Language

Mòcheno, a Bavarian dialect that has been passed down since the 1200s.

The Fersina Valley is a charming linguistic oasis, where an ancient dialect dating back to the 1200s is still used by both young and old. This language, called Mòcheno, is considered by linguists as a phoneme of Middle-High Bavarian origin, imported by the German settlers known as Roncadori. They settled along the banks of the Fersina stream, in a narrow inlet between the mountains in the southeastern part of Trentino, at the northernmost end of the Valsugana.

The limited exchange with the outside world by the valley’s inhabitants has favored self-sufficiency and allowed the language to continue living in its original form over the years.

Influences from Italian, particularly from the Trentino dialect and surrounding areas such as Perginese and Pinetano, as well as from Tyrolean, are considered relatively recent. However, the predominance of the Mòcheno language has remained unchanged, preserving its richness and authenticity.

This peculiar linguistic preservation makes the Fersina Valley a unique and fascinating place, appealing to those who wish to immerse themselves in an authentic and intact culture and tradition.