“La Rocia”, as the Ladins call it, is an enchanting municipality, nestled in the Val Pettorina between Canazei, Colle di Santa Lucia and Falcade. The advice is to enter from Trentino, passing through the Fedaia Pass, where there is an artificial lake of the same name in which the queen of the Dolomites is reflected: the Marmolada, the largest glacier in the Dolomites.
At Malga Ciapela you can take the cableway to the 3,269 metres of Punta Rocca, the highest point on the Marmolada. Don’t miss a trip to the roof of the Dolomites, from where you can admire the spectacle of the Dolomite peaks and why not? Throw yourself down on skis towards the Fedaia.
If you are the quiet type, don’t miss the Great War Museum, at the second station of the “Punta Serauta” cable car: an intense itinerary that shows how the area, and above all the Marmolada glacier, was an important theatre of war in those years. Many finds have been unearthed, as well as the incredible underground city that the soldiers dug out of the ice to defend themselves from enemy attacks.
Sottoguda has recently become one of the “Most beautiful villages in Italy” and is a little gem just after Malga Ciapela. Sottoguda is an ancient village whose written records date back to 1260. It is characterised by the numerous tabièi, wooden barns widespread in the Dolomite area of Ladin culture, used by farmers to store hay and shelter livestock and agricultural tools.
What you cannot miss, however, is a trip to the Serrai di Sottoguda, a route through the gorge carved out by the Pettorina stream, about two kilometres long, now a Park of regional interest, which reaches the Malga Ciapela basin at the foot of the Marmolada.