Dolomites Tips

4 Reasons to Visit San Cassiano

San Cassiano has a number of excellent trails that offer fitness combined with magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s a fantastic way to experience the landscape while also getting your exercise.

5 Reasons to Visit Alleghe

Well, the valley that existed prior to a massive landslide from Mount Piz in 1771, which ultimately formed the beautiful Alleghe Lake that sits there today.  A rich history, which dates back to the 12th century, and some of the best outdoor adventure terrain make a trip to Alleghe an unforgettable experience.  Here are five reasons you should add this ancient village to your travel to-do list.

5 Reasons to Visit Auronzo

If you can imagine a place, nestled in the mountains that offers exhilarating year-round adventure, amazing natural terrain bordered by soaring peaks and serene lakes, and an intriguing past that stretches back thousands of years you will have imagined the beautiful town of Auronzo.

5 Reasons to Visit Corvara

Since around the 18th century, Corvara has been serving tourists with its warm hospitality, fantastic views and incredible outdoor activities. Yet despite its popularity among visitors, Corvara has somehow managed to maintain its ancient Alpine charm.

5 Reasons to Visit Dobbiaco

So charming and enchanting is Dobbiaco that it’s often referred to as the “gateway to the Dolomites” and once you step foot within its quaint borders you’ll quickly understand why. The reasons to visit Dobbiaco are almost too numerous to mention, but here are five that top the list.

4 Reasons to Visit Colfosco

While the area is certainly ideal for winter activities, Colfosco is particularly great for fun in the warmer months. The fact that it’s surrounded by woods and gentle mountain slopes, as well as the fact that the area boasts a total of 8 high-altitude trails makes Colfosco perfect for those summertime hikes and mountain bike excursions.

3 Reasons to Visit Caprile

Lots of towns and villages consider themselves to be the “heart” of the Dolomites, yet the central location and many available links and connections to bordering valleys make Caprile one of the best contenders for this title. It’s the ideal starting point for summertime excursions like climbs, mountain bike adventures, hikes, walks and picnics.

5 Reasons to Visit Agordo

Nestled perfectly within the heart of the surrounding mighty Dolomite Mountains, the tiny town of Agordo may be small but it packs a big punch. Once home to the world’s largest eyewear company, Luxottica Group, and with a long, rich ancient history dating back centuries, Agordo has found a way to weave the past with the present creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere for those who cross its unassuming borders

5 Reasons to Visit Arabba

Located in the center of the enchanting Livinallongo valley and perched at an impressive altitude of 1602m lies the quaint and welcoming mountain village of Arabba, known as Rèba in Ladin

Via Ferrata delle Trincee, Dolomites, Marmolada, Mesola, 2727m

The ferrata is accessed by way of Passo Fedaia, following path 698 to Rifugio Porta Vescovo. From there, grab a cable car that leads up from Arabba. Head east toward the Mesola, following the signs until you reach the start of the ferrata, directly below Bec da Mesdi. Now prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey.

Ferrata delle Mèsules Dolomites, Sella, Piz Selva, 2941m

You can access this ferrata by traveling the road to the Passo Sella, then from there following the clear path heading northwest. The path will lead you below the Sella towers to a large black mark that indicates the line of a waterfall. To the right of this sits the base of the ferrata just waiting to be conquered.

Via Ferrata Piz da Lec Dolomites, Sella, Piz da Lec, 2911m

Begin around 2536m at Rifugio Kostner al Vallon, which can be reached either by taking path 638 from Passo Campolongo or via the Boé lift and the Vallon chairlift from Corvara. From the chairlift, take the short 25 minute walk toward the start of the ferrata.

Ferrata Brigata Tridentina Dolomites, Sella, Torre Exner, 2585m

The ferrata can be reached via the road to Passo Gardena, which in and of itself can be demanding with its hairpin curves at a height of 1956m. From the car park, continue on the marked path that leads to the start of the ferrata.

Via Ferrata Vallon Dolomites, Sella, Sasso delle Nove, 2904m

Access the via ferrata by taking the Boé lift and the Vallon chairlift from Corvara to reach the Rifugio Kostner al Vallon, which sits high around 2536m. Alternately, follow path 638 from Passo Campolongo or take path 637 from Arabba.

Via Ferrata Marino Bianchi

To get to the start of the ferrata, take the SS 48 from Cortina towards Passo Tre Croci to Capanna Rio Gere and where the Sonforca chairlift begins. Take the lift up to Rifugio Sonforca and then grab a gondola to the 2919m Forcella Staunies.

Via Ferrata degli Alpini, Col dei Bos, 2559m

Because it is quite new and is still used for training by the Italian alpine military units, the Col dei Bos via ferrata is not marked on not marked on older maps or guide books. This means that climbing it is akin to enjoying a little hidden gem among the massive surrounding mountain peaks.

Via Ferrata Marmolada Cresta Ovest 3343m

Take one look at the magnificent Marmolada and you’ll know why this incredible massif is often referred to as the Queen of the Dolomites – its sheer size is awe inspiring. The fact that it can be tackled via ferrata makes it even more amazing.

Via Ferrata Giuseppe Olivieri Dolomites, Tofane, Punta Anna 2731m

The Punta Anna via ferrata can be accessed from Rifugio Dibona by following path 421 to Rifugio Pomedes. There a sign posted path leads leftwards toward the start of the ferrata. The good news is, it’s almost entirely equipped with cables.

Sentiero attrezzato De Luca - Innerkofler

While all the via ferrata offer an incredible way to experience the Dolomites, this one may just have a slight advantage, particularly since the path itself follows an old wartime route including tunnels once used during the First World War.

Via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta Dolomites Sella, Piz Boé, 3152m

You can access this ferrata through a variety of ways, each leading to the metal plaque announcing its starting point. From Corvara, take either the Boé or the Vallon lift to reach Rifugio Kostner al Vallon. Or, follow path 638 from Passo Campolongo to reach the same point.