A little bit of our history:
Mezzano is a chrming mountain village situated at an altitude of 640 meters above sea level. It lies at the foot of the “Pale di San Martino” one of the most famous mountain groups in the Dolomites, which are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding territory is part of two Natural Parks: the northern part belongs to the “Paneveggio Pale di San Martino” Natural Park and the southern part belongs to the “Dolomiti Bellunesi” Natural Park.
The name Mezzano most probably derives from the Latin “medianum” referring to its position at the middle of the valley. The first historic references to the town start in the year 1000, but various archaeological finds show its colonisation from the Mesolithic period. Mezzano grew up with lots of different dominations. From the year 1401 and for more than 4 centuries the valley was part of Tyrol and was under the control of the Welsperg Family.
During the fascist period little municipalities were grouped togetherand that’s why in the year 1927 Imer was joined to Mezzano, with the headquarter in Mezzano. At the end of the Second World War the local inhabitants asked to return to being two separate communities again. Since 2011 Mezzano has been part of the club “one of the most beautiful villages of Italy” which counts only 200 small villages in all Italy.
Don’t expect to see big monuments in Mezzano! It is a historic centre, which thanks to its preservation, has maintained its unspoilt identity. Ancient stone fountains situated dotted around the village, narrow roads built to accommodate old farm carts and sledges and old style houses decorated with flowers and woodpiles. Mezzano has absorbed the changing of modern life, but maintained its original characteristics, so new buildings keep its traditional spirit. In particular the new Civic Centre it is a modern way to recall old ways of construction and recently won a national award.
Following the path “rural signs” you can admire 20 painted murals over 100 inscriptions, 400 vegetable plots, 3 “stoli” which are particular tunnels made to capture spring water and provide it to all the fountains around the village.
In the historic centre there is a laundry house protected as architectural heritage and nearby it is possible to visit an old barn transformed in a little ethnographic Museum with various objects used in the past. Inside an ancient cowshed there is a show of more than 15 different handmade nativity cribs which bring people into an enchanting Christmas atmosphere.
MezzanoRomantica means the meeting off all kinds of artists and art, like musicians, writers, philosophers, painters and sculptures. This is the neo-romantic spirit of the village, which tries to express this romantic feeling with fascinating views into daily life and art in general. People who live in mountain villages need to provide wood to burn during winter. That is s why you can see stacks of wood all along the sides of the houses, at the top of the stairs and on the balconies. From this arose the idea to create some masterpieces of shape and forms, telling the story, the spirit and the tradition of this little charming village. “Cataste&Canzei” turned Mezzano into a Museum under the sky. This path counts 18 artistic woodpile installations and it is possible to visit all year round following a map and the red markings on the roads.
There are many paths around the village. It is possible to walk through the forests or over the fields. The San Giovanni meadows are very beautiful, with the little old church and the gentle path in the woods. The “Val Noana” Canyon is also worth a visit and maybe you can plan an adventure day canyoning with the “Aquile di San Martino”, our mountain guides. San Martino di Castrozza is a spectacular place to start an excursion on the way to the Pale di San Martino Plateau with its Rosetta peak, which is reached by cable car. Other amazing places to visit are lake Calaita, the Rolle Pass and the ring “Baita Segantini”-“Val Venegia”- “Paneveggio”, the famous “violin forest” and the lakes of Colbricon.
Also a visit to the nearby Val Canali cannot be missed, Fiera di Primiero, the commercial centre and the lovely parisch church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Miner’s Palace.
Don’t forget to try our typical dishes, maybe in a picturesque alpine hut. We reccomend “Tosela“, a fresh cheese made with unpasteurised, whole or partially skimmed cows’ milk, that is an originally product made in the Primiero Valley. Tosela is traditionally served sliced and fried as a side dish to Polenta, the typical Italian cornmeal porridge.