Meltdown, The Alps Under Pressure, National Geographic Magazine: Ladino Farm Family In Dolomites

Woman wears straw hat and dress stands in field with boy in front of stunning  mountain landscape.

Ladino families work together raking hay in the fields by hand in the traditional way on their farm in northern Italy. The Ladin culture is strong in La Valle where people have their own language, and there is a strong German influence. They have close family ties and follow customs passed down through many generations. Ladin is an ancient culture that is exclusive to the Dolomite region, and it dates back to the time of the Roman Empire.

In rural mountain areas, the population is dwindling. Adult brothers and sisters often live together and remain unmarried because potential spouses are few.  The woman and her nephew take a short break while raking hay.

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