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coat of arms
Corvara coat of arms
Corvara in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Val Pusteria
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
1,320 / 1,376
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
03.46% German
0 6.84% Italian
89.70% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 33 '  N , 11 ° 52'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 33 '  N , 11 ° 52'  E
Altitude : 1,500– 3152  m slm (center: 1568  m slm )
Surface: 42.13 km²
Permanent settlement area: 3.3 km²
Parliamentary groups : Colfosco, Pescosta
Neighboring municipalities: Abbey , Canazei , Livinallongo del Col di Lana , St. Martin in Thurn , Selva di Val Gardena
Postal code : 39033
Area code : 0471
ISTAT number: 021026
Tax number: 81007850217
Mayor  (2015): Robert Rottonara (Uniun Calfosch-Pescosta-Corvara)

Corvara ([ kɔrvaˑra ]; Ladin Corvara , Italian Corvara uncommon Eindeutschung; Badia , before 1918 Corvara is about) 1500  m high altitude Italian community in South Tyrol and, with St. Martin in Thurn , Abbey , Wengen and Enneberg to the five Ladin communities in Val Badia . Corvara has 1376 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019).


Corvara in July 2007 with the Sassongher in the background

The municipality of Corvara is located in the southwestern branch of the upper, southern Gadertal (Ladin Val Badia ) in Ladinia . The settlement area is surrounded by the mountains of the Dolomites . The 42.13 km² municipal area includes parts of the Puez Group in the northwest , which are protected in the Puez-Geisler Nature Park , parts of the Sella Group in the southwest , into which the Mittagstal ( Val de Mesdì ) leads, and in the east with the Pralongià plateaus between Corvara and St. Kassian ( San Ćiascian ) first elevations of the Fanes group . The highest point of the municipality is the Piz Boè ( 3152  m slm ), where Corvara borders on the Trentino and Veneto ( province of Belluno ). Other important peaks are for example the Brunecker Turm ( 2495  m ), the Sassongher ( 2665  m ) and the Cir peaks ( Pizes de Cir ). The area is drained by the Gader .

The population of Corvara is divided into three villages that have almost grown together over the course of the 20th century:

  • Corvara (1520- 1570  m ), the capital of the municipality on the southern side of the valley
  • Pescosta (1520- 1580  m ) on the opposite northern side,
  • Kolfuschg (1610– 1690  m , Ladin Calfosch , Italian Colfosco ), the highest situated settlement northwest of the main town.

Corvara can be reached all year round from the north, where the community borders on Abtei ( Badia ), via the valley road that starts in the Pustertal in the area of Bruneck . There are also two pass roads to Corvara, the opening of which depends on the snow conditions: to the west, the Gardena Pass ( 2121  m , Ju de Frara ) connects the municipality with Selva ( Sëlva ) in Val Gardena ( Gherdëina ), to the south the Campolongo pass ( 1875  m , Ju de Ćiaulunch ) a crossing to Arabba ( Rèba ).


Corvara was first mentioned in a document in 1292 and belonged to the Enneberg court . Kolfuschg was first mentioned in 1153 and was under the court Selva in Val Gardena and was until 1828 the Val Badia connected. Ecclesiastically, Colfosco first belonged to the parish of Laion, later to the curate of St. Christina in Val Gardena. Both Corvara and Kolfuschg belonged to the judicial district of Enneberg until the end of the First World War and were part of the Bruneck district .

Name etymology

The name is derived from the Latin "corvus", the raven (for example the Ladin etymologist Paul Videsott ). Corvaria would then be the place of many ravens. An early German exonym was "Rabenstein".


In Corvara there is a primary school that is part of the Ladin school district of the neighboring municipality of Abtei. From the second grade onwards, lessons are taught in Ladin for two hours a week, the rest of the lessons are 50% in German and another 50% in Italian.

Worth seeing

  • Gothic parish church of St. Katharina in Corvara (first mentioned in 1347, consecrated in 1452) with winged altar of the Danube School , last restored in 1967;
  • Parish church of Colfosco, first mentioned in 1419, with wooden sculptures from the 15th century;
  • In the entrance area of ​​the Edelweiss valley near Kolfuschg, historic farmhouses in typical wooden construction.


Altar in the Gothic St. Catherine Church
St. Vigilus in Colfosco main altar

Corvara is the center and nucleus of tourism in the upper Val Badia. One of the first mountain guides, ski instructors and promoters of local tourism was the bus operator and innkeeper Franz Kostner (1877–1968), after whom the Franz Kostner Hut on the east side of the Sella is named. After an interruption due to the two world wars, Corvara began to flourish as a winter and summer holiday destination around the middle of the 20th century. Today Corvara is a member of the Alta Badia Tourism Association . 130 km of slopes have been developed for the winter sports season, which lasts from December to Easter. The Sella Ronda , which is very popular with skiers , passes Corvara.

Corvara is the destination of the annual end of June / beginning of July Dolomite bike marathon (147 km) around the Sella with over 7000 participants. Incidentally, the place is visited in summer by mountain hikers, climbers, racing cyclists, touring cyclists and mountain bikers. The first chairlift to the Col Alto viewpoint dates from 1947 and is one of the oldest in the Dolomites. A newer target group are golfers .

The infrastructure ranges from upscale hotels to simpler private accommodation and holiday apartments. A number of upscale restaurants are also concentrated around Corvara, which claim to be among the best in Italy.

Sports and leisure activities

Gondolas in Corvara
  • Cable car to Crep de Mont not far from Lake Boé ( 2198  m ), from there chairlift to Vallon ( 2530  m ), starting point for hiking trails and via ferrata into the Sella to Piz Boè ( 3152  m ); Another via ferrata to the Boè-Seekofel ( 2908  m )
  • Chair lifts to Col Alto (viewing summit, 1980  m ); to the Pralongia plateau ( 2050  m ); from Kolfuschg cable car to Col Pradat at the foot of the Sassongher ( 2038  m )
  • ski lifts in winter
  • Ice rink
  • Climbing wall
  • Tennis hall
  • 9-hole golf course on the slope of the Campolongo Pass, which is a ski area in winter. It is only playable from June to September.

Giro d'Italia

Trilingual (from above: Ladin, German, Italian) signpost at the northern entrance to Corvara

Corvara was a stage destination of the Giro d'Italia several times :


  • Kolfuschg-Corvara music band, founded in 1927
  • Alpine Association Section CAI Badia (subgroup of Club Alpino Italiano Bozen), founded in 1954: mountain guide, climbing school, mountain rescue service
  • Corvara Tourist Association
  • Colfosco Tourist Office
  • Alta Badia Golf Club


Municipal Council (2015)
A total of 15 seats
  • Uniun Calfosch Pescosta Corvara : 15

Mayor since 1952:

  • 1952–1956: Leopoldo Clara
  • 1956–1969: Franz Kostner
  • 1969–1974: Goffredo Declara
  • 1974-2005: Heinz Kostner
  • 2005–2010: Francesco Pedratscher
  • since 2010: Robert Rottonara


  • Johann Baptist Alton (* 1845 in Colfosco; † 1900 in Rovereto), Romance studies and local history researcher
  • Josef Mersa or Ujep Mersa (* 1871 in Kolfuschg, † 1914 in Brixen), sculptor
  • Franz Angelo Rottonara (* 1848 in Corvara, † 1938 in Vienna), set designer
  • Vigil Pescosta (* 1886 in Colfosco; † 1981 Ortisei in Val Gardena), sculptor


  • Martin Lercher: Churches in Corvara and Colfuschg . Pluristamp, Bozen 1999.

Web links

Commons : Corvara  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Egon Kühebacher : The place names of South Tyrol and their history. The historically grown names of the communities, parliamentary groups and hamlets . Athesia, Bozen 1991, ISBN 88-7014-634-0 , p. 74
  2. Brockhaus' Konversationslexikon, 14th edition, Leipzig 1894, 6th volume, p. 158f., Entry Enneberg . The Abteithal is connected to the Pusterthal by a new, extremely artistically laid out road (32 km), which leads to the end of the valley to Corvara (176 E., 1572 m). Close to Corvara St. Cassian (365 E., 1526 m), famous for numerous fossil finds. (P. 159)
  3. ^ Abbey school district. South Tyrolean Citizens' Network , accessed on October 25, 2014 .
  4. The mayors of the South Tyrolean municipalities since 1952. (PDF; 15 MB) In: Festschrift 50 Years of the South Tyrolean Association of Municipalities 1954–2004. Association of South Tyrolean municipalities, pp. 139–159 , accessed on November 16, 2015 .