Sesto lies at an altitude of 1,310 m/4,298 ft. above sea level and borders on East Tyrol (Austria) to the north. It is the “last”, i.e. easternmost town of the South Tyrolean Val Pusteria valley. Sesto is surrounded by a wonderful natural landscape
and boasts a spectacular mountain backdrop
: the Carnic Alps to the east, the Sesto Dolomites
to the south, and the Passo Monte Croce to the north.
The first documental evidence of Sesto's existence dates back to 965. At the time, the town was referred to as “Sexta”, which is derived from the Latin word for “six”. Later, i.e. during the late Middle Ages, that name was replaced by “Valle Sexta”. Places of interest in Sesto:
More places of interest:
- the so-called “Sextner Bergsonnenuhr” (mountain sundial), a spectacle of nature consisting of five impressive Dolomite peaks (Cime Nove, Cima Dieci, Cima Undici, Cima Dodici and Cima Uno)
- the UNESCO’s Natural World Heritage: the Three Peaks of Lavaredo with countless hiking trails and climbing routes …
- the so-called “Parco Naturale Tre Cime” (Three Peaks of Lavaredo nature reserve) is a special area in the mountains, and is part of Site. This nature reserve covers an area of 11,635 hectares/28,750 acres and extends over the territories of three communes: San Candido, Sesto, and Dobbiaco.
- the Val Fiscalina valley is a small side valley to the south of Sesto. It is famous for its beauty, is located within the Sesto Dolomites nature reserve, and is flanked by some of the peaks which make up Sesto's mountain sundial. The impressive mountain backdrop is yours to enjoy!
- the Monte Piano open-air museum offers a stunning 360° panorama. Monte Piana is also a historic site: over 14,000 soldiers died here during World War I
- over 160 works by Rudolf Stolz (1874–1960) are exhibited in the Rudolf-Stolz-Museum. With Egger-Lienz, Stolz is regarded as one of the major Tyrolean artists of the first half of the 20th century. His favourite subjects were Madonnas. The work “Totentanz” (dance of death) by the South Tyrolean artist Rudolf Stolz (1874–1960) in Sesto's churchyard is one of Sesto's most popular attractions
- reindeer on the Croda Rossa … you can watch reindeer in a somewhat unusual habitat, i.e. that of the Croda Rossa mountain. And in winter you can even enjoy a ride on a reindeer-drawn sled.
- Lienz, the capital of East Tyrol, is just 50 km from Sesto. Lienz is a lovely small town with flair which has some 13,000 inhabitants. The Romans were the first to settle the Lienzer basin where they built Tyrol's only Roman town, Aguntum. During the Middle Ages, the counts of Gorizia established their summer residence in Schloss Bruck. Nowadays, Lienz is a vibrant small town with sheltered alleys and squares, boutiques, a weekly market on Fridays and Saturdays, concerts, and art galleries.