The sites of the stava catastrophe
Mount Prestavèl and the Val di Stava were the scene of mining activity and housed the tailing dams for the sludge left over from mining which collapsed on 19 July 1985.
Stava, where the Stava 1985 Center is located, can be reached by private vehicle or by public bus, being along the road that leads from Tesero to Pampeago.
It can also be reached, with an easy walk or by mountain bike, starting in Tesero from the medieval bridge over the Stava river and following the course of the stream for about 3 kilometers (the “Maps” section allows you to view and download the various routes also in usable format on GPS app).
In the valley, on the “Dove Stava una valle” pathway, some panels give information on the community, on the territory crossed and on the buildings that were profoundly marked on 19 July 1985. In the upper part of the town of Tesero, there is the Church of San Leonardo and the adjacent Monumental Cemetery of the Victims of the Val di Stava.
Before reaching Stava, a brief visit to the small church “La Palanca” with the monument donated by the Populations of Vajont and the crystal plaque which was blessed by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his visit to Stava on 17 July 1988, cannot be missed.
Finally, starting from the Stava 1985 Center you can take the “Stava 1985” path, a journey between nature and memory created by the Municipality of Tesero on a proposal from the Stava 1985 Foundation, with a network of paths that involve the upper part of the valley and the Mount Prestavèl, site of the mining activity.
It is advisable to wear clothes and shoes suitable for an excursion along forest paths and easy mountain trails.