Tarvisio’s origins probably go back to Roman times, since the area was settled by the Celtic “Taurisci”, from whom the name Tarvisio probably derives.
During the Middle Ages, it belonged to the bishops of Bamberga, who in 1456 promoted the iron-working industry. After being sacked by the Turks in the 16th century, Tarvisio was the scene of numerous armed struggles. Following World War I it became part of Italy. Since then, situated on the main Venice-Vienna route and near the important Coccau and Predil passes, it has been a dynamic border area.
From the 1920s on, the commune of Tarvisio has been a destination of numerous immigrants, both from Friuli and from the rest of Italy, substantially changing its ethnic composition
During the summer, Tarvisio provides many hiking and walking trails for exploring the surrounding areas. Other sports are available too, such as horse riding, skating (Pontebba), fishing, as well as newer additions such as dog sledding, paragliding at Coccau Predil, mountain biking, and Nordic walking. And golfing naturally, at the magnificent 18-hole course, all surrounded by forests and imposing mountain peaks between Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. Cyclists will enjoy the new bike path connecting the border to the Val Bruna.
Winter brings not only stupendous views but also the most prestigious skiing area, which Duke Amedeo D’Aosta discovered and loved. Fully 140 kilometres of downhill runs await you here, and over 60 of cross-country trails, plus ski lifts, and efficient, modern snowmaking machines.
Nighttime skiing adds a fascinating dimension here: a perfectly-designed run, with beautiful curves, sudden changes in grade, gently-sloping plateaus for gathering speed offer tremendous excitement, the effects heightened by efficient outdoor lighting for nighttime skiing after sunset almost to midnight.