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Alpe di Siusi

Compaccio (1,850 m a.s.l.), Saltria, Giogo and Piz as well as a series of mountain huts form the village of Alpe di Siusi

Covering an area of about 6,000 hectares, the Alpe di Siusi is Europe's largest high-altitude alpine pasture. As part of the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park, this area is characterised by large alpine pastures and a wide variety of flowers and larch forests. In the course of the decades several small settlements were established that are, however, mainly tourism-oriented. The village of Alpe di Siusi nowadays comprises the localities Saltria, Compaccio, Giogo and Piz Giogo as well as a series of mountain huts spread all over the highland.

Compaccio (Compatsch) at the west end of the high-altitude pasture is the largest settlement. This is where several stations of the Alpe di Siusi Cable Car, the Bullaccia funicular and other lifts are located. Also a modern church and several accommodation can be found in this locality, which is considered to be the entrance to the high-alpine protected area. Even if the recent activities in the building line were criticized both by inhabitants and guests, the implementation of the funiculars was needed in order to keep the area of the Alpe di Siusi a mostly vehicle-free zone.

In the east end of the highland, there is the village of Saltria. This little dispersed settlement is located along the headwaters of the Rio Jender, emptying into the Rio Gardena close to the village of Santa Cristina. It is also a popular starting point for hikes in the Dolomites, such as to Mt Sassolungo (3,181 m a.s.l.), Mt Sasso Piatto (2,969 m), Mt Sciliar (2,563 m) and the Molignon mountain hut. Some of the mountain huts and accommodations also lie in the hamlet of Piz, so to speak on the slopes of the homonymous mountain. At the very top, there is the mountain station of the Ortisei - Alpe di Siusi funicular.

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