Marmolada, Malga Ciapela, Serrai di Sottoguda, Val Pettorina, Sasso Bianco, Fedaia

Mount Marmolada, at 3,343m, is the highest peak in the Dolomites, undisputed queen of the mountains recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, it is the beating heart of the Val Pettorina holiday area, one of the most enchanting in the whole of the Alps. This is the site of the largest and most southerly glacier in the Dolomites and the whole area is littered with evidence of the paleo-glacial age, providing a detailed account of the climate variations of the last few thousand years.

What to do and see

Skiing in the Marmolada area: a state-of-the-art cable car system whizzes you up, in just 12 minutes, from the 1,450 metres of Malga Ciapela to Punta Rocca at 3,269m, a stunning balcony overlooking the Dolomites and the Veneto plains from which, on a clear day, you can take in a view of the Venice lido. From here you can take a breathtaking slope along the 12km of the Marmolada glacier, the historic “Bellunese”, the longest piste in the Dolomites and voted by the international specialist press as the most lovely of all Alpine pistes. The ski resort is completed by the delightful Mount Padon slopes which always have good snow cover and, with a 900m gradient, they have runs for skiers of all levels of expertise, plus a learning slope for beginners and spaces equipped for the needs of all the family. Mount Padon also grants easy access to the spectacular ski runs of Sella Ronda.

Cross-country skiing: there are plenty of opportunities for fans of cross-country skiingwith a 7.5km trail, plus snowboarding and Telemark skiing.

The Great War Tour, Sella Ronda and Dolomiti Superski: the Great War ski tour covers the First World War theatres of war on a route that meanders at the foot of Mounts Marmolada, Civetta, Pelmo and Tofane, around the most striking symbol of that terrible war: Col di Lana. It was in these very mountains, between 1915 and 1917, that the Austrians and Germans faced the Italian Alpine troops in bloody battle. The keen eyes of our expert guides are able to point out to visitors all the traces of that war that are to be found all over that landscape: walkways cut into the rock, tunnels, fortified positions built by the soldiers to confront both the enemy and the harsh weather. The magnificent pistes on this trail are suitable for all skiers, a particular marvel being the Bellunese piste that plunges down from Punta Rocca, on the slopes of Mount Marmolada, finishing at Malga Ciapela. With Arabba so close at hand, the Marmolada ski area is the ideal place for skiers who want to access the Sella Ronda circuit. We are also located right at the heart of Dolomiti Superski with its 1,200 km of pistes and Punta Rocca, at 3,269m above sea level, is the highest point, boasting some of the most spellbinding scenery in the whole area.

Snow shoes and ice climbing: magical trails to follow in snow shoes, meandering through the woodlands of Val Pettorina. The Serrai di Sottoguda gorge with its frozen waterfalls is an essential destination for iceclimbers and it is also the stunning backdrop to unforgettable night-time torchlight processions. Created by the gradual erosion of the glaciers and, in more recent times, the waters of the Pettorina stream, the Serrai trails snake through an absolutely unspoilt landscape for some 2km, linking the villages of Malga Ciapela and Sottoguda.

Summertime: family rambles Val Pettorina and Marmolada are the perfect destination for those dreaming of direct contact with nature but who are not trained and experienced climbers. A delightful example is the trail across the Valle Ombretta, with a view of the south-west wall of Mount Marmolada. This trail takes you on a fascinating trip through more recent history, with the many relics of the First World War, that have withstood the ravages of time. The most classic route and the most popular among visitors to the Dolomites, is undoubtedly the one of Serrai di Sottoguda: a steep, narrow gorge of unparalleled beauty that you can explore on foot or in the little tourist road train. From the 2km trail you can marvel at the water gushing down the perpendicular walls then plunging into the Pettorina stream below.

Marmolada on two wheels: the Marmolada and Val Pettorina are ideal for those travelling on two wheels, either with or without a motor, and they can be sure to find a range of special offers at the local hotels. Road cyclists can challenge themselves with the tight hairpin bends of the Fedaia Pass, emulating all those great cycling champions, or mountain bike fans can do their own thing on one of the countless dirt roads running through the many woodlands

For family: there’s more fun for all the family on the highly original 4km trail “La volpe ti guarda” (the fox is watching you), a route you travel in ordinary or snow shoes, wending your way through the woods exploring the traditions and crafts of “once upon a time”.

For kids: snow equals pure magic: deep in the Malga Ciapela woods, at the foot of Queen Marmolada, the Kinderheim “La casetta incantata di Biancaneve” (Snow White’s enchanted cottage) whisks kids into a fairytale world, with entertainers in traditional costumes, fun, games and endless surprises.

Rock climbing routes: the Marmolada, with its imposing Southern wall and the largest glacier of Dolomites has always been the protagonist of history mountaneering in the Dolomites. The “vie ferrate” (routes equipped with climbing aids) are extremely popular, not only for their spectacular scenery, but also because there is an ample choice of routes presenting different levels of challenge, there is something for beginners as well as the most experienced climbers. The Sas de Rocia route is perfect for people having their first go with helmet, harness, karabiners and ropes and, on reaching the top, a spellbinding landscape unfolds from this central point among Mounts Civetta, Pelmo and Sasso Bianco. A more demanding climb and one of great historical interest, is the “Via Ferrata delle Trincee”, a fascinating route that takes in the trenches and battle fields of the First World War, with many old Austrian emplacements literally clinging to the sheer rock faces. Real aficionados will not want to miss the death-defying “Ferrata della Marmolada”, their chance to throw down a challenge to the Queen of the Dolomites.


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  •  by car

From the North: from the A22 Brenner motorway take the Egna/Ora exit, then the SS48 for Moena - Canazei - Passo Fedaia - Rocca Pietore.

From the South: from Venice, take the A27 motorway until the Belluno exit, then continue on the SS203 in the Agordo direction until Alleghe, then Caprile, then continue on for Rocca Pietore - Marmolada.

  • by bus: from Belluno (57km to Rocca Pietore, 63km to Malga Ciapela) on the Dolomitibus.
  • by train: to Belluno, where you catch the Dolomitibus.
  • by air: the nearest airports are: Venice “Marco Polo” – 184km, Treviso “Antonio Canova” – 165km, Verona “Catullo” – 260km, Innsbruck 150km – Verona “Valerio Catullo”, 230km – Bolzano Dolomiti, 90km.

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