Canazei (Ladin: Cianacéi; German: Kanzenei, Kanetschei or Kanascheid) is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located in the upper part of the Val di Fassa, about 110 kilometres (68 mi) northeast of Trento. Its name derives from the Latin word cannicetus (cane thicket).[3]

Comune di Canazei
Canazei center

Coat of arms
Location of Canazei
Location of Canazei in Italy
Canazei (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°28′30″N 11°46′24″E
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceTrentino (TN)
FrazioniAlba, Gries, Penia and Canazei
  MayorSilvano Parmesani
  Total67.3 km2 (26.0 sq mi)
1,450 m (4,760 ft)
 (28 February 2017)[2]
  Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0462
Patron saintSt. Florian
WebsiteOfficial website


In the census of 2001, 1,498 inhabitants out of 1,818 (82.4%) declared Ladin as their native language.[4]

Main sights

  • Chiesetta della Madonna della Neve. This church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Snow, is located at Gries, one of the Canazei hamlets, and was built in 1595; it has an onion-domed bell tower, while on the southern facade is an image of S. Christopher, painted in the 18th century.[3]
  • Chiesetta di San Floriano, a church in the centre of the village. It was built in 1592.[3]


Canazei is the base station for excursions and rock climbs to the Sella, Marmolada and Sassolungo Groups.

The comune is represented in ice hockey's Serie A by HC Fassa who play at the Stadio del Ghiaccio Gianmario Scola. Canazei co-hosted the 1994 World Ice Hockey Championships with Bolzano and Milan.

Canazei is also a traditional ski resort on the Sella Ronda circuit with 42 kilometres (26 mi) of ski slopes.


Events in the town include:

  • Gran Festa da d'Istà (Great Summer Feast - in Ladin): on the first Sunday in September with traditional folk parade
  • Te Anter i Tobiè: on the second week-end in July


  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. Artoni, Carlo (1994) 250 Itinerari in Val di Fassa, p.146. Azienda di Promozione Turistica della Valle di Fassa
  4. "Tav. I.5 - Appartenenza alla popolazione di lingua ladina, mochena e cimbra, per comune di area di residenza (Censimento 2001)" (PDF). Annuario Statistico 2006 (in Italian). Autonomous Province of Trento. 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-12.

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