St Maddalena is a small town in a relatively untouristy part of the Dolomites, north of val Gardena.
There isnt a lot to do there, but if you visit the local church you will see a view that has launched a thousand post cards. Note that there are 2 churches that could lay claim to being the most photographed in this valley, one is St Johanns ( a tiny baroque church in a field), which is clearly marked on local maps, the other is not so special for its architecture, being a simple stone spire type, but when you see it against the backdrop of the Odles (the Dolomites here), the view is unearthly beautiful. The church doesnt seem to have a name that I could find, but to get to it, follow the signs from the centre of the village. The best view of it is to be had from the road that continues on past the turn off for the church.
That view alone is the reason I was in St Maddalena, and I enquired for lodgings at a few places (all full) until I chanced upon Haus Florian, run by a nice lady, and the room is lovely, and incredibly cheap at €40, but the only thing that stopped me staying longer was that at that point (mid July), a new home was being built right next door, and the builders made a racket from 7am to 6pm, which ruined the peaceful feel for me.
Breakfast was continental, but as I was the only one there that day, rather on the small side. But for the price, I didnt care.
If you are having a short stay in St. Magdalena, I highly recommend this place, but make sure the construction next door has completed.
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- Haus Florian Italy/Funes