Skiing in Cadore: the ski area of San Vito di Cadore together with Auronzo, Misurina and the slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo, make up a vast paradise for skiers, which is part of the Dolomiti Superski zone: 140km of slopes and just one ski pass needed to ski wherever you wish in this area. You can also take a well earned break in the cosy mountain refuges scattered along the pistes. Those who would like to learn or improve their snowboarding, downhill and Telemark skiing techniques can attend the San Vito di Cadore and Auronzo-Misurina ski schools with 50 instructors between them.
Perfect peace and exercise in an enchanted world: Cadore is the ideal place for lovers of cross-country skiing. Palus San Marco is the site of the Somadida pine forest, the largest wooded area in Cadore, and which in the winter is the hub for the many cross-country circular ski trails with varying degrees of difficulty, some of which are even lit up for people who fancy a night time skiing adventure. Lorenzago di Cadore has some cross-country skiing circuits of from 2.5 to 5km, equipped with lighting and snow machines. The mountain pass Passo Cibiana in Alto Cadore is home to one of the most magical cross-country ski trails in the whole province of Belluno, called “Deona”, with circuits of from 2.5 to 7km which can also be skied by night. For beginners there is the “La Graes” trail in San Vito di Cadore where you can ski along the banks of the river Boite, with stunning views of Monte Antelao.
For kids: we in Cadore have always taken extra care to meet the needs of families and our youngest visitors. Kids who want to have a go at skiing can make use of Cadore’s specially equipped spaces such as the nursery slopes on the Monte Agudo pistes which has a special baby ski lift, or the NeveSole park in San Vito di Cadore, where kids can learn to ski in perfect safety and also have fun with snow-tubing, bobsleigh and sled runs. Wintertime in Cadore offers something exciting to suit every taste: you can watch rumbustious ice-hockey matches at the Auronzo and Pieve di Cadore rinks; you can learn to drive a sled pulled by Siberian huskies at the Athabaska Sled-dog Centre in San Vito di Cadore or you can sample the hair-raising thrill of driving a go-kart on ice at Palus San Marco.
Cadore for fun and relaxation: Cadore offers plenty of trails to follow in snow shoes (“ciaspe”), delighting in the perfect peace of the landscape. Ski-mountaineering fans have a number of routes at their disposal, from Tre Cime di Lavaredo to Antelao, from Piani del Ciauta in Borca di Cadore to Taulà dei Ciampe. You can also take trips on a snowmobile transporting you up to the traditional mountain refuges known as “baite”, maybe for a delicious lunch or dinner. If you are still after some more fun, you can whizz downhill on a bobsleigh or sled. For our visitors who want to pamper themselves, Cadore offers superbly equipped health and beauty spas for a really relaxing stay in the Dolomites.
The Cadore Lakes Tour: the whole Cadore area is studded with lakes. For example you can take a pleasant walk along the edge of lake Misurina with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo as a backdrop. As you go down towards Auronzo, you encounter the lake of the same name, with its very popular pedestrian paths and cycle tracks that snake around its edges and which is the regular setting for a number of major international canoeing and powerboat events. Between the built-up parts of Pieve and Lozzo di Cadore, you will find Lago di Centro Cadore, the starting point for a large number of trails that lead right up the neighbouring peaks. The Laghetto delle Tose in Calalzo di Cadore is yet another jewel in the area’s crown, where you can sun yourself on the little beach or wander among the woods, following a stream of the purest water. The tour of the lakes ends in San Vito, with the spellbinding scenery of the Mosigo reservoir.
Summertime: in Auronzo di Cadore, at the Monte Agudo ski lifts, the Fun Bob awaits you: a bobsleigh that runs on rails, hurtling down what is in wintertime a downhill ski slope. Its 3km run, which can be covered in just 15 minutes, makes the Auronzo Fun Bob one of the longest and most famous of its kind in the whole of Europe. Don’t miss a visit to the Happy Park in Borca di Cadore and the Adrenalin Park at the Cibiana pass, amusement parks specially equipped for children for long days of outdoor fun in delightful natural surroundings.
Hiking and more besides: The Cadore Dolomites are the ideal destination for hiking addicts who can explore the wonderful landscape in total safety with the support of our Alpine guides. Cadore also offers a multitude of choices for those who prefer something a little less energetic: Casera Razzo, the footpaths of Lorenzago, much loved by the late Pope John-Paul II, the nature trail Tita Poa and the uplands Pian dei Buoi. If you are looking for a new way to experience life in the mountains, Cadore offers some thirty fully mapped Nordic walking trails, full details of which can be found on the interactive website: www.venetotopwalk.it. Professional guides accompany visitors on the trails to show them how to get the maximum physical and mental benefit from Nordic walking.
Cycling along the Lunga via delle Dolomiti: the Lunga Via delle Dolomiti is a footpath and cycle track that links Lienz to Calalzo di Cadore, passing by way of Cortina. The Cadore stretch of this route is immersed in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty, dominated by the towering Dolomite peaks. From Calalzo to Valle di Cadore, there are many well lit tunnels making this part of the route particularly atmospheric as it snakes along with steady gradients and wide bends, interspersed with the disused railway stations built in typical Alpine Liberty-style. During the summer the Bike n’ Bus service operates making it possible to take your bike with you on the bus to reach the cycle track.
Cadore is a Titian: Pieve di Cadore is the historical and social capital of the whole Cadore area, but is most famous for being the birthplace of one of the greatest of all Renaissance painters and you can visit the house where Titian, or Tiziano Vecellio, was born in the square named after him. Cadore was also the birthplace of the Italian optical industry and Pieve is home to a museum dedicated to spectacles and optical aids with over 3000 items tracing the history and the technological development of this accessory. Cadore boasts some major archaeological sites: the Lagole where remains dating back to the paleo-Venetian age have been found; the Pelmetto, where the famous dinosaur footprints can be seen; Mondeval, where a burial site from the Mesolithic Era was found and finally, Monte Calvario in Auronzo, with the remains of an ancient shrine dating back to the 2nd Century BC. A visit to Cibiana di Cadore is a must, known as the “village that paints its own history”, for the wonderful murals by many famous artists that adorn the houses.
From the North: A22 Brennero motorway, exit Bressanone, then take the SS49 in the Dobbiaco direction.
For Auronzo di Cadore: after Dobbiaco, carry on in the Cortina d’Ampezzo-Pieve di Cadore-Venezia direction; at the junction for Cortina d’Ampezzo turn left in the Misurina direction and drive down towards Auronzo.
For San Vito di Cadore: after Dobbiaco, carry on in the Cortina d’Ampezzo-Pieve di Cadore-Venezia direction, carry straight on for Cortina d’Ampezzo on the SS51 as far as San Vito.
From the South: A27 Mestre-Belluno motorway, exit Pian di Vedoja, then take the SS 51. For Auronzo di Cadore: at Tai di Cadore follow the SS 51bis direction Sappada-Auronzo-Comelico; at Lozzo di Cadore follow the signs for Auronzo (SS 52); go past Cima Gogna (SR 48). For San Vito di Cadore: continue along the SS 51.
By bus: from Belluno-Calalzo di Cadore on the Dolomitibus line.
By train: the nearest railway station to Auronzo di Cadore is Calalzo di Cadore, 15km away, that can be reached on the Venezia S. Lucia - Calalzo di Cadore line (www.trenitalia.com) or from Padua. From Calalzo station there are bus links by Dolomitibus: www.dolomitibus.it
By air: the nearest airports to S. Vito and Auronzo di Cadore are the “A. Canova” airport in Treviso: 128km; “Marco Polo” Venice: 137km; Verona “Catullo” – 256km, Innsbruck 173km. Direct shuttle transfers available.