Comelico Superiore is the municipality located in the upper part of the valley and borders Austria and Val Pusteria, to which it is connected by the Monte Croce Pass. Comelico Superiore is made up of four villages: Padola, Dosoledo, Candide and Casamazzagno, and three villages that surround them, Sacco, Sega Digon and Sopalù.
Padola is the most important ski resort of Comelico. Padola is home to the Terme delle Dolomiti, whose waters boast therapeutic properties that have been known since ancient times. The local people have always used this natural resource. The project to build a thermal structure was born at the beginning of the 19th century, when the first scientific confirmations on the curative properties of the water arrived.
The church of S. Luca Evangelista, built between 1862 and 1869, is located in the square and contains works by Cesare Vecellio and Tomaso da Rin, two painters originally from Cadore, who lived in different periods.
In Dosoledo there is the “Algudnei” Museum: the name derives from the composition of several words (algu d’nei) that in the dialect spoken in the valley, means “something of us”. The museum is linked to the Cultural Research Group of Comelico Superiore and collects finds that testify and retrace the history of the valley.
The church of SS. Rocco and Osvaldo was built in 1844 and inside it preserves frescoes and works of considerable artistic value.
Candide is the oldest village and was rebuilt several times, in the same position, due to fires that devastated it. The church of Santa Maria Assunta boasts very ancient origins, but its present appearance dates back to the 18th century. The church of S. Antonio Abate was built by Mistro Nicolò Ruopel who signed himself “murador de Carnia”. In the centre of the village you can admire the Gera house, probably built between 1100 and 1200 and the magical Alpine Garden, an exhibition that winds along a stepped path, with wooden walkways for the view of the different floral species.
Along the path you can admire splendid and unique examples of rare flowers such as the meadow sage or the famous “queen of the Alps” or the lily of San Giovanni.
Casamazzagno is located on the slopes of Mount Spina and overlooks the village of Candide. Here you can admire the ancient church of San Leonardo, built in 1545 by Nicolò Ruopel, and the neoclassical church of San Leonardo, built in the centre of the village in 1870. The ethnographic museum “La Stua” documents local traditions and customs.
If you like the genre, we advise you not to miss the common event that brings together all the towns of Comelico: the “Maskarada”, the carnival that has a centuries-old tradition in this valley. Although the Council of Trento tried to suppress this festival, the carnival has always resisted and is a very heartfelt event: parties, parades, songs and dances accompany the typical masks of this area.