The village of Sappada (Plodn in german dialect sappadino, Bladen in German, Sapade Ploden or in Friulano, Sapada in ladin language) is a linguistic island German-speaking, as well as a note summer and winter tourist resort. Located between the historical regions of the Cadore and of Carnia, the northern offshoots of the Dolomites, at the border between the regions of Veneto and Friuli and Carinthia (Austria). Sappada is surrounded by imposing and impressive Dolomite massifs, the landscape is characterized by green pastures and extensive woods of conifers; numerous waterfalls and the alpine lakes. A landscape still uncontaminated area in which the variety of animal and plant species live undisturbed.
The toponym Italian seems to be connected to the "zappare", the dialect "sapàr", while the toponym germanico is connected to "Plat", "Piave". In the XI century some families coming from the nearby Austria (according to legend by country of Villgraten in East Tyrol) settled in the valley. It is therefore a linguistic island, which has experienced further successive migration of families from the Val Pusteria. The valley was uninhabited and uncultivated and sappadini began a patient work of deforestation and cultivation; in short was born a small country formed from Masi, developed over time in the suburbs. The country consists of features wooden houses lie in the sunny northern slope of the valley. Around the village green pasture for cattle, fields of rye, oats, barley and legumes and besides they woods rich in game.
In 1500, in addition to agricultural activities and pastoralism prospered even timber trade thanks to strong demand for wood for boats on the part of the Republic of Venice. After a brief period of French domination in 1814 Sappada passed under the Austrians to whom we owe the first schools and public works. In 1852 Sappada passed from the province of Udine to that of Belluno which in turn, a few years later was annexd to Italy (1866). After the entrance in the administration bellunese, Sappada chose to adhere to the Magnificent Community of Cadore, while not being part of the historic territory of the Cadore.
During the first world war were not fought the decisive battles of the surrounding mountains but were maintained positions on the front, you can still find the artifacts. Many women also sappadine were bearers carniche, women who voluntarily fulfilled hundreds of meters of height difference to several times per day to supply food and ammunition italian soldiers to the front. From 1916 to 1917 the country was also evacuated because of the suspicion that the inhabitants could nourish sympathies wire-Austrian because of their dialect: the population was transferred in Tuscany (at the Commune of Arezzo was instituted the provisional seat of the municipality of Sappada), some arrived in Campania and Sicily. Only recently, following the approval of the Regional Law 2018 of 9 February n.4, Sappada was aggregated to the Friuli Vanezia Giulia region under the province of Udine.
In the Second World War the town became part of the free republic of Carnia and was the scene of clashes between partisans and Germans. Some sappadini were conducted to concentration camps, including Dachau. In the postwar period due to the shortage of work many sappadini emigrated abroad, in particular in Switzerland and Germany. Following the development of tourism has also changed the economy of the country and many emigrants returned home to devote itself to the tertiary activities. On 5 November, was officially twinned with Arezzo, Tuscan city that welcomed in its territory the sappadini during the first world war, when they were refugees from 1917 to 1919.
The architecture sappadina appears to be inspired by the nordic trends, with the predominance of rustic and houses completely in wood, which constitute the precious architectural heritage of the town. These houses are built with the ancient technique of blockbau to overlapping beams in horizontal recessed and corners. The typical blockhaus sappadine are located in Sappada Vecchia and Cima Sappada. Homes more recent you have in the Borgata Lerpa at the beginning of Sappada for who comes from the slope of Veneto and in part of Sappada center. 8 of 15 villages of Sappada (Mühlbach, Cottern, Hoffe, Fontana, Kratten, Soravia, Ecche and Puiche) constitute the so-called Sappada Vecchia, which walking along the road it is possible to admire the ancient and typical houses (blockhaus) that in summer have all colorful flowered balconies, and stables in wood built with system of the interlocking of the beams blockbau said. More isolated and feature is also the borgata Cima Sappada, with numerous rustic wood dating back to the XIX century.
The dialect of Sappada is similar to Bavaro Tyrolean-spoken in the communities of the Swiss-German speaking province of Udine as Sauris and Timau. For its particular characteristics, is often the object of studies; has recently been introduced in the classrooms of Sappada, as provided by Law 482/99 and by international treaties signed by Italy.
The folklore sappadino expresses itself through the dances and the music of the folklore group of Holzhockar (the loggers), composed of a good thirty elements, between dancers and musicians. The group performs the mimiche dances of the life of a time; with their typical costumes sappadini and the cheerfulness of dances and music animate the festivals and the feasts of the country. Traditions are numerous and kept alive. The most note relates to the Carnival with its festivities and the typical masks. Among the religious traditions, it should be recalled the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in village Maria Luggau in Carinthia (Austria), that the sappadini and some tourists make on foot, through the path that in approximately 9 hours walk leads in Austria.
Today Sappada is a mountain resort tourist, which still retains its ancient traditions: in the characteristic houses in wood to the dialect Sappadino that has remained unchanged for centuries; from the local handicraft production of cheeses and cold cuts.