In the very heart of the Dolomites live more than 30,000
Dolomite Ladins whose identity is characterised mainly by
two important features: the uniqueness of their language,
which derives from popular Latin, and the extraordinary mountain
landscape at the heart of the southern Alps.
It is only thanks to the physical characteristics of this
landscape that the Ladin language has survived today. It
is the eldest of all languages spoken in this region and
is restricted by the Italian and the German cultural and
linguistic areas that surround it.
The way through the museum focuses on some significant
aspects of the present and past lives of the Dolomite Ladins,
highlighting the important influences of cross-regional events
on the lives of the population and pinpointing the existing
interrelations between landscape forms and lifestyles.