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Alpago

A delightful splash of green in the south-east corner of the province of Belluno, Alpago offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to enjoy a fascinating stay in a pristine natural environment. The peaceful landscape of the Alpago Valley features a succession of meadows and woods set on gently rolling hills. From the shores of Lake Santa Croce, the perfect place for a spot of fishing or sailing, kite- and windsurfing, the terrain rises more steeply towards the Cansiglio woods until it reaches the jagged rocky crown in the Prealpi Carniche, with Col Nudo-Cavallo and the peaks of mounts Dolada, Teverone, Col Nudo, Venàl, Messèr, Laste and Cavallo, all of which can be reached by following Alta Via n. 7, a climbing route that can be travelled, in stages, in just a few days.

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Alpago

Lago di Santa Croce, Cansiglio, Dolada, Cavallo

A delightful splash of green in the south-east corner of the province of Belluno, Alpago offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to enjoy a fascinating stay in a pristine natural environment. The peaceful landscape of the Alpago Valley features a succession of meadows and woods set on gently rolling hills. From the shores of Lake Santa Croce, the perfect place for a spot of fishing or sailing, kite- and windsurfing, the terrain rises more steeply towards the Cansiglio woods until it reaches the jagged rocky crown in the Prealpi Carniche, with Col Nudo-Cavallo and the peaks of mounts Dolada, Teverone, Col Nudo, Venàl, Messèr, Laste and Cavallo, all of which can be reached by following Alta Via n. 7, a climbing route that can be travelled, in stages, in just a few days.

What to do and see

Alpago is an environment for all seasons. Spring is the time to ride on a magic carpet of wild flowers, discovering the rich variety of animal life flourishing in nature reserves. Summer is the time for boisterous fun, with the valley’s favourite sports, making the most of the summer breezes with sailing and windsurfing on the lake or hang-gliding. Autumn is the time to enjoy some Nordic walking or mountain biking, amid an explosion of colour as the leaves of the centuries-old beeches turn to red and to gold, to the tune of the deer barking as they roam the woods and pasturelands. The silence of the winter is the time to de-stress, with excursions on show shoes exploring Cansiglio, Col Indes, Pian Formosa and Malga Cate heading toward Val Salatis, taking breaks in cosy, welcoming restaurants, or skiing on the snow-covered plain. Alpago is delight to be savoured all year round.

The hills and the mountains that tower over Alpago are criss-crossed by routes for walkers and climbers that take in the famous high-altitude paths (Alte Vie) Di Patèra and Dei Silenzi. Here, the natural heritage is at its most priceless with the Cansiglio forest, Italy’s second largest, extending over 5000 hectares of pines and beeches, home to an amazing array of fauna, including deer, capercaillies, golden eagles and greater spotted woodpeckers. The wealth of plant-life, of which the cranesbill is one of the stars of the show, can be seen at the Cansiglio Alpine botanic gardens. Then there are the mysterious karst formations such as the “Bus de la Lum” ponor and the extensive peat bogs. The natural “monuments” include over 30 monumental trees, of different types, to be found in a range of fascinating environments, such as Lake Santa Croce, a natural oasis with unique wetlands and reed beds.

Skiing with a difference – the “natural” kind: Alpago has a long history of winter sports, its terrain ideal for ski mountaineering, the very best way of enjoying the mountain landscape, in all its unspoilt beauty. Ski mountaineering enthusiasts can find the slopes still snow-covered well into the spring. For many years Alpago has been the event for a major ski mountaineering event, known as the “Transcavallo”, a competition based on the classic technique which has achieved a considerable international profile. The Cansiglio skiing centre is some 10km from Tambre, the highest holiday resort in the Alpago Valley. Here you will find over thirty kilometres of trails, presenting a variety of challenges and which wind through one of Italy’s most beautiful forests. These include some lovely but not-too-challenging trails on sun-kissed slopes, for beginners who want to have fun as they perfect their technique, plus there are 7 cross-country trails.

Yet more fun in the snow: speeding along in the snow pulled by dogs. Experience the thrill of a bygone era with sled-dog power. Just shout “mush” and you’re in charge of your very own dog sled for the day. Pian Osteria offers trails from 2 to 12km that also host international races and you can try out all the excitement of that new twist on Nordic skiing – skijoring – just one man (or woman) and his (or her) dog! Rambling on snow shoes through the magical glades of the beech and pine woods is an uncomplicated, relaxing pleasure. This is the ideal holiday resort for parents with young children with lots of peaceful routes that are easy to negotiate, even with a pushchair. These well-trodden, fully sign-posted paths across meadows and through woodlands lead to rustic refuges and inns deep in the heart of Nature, with plenty of space for play and for exploring the tracks left by hare and deer.

The mountains in full bloom: the mountain experience takes flight. Instructors from the hang-gliding school accompany novices to let them experience this thrill in complete safety. Alpago is famous for hang-gliding competitions at regional, national and international level. Lake Santa Croce is the perfect venue for such water-sports as sailing, wind-and kite-surfing. There are schools and hire facilities along the banks of the lake to help everyone get the very best out of the summer breezes. It is possible to take boat trips, do some fishing, take relaxing lakeside walks or just drink in the summer sun from the well-equipped beach. Tambre has a brand new swimming pool and tennis and horse-riding are also on offer. Golf fans can enjoy the stunning setting of the 6000-metre 18-hole golf course.

Mountain trails: the Alpago mountains have a large number of mountain trails, all mapped out in detail, that make use of the ancient roads connecting all 35 villages. For example, the 50km Alpago Natura trail is a dirt road that can be tackled in stages. The 100km of bike trails that start from the shore of Lake Santa Croce, rising up to the Cansiglio forest, have also hosted the European mountain-biking championships. Nordic walking in this magical pristine Alpine landscape is the ideal way to restore both body and soul, with numerous circular trails that, as well as taking in natural wonders, pass by such historical and cultural sites as the shrine Santuario della Madonna del Runal and a number of Roman bridges.

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  •  By car:
    • from the North: at Bolzano take the A22 to the Trento Nord exit then proceed along the SP235 and the SS12 in the Trento direction. Take the SS47 and then the SS50 bis in the Feltre direction, after which you arrive in Alpago on the SS 50 and 51.
    • from the South: from Venice, take the A27 motorway, exit Lago di S.Croce – Alpago. Or from Treviso – Conegliano take the SS51 and when you approach Lake Santa Croce, take the SP423.
  • By bus: from Belluno by the Dolomitibus line
  • By train:
    • from Venice to Stazione per l’Alpago, then by bus;
    • from Padova take the Calalzo di Cadore line, change at Ponte nelle Alpi, or the Belluno line and then the Venice line, getting off at Stazione per l’Alpago, or from Belluno by bus.
  • By air: the nearest airports: Venezia “Marco Polo”, 82km – Treviso “Antonio Canova”, 64km – Verona “Catullo” 206km – Innsbruck 233km.