Inhabited as early as Roman times, it formed the border between Italy and Austria until World War I. One can still read on old maps the ancient names Pontebba veneta, Italian and Pontafel to indicate the Carinthian part.
Val Pontebbana and Val Aupa, to the northeast of Pontebba, represent today the two main valleys of the Canal del Ferro, and constitute a very interesting area from a naturalistic, environmental and hiking point of view. It is an ideal area for exploring enchanting mountain valleys in both summer and winter.
In winter, in fact, one can reach in a short time the ski facilities of the Tarvisio area as well as those of the famous Passo Pramollo ski area on the border with Austria. The Pramollo area is of great importance from a naturalistic and geological point of view, since, besides being very rich in fossils, it is known for the presence, unique in Italy, of the Wulfenia Carinthiaca.
Finally, ice-skating enthusiasts can whizz around the Palaghiaccio both during the winter season and in some summer periods.