Day 10: Wood Technology 

Destination: Castelnuovo & Cavalese, Italy

We were leaving Venice in the morning to have some visits. The first destination was a visit to Xlam Domoliti, a company of that produces engineered wood such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).


Since the journey was quite long, we then stopped in a ristorante for having a lunch. The place is amazing with hills backdrop.


We arrived in Xlam Domoliti to find that they have prepared delicious snacks and special local drinks for us.



X-Lam Dolomiti produces engineered wood called X-Lam (or CLT) that consists of at least three layers of conifer wood boards, mutually intersecting and glued.

We then had a tour and technical explanations about their products.

This is product information that I found from their website (

“The boards, appropriately planed and classified, are joined by means of mini finger joints to ensure structural continuity between the sheets making up the individual layers.
The structure of the panel obtained by gluing together the intersecting boards offers high performance, full dimensional stability and gives the product a rigidity that makes it suitable for the most demanding structural uses.
Gluing is executed to E1 controlled quality using formaldehyde-free adhesive. The product is subject to CE marking for products for construction as governed by Directive 89/106 CEE as amended, or classified according to § 11 of the Ministerial Decree of 14 January 2008 obtained from sustainable forest management (GFS) with custody chain certification according to PEFC guidelines.

XLAM panels are excellent for use as walls, floors and covering residential buildings, including multi-storey buildings, in public buildings, kindergartens and schools, commercial, managerial and logistics buildings and in highly modular structures.

Thanks to the high-level engineering applied during the production process, XLAM panels can be quickly assembled with great accuracy, reducing construction times by means of dry installation using mechanical connections. Finally, its flexibility of use ensures a high degree of modularity and, thanks to its minimal structural thickness, considerable benefits in terms of the net usable surface area.”


Our second destination is a visit to Magnifica Comunità della Val di Fiemme, who managed their own natural resources such as forests and woods. These are explanations about the community from

“The people of Val di Fiemme attachment to their territory and their tendency to self-government are the fundamentals of the “Magnifica Comunità della Val di Fiemme”, an institution, established in the 12th century, which was given an independent administration by the bishop of Trento.

During the centuries, the Comunità, a kind of rough republic, has been able to defend its independence and its features from foreign intrusions. The valley is divided into “regole” which enclose the valley’s towns, whose representatives elect each year the Scario, the Comunità’s president.

The institution manages the territory goods, such as: woods, mountain huts, meadows, cattle pasture, hunting and fishing, adopting a Longobardic rotation system. Moreover it also takes care of legal matters and the arguments were discussed at the Parco della Pieve in Cavalese, still called “banco della reson”, the judgment desk.

The Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme’s privileges came to an end when they were abolished by the Bavarian government in 1807. Although it lost its centuries-old political and administrative role, after several statute’s changes nowadays the Magnifica Comunità still remains an active organization in managing the immense forestaland heritage of the valley. This is really important not only for a correct forest exploitation, but also for the conservation of the historical, social and cultural identity of this valley.

The Magnifica Comunità is based in its own Palazzo, a building of particular historical significance in Cavalese, which hosts a gallery, a museum and an archive of manuscripts and texts of great historic importance to the Valle di Fiemme.”

After having a presentation in the office, we walked to a historical church to see the timber roof structure.

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