Short historical account
The origins of Sappada
Sappada is a German speaking island, built around the year one thousand and it was made up of settlements ofpeople from Tyrol and Carinthia. The legend says that they were refugees who fled from the village of Villgraten to escape the harassment of local lords, while some scholars argue thet they were settlers, attracted by the mineral deposits, the valley was once rich in. There are no written documents that testif the history of Sappada, but only an oral tradition handed down from generation to generation. The provenance from the Alps, is however confirmed by several witnesses as the language, the character of local architecture and customs.
Sice 1852 Sappada belongs politically to the Province of Bellunobut the community is part of the Archdiocese of Udine, in Friuli. During the centuries the village has remained relatively isolated from its neighbors because of distance and altitude differences, jealously safeguarding its German language and culture.« Back to previous page