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Welcome to Selva (Lad. SŽlva) in Val Gardena (Lad. GherdŽina)!

This village counts about 2600 inhabitants and is located in the heart of the Dolomites at an elevation of 1563 m. It is located at the end of the valley and from it you can get to Val Badia over the Passo Gardena and to Val di Fassa over the Passo Sella. This premier nature and holiday resort is set in a fantastic landscape among the Gruppo del Sassolungo, the Puez and the Sella Massif.

The official languages in this municipality are, like in the whole Val Gardena, Ladin, German and Italian. Thus, for the same place Sëlva is Ladin, Wolkenstein is German and Selva is Italian and Gherdëina is Ladin, Gröden is German and Val Gardena is Italian.



Selva Val Gardena - Sella and Sassolungo mountine

Selva offers a large array of accommodation facilities you can choose from and unlimited possibilities to spend your time during your holidays all year round: hiking and mountaineering on well-marked trails, Nordic walking, mountain biking, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski touring, snowshoeing, sledging. You can play billiard, bowling, golf, miniature golf, tennis and go riding, fishing, as well as ice skating and curling.

All accommodation facilities are at a stone’s throw from the slopes in winter and in summer you can just put on your hiking shoes and go for it. Modern cableways and lifts are part of the modern infrastructure Selva has to offer. The cableways Dantercepies and Ciampinoi will take you right into the middle of the skiing paradise!

From the top station of the Ciampinoi cableway you can ski down the notoriously steep and therefore famous slope Saslong featuring annually the downhill and the super G competition valid for the Men's Alpine Ski World Cup.


Vallunga - Selva Gardena - Nordic ski

Moreover, Selva is the best starting place in Val Gardena for the famous Sellaronda ski circuit and is part of Dolomiti Superski, the largest ski carousel in the Alps.

Selva boasts of exquisite restaurants and pizzerias where you can taste typical South Tyrolean and Mediterranean dishes. There are also cosy cafés and great shopping possibilities waiting on you.

What Selva’s nightlife is concerned, there are several pubs, bars, après-ski locations and discos which should be checked out.

There are many events taking place in Selva throughout the year, it has, for example been several times one of the stage locations of the Giro d'Italia.


Selva Gardena - Piazza Nives

Places of interest you should not miss:


  • the Parish Church S. Maria ad Nives of Selva
  • S. Silvestro Chapel in Vallunga


  • Castle ruin in Vallunga
  • Castle Gardena (between S. Cristina and Selva).

Selva is the birthplace of:

  • the famous alpinist and explorer Karl Unterkircher who died on the Nanga Parbat in the summer 2008;
  • the former alpine skier Peter Runggaldier who is the only Italian skier to have won a Downhill World Cup;
  • the former alpine skier Werner Perathoner.

In Selva plays the Hockey Club Gherdëina. This ice hockey team won four times the Italian Championships.

How to reach Selva Gardena

The public transport service in South Tyrol and also in Val Gardena is very good. Selva can be reached by car, bus, train & bus, airplane & shuttle service, airplane & train.