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Chemun de Sëlva
Comune di Selva dVG
Gemeinde Wolkenstein in Gröden
Sëlva is located in Italy
Location of Sëlva in Italy
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni Plan
 • Mayor Peter Mussner (SVP)
 • Total 53.2 km2 (20.5 sq mi)
Elevation 1,563 m (5,128 ft)
Population (Nov. 2010)
 • Total 2,637
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym German: Wolkensteiner
Italian: gardenesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39048
Dialing code 0471
Website Official website

Sëlva (   , German: Wolkenstein in Gröden; Italian: Selva di Val Gardena) is a comune (municipality) in the Val Gardena in South Tyrol, northern Italy, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of the city of Bolzano. The Ladin place name derives from the Latin silva ("wood").


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
    • Coat-of-arms 2.1
  • Society 3
    • Linguistic distribution 3.1
    • Demographic evolution 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


As of 30 December 2010, it had a population of 2,637 and an area of 53.2 square kilometres (20.5 sq mi).[1] Sëlva borders the following municipalities: Badia, Campitello di Fassa, Canazei, Corvara, San Martin de Tor, and Santa Cristina Gherdëina.

It is perhaps best known as one of the starting points of the Sella Ronda ski tour.



The emblem is quarterly, the first and third corners are per bend and per fess nebuly of argent and gules; the second and third corners are indented of azure and argent on a sable top. The emblem represents the insignia of the Lords of Wolkenstein who built the local castle in 1291. The emblem was adopted in 1968.[2]


Linguistic distribution

According to the 2011 census, 89.74% of the population speak Ladin, 5.11% Italian and 5.15% German as first language.[3]

Demographic evolution


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Heraldry of the World: Sëlva
  3. ^ "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

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • (Italian) (German) Homepage of the municipality

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