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Gemeinde Sexten
Comune di Sesto
Sexten is located in Italy
Location of Sexten in Italy
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Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province / Metropolitan city South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni Kiniger (Quiniga), Mitterberg (Monte di Mezzo), Schmieden (Ferrara), St. Veit (San Vito), Moos (Moso)
 • Mayor Fritz Egarter
 • Total 80 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 1,310 m (4,300 ft)
Population (31-12-2013)[1]
 • Total 1,952
 • Density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Demonym(s) German: Sextner
Italian: di Sesto
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39030
Dialing code 0474
Website Official website

Sexten (Italian: Sesto [ˈsɛsto]) is a comune in South Tyrol in northern Italy. The town is famous as a summer and winter sport resort in the mountains.

According to the 2011 census, 95.37% of the population speak German, 4.36% Italian and 0.27% Ladin as first language.[2]


The town sits in a branch of the Puster Valley, near Innichen and Toblach, where the Drava rises. The district borders East Tyrol, Austria, to the north and the border is formed by the Carinthian Alps. To the south lie the eponymous Sextener Dolomites and nature park, which includes the famous Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime di Lavaredo).

The commune is bordered, clockwise from the west, by Toblach, Innichen, Sillian (Austria), Kartitsch (Austria), Comelico Superiore (Belluno) and Auronzo di Cadore, (Belluno).


The village's name is of Latin origin: ad horam sexta, meaning "at six-hour", referred to its location south to Innichen. Sexta is documented starting from 965 AD. During World War I, Sexten was on the front line between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and suffered much damage.

It was conquered by Italy in November 1918. Later it received further fortifications during the Fascist Era.

Historical view of Sexten and the "Sexten Sundial" (Sexten Dolomites) in a oil painting by Konrad Petrides around 1900


The emblem is azure and represents three argent peaks with a sable chamois standing in the centre; the three peaks symbolize the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The emblem was granted in 1972 but was in use before World War I.[3]

Twin towns

Sexten is twinned with:

See also


  1. All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. "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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Heraldry of the World: Sexten

External links

Media related to Sexten at Wikimedia Commons

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