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Arabba

A delightful village in the heart of the Dolomites, Arabba (1,602 m) is the main tourist destination in the Fodom Valley, perched on the slopes of the imposing Sella massif and at the foot of the Pordoi and Campolongo passes, which mark the boundaries with, respectively, Trentino and Alto Adige. The area is bounded on the other side by the historic Col di Lana, after which the municipality of Livinallongo was named, then followed by the Falzarego Pass.

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Arabba

Arabba, Valle di Fodom, Livinallongo, Col di Lana, Sella, Pordoi, Campolongo, Falzarego

A delightful village in the heart of the Dolomites, Arabba (1,602 m) is the main tourist destination in the Fodom Valley, perched on the slopes of the imposing Sella massif and at the foot of the Pordoi and Campolongo passes, which mark the boundaries with, respectively, Trentino and Alto Adige. The area is bounded on the other side by the historic Col di Lana, after which the municipality of Livinallongo was named, then followed by the Falzarego Pass.

What to do and see

Skiing in Arabba: the Arabba ski resort boasts nearly 50km of pistes and 20 state-of-the art lifts and, together with the Marmolada, is part of the world-famous Dolomiti Superski “carousel”, offering skiers over 1,200km of slopes. One of the main attractions of this area is its easy access from the town centre to the slopes with no need for vehicle transport, so with your skis already strapped on you can reach both the easier slopes at Burz-Bec de Roces-Passo Campolongo and the challenging black pistes of Portavescovo, the crowning glory of the whole area and much loved by expert skiers. From there you can link to the Passo Pordoi pistes or take the Passo Padon ski lifts to the Marmolada glacier, the highest peak in the Dolomites.

From Sella Ronda to the Great War Tour: Arabba is centrally placed for one of the most atmospheric skiing locations on the planet, the Sellaronda: a 40km trail that winds around the majestic peak of the same name crossing no less than four mountain passes (Campolongo, Gardena, Sella and Pordoi). The trail can be covered in just a few hours and it is quite accessible for inexperienced skiers. The Col di Lana and its surroundings are redolent with memories of the First World War and you can experience these first hand on the Great War ski trail with departures also from Arabba itself. On this trail, which is not particularly technically demanding, you can spend a whole day skiing among spectacular views, taking the ski lifts, ski bus and even a short stretch being pulled along by a cute horse-drawn sled.

For kids: at Arabba we take special care of our youngest visitors with our Ski-Kindergarten just for them, a stone’s throw from the ski school. Kids from two years of age can have masses of fun with games both indoors and outside in the snow, with constant supervision, including during lunch. Playtime can be combined with skiing lessons at the Ski and Snowboarding School which organises courses and lessons specially designed for children from 4 to 12 years and graded according to their experience. Adults can also improve their skills under the expert guidance of the school’s instructors who are qualified in all the various snowboarding and skiing techniques including carving and Telemark,with daily excursions on the dazzling slopes.

Even more fun in the snow: for those who are not keen on skiing, Arabba has plenty of alternatives on offer such as excursions on the famous “ciaspe” or snowshoes, for a more relaxing way to enjoy the mountains in all their winter splendour, either with a personal alpine guide or by joining the weekly outings. For that intoxicating sensation that can only come from speed, there is the custom-built snowmobile circuit plus an open-air skating rink that stays open late into the evening. Lovers of freeride skiing and ski-mountaineering can choose from a wide range of routes planned by local alpine guides. If your heart’s desire is just to pamper yourself and de-stress, a wealth of hotel-based health and beauty spas are at your service. To crown the day’s activities, enjoy a romantic dinner sampling the delicious local cuisine in a cosy mountain refuge with a scenic trip up and back by snowmobile or classic snow cat.

Summertime. Sport meets relaxation in a natural wonderland: the mountains in full bloom: summertime in Arabba means adventure and relaxation in a wonderland of sloping green meadows and dazzling white rocks standing out against the clear blue sky and the deep blue of the mountain pools. You can explore this fairytale landscape quite simply and painlessly, with countless delightful walks to choose from. One of the classic local walks is along the historic trail Viel del Pan, a pleasant stroll along an erstwhile trade route linking Passo Pordoi and Portavescovo with a magnificent view over the Marmolada peak and the lake Fedaia. The shady woodlands and broad open meadows of the Cherz plateau are just right for all the family, while on the wooded slopes of Portavescovo you can explore the Terioi di Fodom (which means the paths of Livinallongo in the local Ladin language), two fascinating ways to discover the local flora and fauna, Teriol Gana or Teriol Salvans for the more energetic visitor.

Mountain trails: seasoned hikers have plenty of routes of varying difficulty to choose from in Valle di Livinallongo. The high altitude trails that wind around the Sella peaks; the panoramic Teriol de le Creste; the Via Ferrata delle Trincee, a route equipped with climbing aids, where WWI trenches once ran along the Austro-Italian border; the 3,152m of the Via Ferrata Piazzetta at Piz Boè. Then there are the haunting historic Great War sites of Coldi Lana and Sasso di Stria going towards Passo Falzarego. For more adventurous and accomplished climbers there are rockclimbing routes among the Castello di Andraz cliffs, just a few kilometres from Arabba, the ideal way to challenge the laws of gravity within touching distance of the clouds. routes among the Castello di Andraz cliffs, just a few kilometres from Arabba, the ideal way to challenge the laws of gravity within touching distance of the clouds.

Cycles and mountain bikes: cycle enthusiasts have a wealth of routes at their disposal, indeed the most breathtaking mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia take place in the Dolomite passes in this area. The Giro dei Quattro Passi (the Four Passes Tour), one of the most well known routes, can be travelled on a road or a mountain bike, taking the lifts up and whizzing down through the alpine meadows that in winter are home to the ski slopes. Arabba is one of Italy’s top locations for cycling events, among the many there is the Sellaronda Bike Day, when, for the entire day, the roads around the peak are closed to traffic and reserved for bike lovers. Then there is the high-profile Maratona dles Dolomites, the Cronoscalata del Passo Pordoi (an uphill race against the clock) and the Granfondo Dolomitistars, a road race with two routes, one mid and one long distance, that both start and finish in Arabba.

The Dolomites for bikers: Arabba’s strategic location makes it the favourite destination for bikers from all over Europe, a place to test out their driving skills on the bends of the historic S.S.48 Dolomite Way, as they travel through the Pordoi and Falzarego passes. Gazing in wonder from the seat of their motorbike at the stunning scenery of the Fodom valley. The local hospitality industry is fully geared up to cater for bikers and cyclists: visitors on two wheels are always welcome!

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