Pope Luciani &
“The Pope of the Smile”
The Biois Valley is the birthplace of Pope John Paul I, remembered as “the Pope of the smile“. The main square of his hometown Canale d’Agordo is dedicated to him, as well as a 2-km Via Crucis completely immersed in nature along the Falcade-Canale cycle path, made of dolomite rock boulders with bronze castings by the local artist Franco Murer. In his hometown there is also the Albino Luciani Museum (MUSAL), created to raise awareness and enhance the figure of the Pope and his teachings, and the home where he was born
photo taken from book “Trentatrè giorni: un pontificato”
V ed. Editrice VELAR spa
Symbol for the villages of the Biois Valley
Churches are a symbol for the villages of the Biois Valley. Placed in predominant places and mainly of Gothic-Alpine style, they represent the strong bond that mountain populations have always had with religion. In Falcade you can visit the historic church of San Sebastiano and the church of the Beata Vergine Immacolata which, located at the foot of the Focobon Group, enjoys a breathtaking view towards the valley. In the valley you can also find the church of the Beata Vergine della Salute in Caviola, the church of San Pellegrino and Santa Croce in Sappade, the church of San Giovanni Battista in Canale d’Agordo and the church of Sant’Antonio Abate in Cencenighe. The church of San Simon in Vallada Agordina is particularly worthy: shyly hidden among the vegetation, it is the oldest place of worship in the entire valley. A National Monument since 1877, the church of San Simon hosts a huge artistic asset, among which stands out a cycle of 16th-century frescoes by the famous Venetian Renaissance painter Paris Bordone.