’ll find mountain flowers, chamois and crosses scattered all over the peaks. There are hardly any flat paths and the winter can be long and harsh. Welcome to the mountain life.
The ascent to the Kofelwiese is steep and challenging... and there’s not even a hut at the top. But the effort is well worthwhile: the Kofelwiese lies at the foothills of the Odle d'Eores/Aferer Geisler, a mountain range in the Dolomites at an altitude of just under 2000 m. The Kofelwiese might not be as popular as other places but offers breath-taking views!
This east-facing apartment is right next to our wonderful garden and overlooks the Cime delle Odle: to be more precise, the SASS RIGAIS, an impressive 3,025 m giant. While SASS means "stone", the origins of RIGAIS are uncertain. What we know for sure is that the Sass Rigais is a sought-after destination for experienced mountaineers.
With its height of just under 3000 m, the Gran Fermeda belongs to the Odle Group, which means "needles" in the local Ladin language. This means many things: the mountain’s sharp, steep, spectacular, and only the most experienced mountaineers are capable of climbing it.
Max Valier was an astronomer and writer; he is considered one of the pioneers of modern aerospace science. He maintained a lifelong relation with his schoolmate, Dr. Johann Psaier, who built the Villa Messner. He was frequently visiting the Val di Funes and our villa.
Interesting fact: the Wolfsgrube (wolf pit) was a hole traditionally used to catch wolves – a long time ago! Today, in the same place, there is a hiking trail which takes you from St. Peter, via the votive pillar of the Vikoler Jöchl right to the Wolfsgrube, which lies at an altitude of 1,535.
Our herb garden is truly fascinating: how many herbs can you find in Funes at an altitude of 1100 m? Monika Messner, our landlady and herbal expert, will be delighted to talk about the beneficial effects of herbs and share some of the most ancient recipes with you.