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Chemun de Urtijëi
Gemeinde St. Ulrich
Comune di Ortisei
Urtijëi is located in Italy
Location of Urtijëi in Italy
Coordinates: 46°34′N 11°40′E / 46.567°N 11.667°E / 46.567; 11.667Coordinates: 46°34′N 11°40′E / 46.567°N 11.667°E / 46.567; 11.667
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
 • MayorTobia Moroder
 • Total24.3 km2 (9.4 sq mi)
Elevation1,230 m (4,040 ft)
Population (31 January 2015)[1]
 • Total4,753
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Italian: gardenesi
German: Sankt Ulricher
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code39046
Dialing code0471
Patron saintSan Udalricus
Saint dayJuly 4
WebsiteOfficial website

Urtijëi (Ladin: [uʀtiˈʒɜi̯] (About this sound listen); German: St. Ulrich in Gröden [saŋkt ˈulrɪç in ˈɡrøːdn̩]; Italian: Ortisei [ortiˈzɛi]) is a town of 4,637 inhabitants in South Tyrol in northern Italy. It occupies the Val Gardena within the Dolomites, a mountain chain that is part of the Alps.


Urtijëi borders the following municipalities: Kastelruth, Villnöß, Lajen and Santa Cristina Gherdëina.


The Ladin-language name Urtijëi derives from the Latin word urtica and the suffix -etum with the meaning "place of nettles".[2]

From 1860 to 1914 Urtijëi experienced a relevant economical growth due to the opening of a major road connecting Val Gardena to the main railroad; as a result the local woodcarving industry flourished. International tourism developed through the discovery of the Dolomites first by English tourists, and subsequently visitors from other parts of Austria-Hungary as well as the German Empire. Currently, the town's economy is mostly based on winter skiing tourism, summer hiking tourism, and woodcarving.

Coat of arms[edit]

The emblem shows Saint Ulrich, with the bishop's vestments and a gold cross in his right hand, mounted on a horse, with gold harness and a blue saddle pad, on three green mountains on a gold field. The emblem is decorated with a blue chief, with three small silver shields alternating with two golden bees; the bees symbolize the laboriousness of the inhabitants. The coat of arms was granted in 1907 and reappointed in 1970.

Or, St Ulrich in bishops vestments with a cross Or in right hand, mounted on a white horse Proper with harness of the field and a saddle blanket Azure on a trimount Vert; On a chief Azure, two bees Or between three escutcheons Argent.


Main sights[edit]


According to the 2011 census, 84.19% of the population speaks Ladin, 9.30% German, and 6.51% Italian as first language.[4]



  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ Kühebacher, Egon (1991), Die Ortsnamen Südtirols und ihre Geschichte. Die geschichtlich gewachsenen Namen der Gemeinden, Fraktionen und Weiler, 1, Bolzano: Athesia, p. 502
  3. ^ Heraldry of the World: Urtijëi
  4. ^ "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.

External links[edit]

Media related to Urtijëi at Wikimedia Commons