At the beginning of the 17th century Christian Trebinger, his brother Bartlmä, and Melchior Vinazer established a craft that is today inseparable from the name Val Gardena – wood carving. By the 18th century Val gardena was a major centre for such skills and today it is a modern industry. Many such crafted items can be found in selva as souvenirs or you could just watch a local craftsman ply his trade. Such skill is aslo evident on a hiking ttrail too.
In Selva you will find names of places are signed in Italian and German - for example selva is the Italin and Wolkenstein its german equivalent. Some people are quite stuffy about it too. We got on the bus once to take us back to Selva and having stated our destination in the Italian the driver looked so grumpy at us and barked out "no Wolkenstein"!! No wonder the buses have the acronym SAD!!
The Italians are quite religious. Many crucifixes are seen in the dolomites and they always seem to have fresh flowers on them.