The Way of the Dolomites

The Way of the Dolomites is not just a simple trekking route, but it goes much further. It is a circular route with 30 legs (over 500 km) that unwinds through the entire province of Belluno. You will discover the most significant religious and historical sites, following ancient tracks featuring 14 possible detours (sometimes shortcuts) to explore unique valleys and villages.

A route immersed in quiet and peace, along mule tracks and mountain paths, as much as possible far from traffic, suitable for everyone, that avoids difficult passages even if constantly at medium-high altitudes. This itinerary is perfect to share with friends or family in order to facilitate the discovery and meditation on the extraordinary natural environment that characterize the province of Belluno and the true meaning of life in this land. It is important to properly consider the length and time involved in each stage and be equipped with backpack, boots and the desire to discover the majestic beauties of the Dolomites.

Just one tip: you should walk along the Way of the Dolomites a bit at a time, maybe a stage by year, pick up the “credencial” where affix the stamps of the stage that you have done which is marked with white metal panels with the logo of the Way of the Dolomites and the double yellow and red band along the paths and roads.

You can find the Guide of the Way (210 pages) and the Tabacco maps (1:25,000 and 1:75,000) available at tourist offices, which can help you to choose which stage to follow and what to see in the vicinity. There are also many hotels that can offer helpful advice and valuable support to move safely and to learn more about the area.


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Stage 1: from the Sanctuary of the Saints Vittore and Corona to Facen The first stage starts from the Sanctuary of the Saints Vittore and Corona at the gates of Feltre, starting and ending point of the Way, and walking along the old town of Feltre you will arrive to the village of Facen Stage 2: from Facen to Cima Loreto The second stage starts from Facen and arrives to the Sanctuary of the Saints Tiburzio and Susanna, at the entrance of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, along the itinerary of the foothill churches, reaching first Mount Avena and then Cima Loreto Stage 3: from Cima Loreto to Passo Croce d’Aune The third stage starts from Cima Loreto, featuring ups and downs through woods and meadows, up to Passo Croce d'Aune mountain pass, crossing Sorriva and its charming church of St. Giorgio, and other villages characterized by churches, fountains and evidences of ancient workshops Stage 4: from Passo Croce d'Aune to Arson The fourth stage starts from Passo Croce d'Aune, in the territory of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, and continues gently downhill to Arson, in a landscape dotted with villages and bell towers, ancient farms, orchards and streams Stage 5: from Arson to Col Cumano The fifth stage starts from Arson and runs along a section of the path of the “Chiesette pedemontane” (foothill churches) inside the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park and the ancient Via Claudia Augusta Altinate Roman Road to the spiritual center of Col Cumano Stage 6: from Col Cumano to Sospirolo The sixth stage starts from the spiritual centre of Col Cumano, in memory of Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani in Belluno, passing through the towns of Santa Giustina, San Gregorio nelle Alpi and Sospirolo Stage 7: from Sospirolo to Val Imperina The seventh stage starts from Sospirolo and follows part of the ancient path of the Way of the Hospices which flanks the Cordevole stream towards the Agordo area through the mines of Val Imperina Stage 26: from Longarone to Farra d’Alpago The twenty-sixth stage starts from Longarone, town linked to the Vajont dam tragedy happened on October 9, 1963, and reaches Alpago crossing the Piave river and Ponte nelle Alpi and arriving to Lake Santa Croce Stage 27: from Farra d’Alpago to Nevegal The twenty-seventh stage starts from Farra d'Alpago along the shores of Lake Santa Croce and climbs up to Mount Nevegal that overlooks Belluno. This is one of the most challenging stretches of the Way of the Dolomites, but also most awarding Stage 28: from Nevegal to Belluno The twenty-eight stage starts from the Sanctuary of the “Immacolata” (dedicated to the Immaculate Conception) on Mount Nevegal and descends the valley of San Mamante down to Belluno, awarded with Gold Medal for Resistance, a city rich in history and art
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