VAL DI FASSA

The Ladin land in Trentino is identified with the Val de Fascia, one of the most popular valleys in summer and winter, thanks to its central position, surrounded by the Pale Mountains, the most important massifs of the Dolomites: Marmolada, Gruppo del Sella, Gruppo del Sassolungo and Catinaccio.

Countless ski slopes, but also some of the most suggestive excursions, the Val di Fassa is really suitable for everyone: families, friends, singles. Sporting events such as the Dolomites Skyrace and the Sellaronda Skimarathon attract many lovers of outdoor activities.

How can we not mention the Rosengarten, kingdom of King Laurin, which holds a legend that still makes everyone dream. Here you can regenerate yourself with unforgettable hikes and superb via ferrata routes.

Remember to satisfy even the tastiest side of your holiday: here you can taste many typical products, maybe in some mountain hut ….

…with Passione Dolomiti, the Val di Fassa will have no more secrets!

TOP 5 NOT TO BE MISSED

  • Hiking on the Rosengarten
  • Visiting the “Fata delle Dolomiti”
  • Hiking on Sass Pordoi
  • Walking in San Nicolò with the family
  • Celebrating the Gran Festa d’Istà
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MAIN VILLAGES

CIANACÉI / CANAZEI

Among the best known, Canazei is the town where Ladinism can be found in every corner: the architecture of the numerous hotels, the houses, the Ciasa Comun, the barns (called Tabià). It is not by chance that every first week of September the Gran Festa d’Istà is celebrated, the festival where all the Ladin valleys come together to parade with their typical costumes, dressed in embroideries that denote the origin of a certain area of the Ladin. Another very popular event, if you like the genre, is Te anter i Tobiè, the second weekend of July, an event during which the typical barns of Fassano are opened to the public with a representation of the ancient crafts of the area.

Take a walk in the center and remember that at every stroke of the hour the clock in the square has its own musical motif with sculptures that come out of the house dancing.

Canazei is not only this, but it is also the starting point of two international sporting events: the Dolomites Skyrace, i.e. the mountain running race in mid-July and the Sellaronda Skimarathon, the night ski mountaineering race in the Dolomites.

From Canazei starts the Belvedere lift, connected to the Sellaronda, the ski tour at the foot of the Sella group.

The hamlets of Canazei are Alba, Penia and Gries, also tourist destinations, equipped with lifts for your excursions or your adventures on skis.

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CIAMPEDÉL / CAMPITELLO

The little jewel of the Val di Fassa that you can find from Canazei to the south, is also a lively tourist center. It is known for its cable car that leads to the CoI Rodella, a picturesque and scenic area that lies between the Sella and Sassolungo groups. If you want to try, this is the ideal area to try your hand at paragliding or hang-gliding: thanks to the upward currents suitable for this type of activity, on the most beautiful days if you look up from Campitello you will see a beautiful carousel of colors dancing in the sky.

Campitello is located at the entrance to the Val Duron, a small secondary valley that we recommend to immerse yourself in nature and discover the ancient routes that connected the Alpe di Siusi with the Val di Fassa. The Duron Valley is also ideal for those who move with pushchairs, but also for those looking for excursions at different levels of difficulty.

We also recommend the well-equipped sports center Ischia, a few steps from the Col Rodella, where you can find the right environment for climbing and golfing.

Finally, the hamlet of Pian will surprise you with its authentic Ladin-style village: if you want to immerse yourself in the world of traditions of this valley, you can’t miss it!

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SÈN JAN / SAN GIOVANNI (VIGO-POZZA-PERA)

If the name San Giovanni won’t tell you anything, we can understand it: since January 1st 2018 the municipalities of Pozza, Pera and Vigo di Fassa have been united under the name of Sèn Jan, Ladin name of San Giovanni.

Pera di Fassa

Rolling southwards, the first village is Pera: at the entrance of the village welcomes the historic hotel building Hotel Rizzi, which in the past has hosted great international personalities. The building is under the protection of the fine arts: an excellent example of “Fassana” architecture. Pera is also the birthplace of one of the greatest mountaineers of all time, Tita Piaz, known as “the devil of the Dolomites” for his almost daring exploits, such as the conquest of the Towers of Vajolet.

Pozza di Fassa

Always in order, Pozza arrives. The association of ideas is easy with water and in fact it is not by chance that here there is a thermal spring of sulphurous water that makes this place suitable for those who need treatment. There are three structures that can regenerate your mind and body: a relaxing afternoon is always a good idea!

From Pozza you can reach the Buffaure ski area, with medium difficulty slopes, which offers breathtaking views of the opposite Catinaccio.

For your excursions (also with stroller) we recommend the Val San Nicolò, a valley suitable for everyone. This small secondary valley, known for its climbing walls, is also famous for its characteristic mountain huts. What are you doing, don’t you think you can have a proper lunch?

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Vigo di Fassa

The third municipality of the union of San Giovanni is Vigo di Fassa, situated on a hill in the shade of the Catinaccio. The village is located on the road to the Costalunga Pass, which takes you back to South Tyrol via Carezza.

Vigo is home to the Museo Ladin de Fascia and the Institut Cultural Ladin, which present the most profound aspects of Ladin culture.

From Vigo, with a modern cable car directly from the centre of the village, you can reach the Catinaccio al Ciampedie (literally “Campo di Dio”), a plateau at 2,000 metres from which you can make numerous and unforgettable excursions or climbs in summer and enjoy skiing in winter. We point out that on Ciampedie there is a fun Baby Park: inflatables, rides, swings and slides in the kingdom of King Laurin.

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MOENA

The “Fata delle Dolomiti” is the southernmost village of the Val di Fassa: after Moena begins the Val di Fiemme. It is crowned by the Catinaccio, the Monzoni and the Latemar Group.

This is undoubtedly a very glamorous village, and what we recommend is to experience the centre to the full: restaurants, fine cafés, shops and boutiques. Two very characteristic and ancient churches, that of San Vigilio and San Volfango, can intersperse your route. In winter Moena dresses up with lights and beautiful sculptures and ice fountains are made for the village.

Very focused to the theme of catering, Moena is the venue for several important food and wine events: “A tavola con la Fata delle Dolomiti” in winter and “Sapori d’autunno” in September. It is no coincidence, in fact, in Moena you can buy the typical cheese of the locality, the DOP “Puzzone di Moena”. But don’t let the name influence you, the taste is that of those who will upset your taste buds!

Of course, the sporting vocation of the area is not underestimated here either. Events such as the Marcialonga (every year in January) for cross-country skiing and the Val di Fassa Marathon for mountain biking make this resort really competitive from a tourist point of view.

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CURIOSITIES

 

We want to tell you about the phenomenon of the Enrosadira in the chapter of the Val di Fassa, precisely because as you have learned, from Vigo you can access the Rosengarten (Catinaccio), which in Italian translates as “rose garden”.

The rose garden is linked to the legend of King Laurin, who during a battle tried to hide himself in his beloved garden, which, however, kept his invisible mantle, revealing his presence. So King Laurin launched a curse: from that moment on, no one could ever again admire his rose garden, either by day or by night. In this curse, however, he forgot about the sunrise and sunset: it is precisely in these moments that the sunlight illuminates the Rosengarten, which is tinged with a pinkish color, increasingly intense, until it disappears with the darkness or the high sun. This romantic phenomenon is known as Enrosadira.

And we obviously recommend you to admire it in the company of those you love!

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WINTER ACTIVITIES

Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, skating, … do you have any other requests? Because in any case in Val di Fassa you’ll find something for your teeth!

If you are a fan of cross-country skiing, we recommend the Marcialonga, an important event that takes place every last weekend in January. If, on the other hand, you just want to approach this wonderful sport, we recommend the Centro di Fondo Alochet, towards the San Pellegrino Pass, which can be reached from Moena by bus.

For downhill skiing and snowboarding you just have to choose the area: every resort in the Val di Fassa has modern facilities with perfectly groomed slopes.

If you love to hear the sound of your footsteps in the snow you can choose Val Contrin, Val San Nicolò and Val Duron for winter hiking and long snowshoeing.

And don’t forget to rest then! The spas of Pozza will revive you!

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Are you ready to dive into a sea of adventures? Of course, it’s a bit of a kind of talk about the sea in the mountains, but we want to give you a good idea of the range of activities that Val di Fassa can offer you.

If you’ve been approaching the mountains for a short time, we recommend a long route, but not a too demanding one. In this case, Val Duron, Val Contrin and San Nicolò are perfect. You won’t mind the Ciampedie, which can be reached by cable car from the centre of Vigo di Fassa.

For those who are already trained on the Catinaccio, you can try your hand at via ferrata or trekking with interesting altitude differences.

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EXCURSIONISTIC AND SCIISTIC AREAS

If there is one thing you may have learned from reading the pages of Passione Dolomiti, it is that in every area of our beloved mountains, there are ski and hiking areas that are really suitable for everyone. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, sportsmen, beginners, experts… and in Val di Fassa it will be no different, but rather the dense network of paths allows you to explore every corner of this valley. It’s up to you to choose where!

Here are the areas where you can find an outlet for your adventurous spirit or even just to find a little peace surrounded by nature.

SELLARONDA

The Sellaronda also passes through the Val di Fassa! Don’t miss the opportunity to have fun going around the Sella Group with your skis on. You can choose the direction (clockwise/counterclockwise) and access from Val di Fassa can be from Campitello (Col Rodella) or Canazei (Belvedere). To enjoy the Sellaronda the ski pass to buy is necessarily the Dolomiti SuperSki.

In summer the Sellaronda area becomes a paradise for lovers of trekking. What we suggest you to do is the tour of the Sassopiatto and Sassolungo, a easy excursion that will take you to the well-known and popular refuges.

From Passo Sella you can explore one of the most classic equipped paths in the Dolomites: the Meisules or Pöβnecker is an exposed via ferrata that takes you to the Piz Sella at 2941 meters. Have fun!

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ROSENGARTEN / CATINACCIO

From Vigo di Fassa you can reach the Catinaccio by going up the path (in summer), otherwise by cable car from the center of the village.

In winter it is a paradise for skiers of all levels: if you are a true expert, we recommend the “Alberto Tomba” slope.

If skiing is not your passion, we would like to invite you to take a walk with snowshoes: Ciampedie is the ideal place, from which very easy but also exciting tracks start.

In summer, for your excursions, we recommend that you take the cable car to Ciampedie and reach the Vajolet Refuge: stay overnight and enjoy the excellent cuisine of this jewel set between the Catinaccio d’Antermoia and the Torri del Vajolet!

We recommend you to make a stop at the Lake Antermoia, which is very easy to reach from the Vajolet refuge or from the Passo Principe refuge. You will be amazed by the color of this small lake.

If you are a daredevil type, the via ferrata on the Catinaccio d’Antermoia will not disappoint you: the final ridge is a thrill!

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BELVEDERE-COL RODELLA-PASSO PORDOI

The Belvedere-Col Rodella-Passo Pordoi area is part of the Sellaronda ski tour in winter, but also of the Panorama Ski Tour, a ski tour that allows you to touch all the localities of the Val di Fassa. 24 ultra-modern lifts and more than 30 kilometres of slopes ensure that even the most demanding skier will have fun.

In summer the Col Rodella becomes the starting point for many excursions, but especially for … launches with paragliding or hang-gliding! Thanks to the rising currents that are created in this area, the Col Rodella is tinged with a thousand colors that dance in the air!

Absolutely a must is the “lunar” trekking on Sass Pordoi, accessible from the homonymous fork from the pass, or with a comfortable and modern cable car always from the pass. Our tip: from the mountain station to the suggestive refuge Capanna Fassa, from where you can admire the crown of mountains that surround you!

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BUFFAURE-CIAMPAC

The Buffaure ski area is accessible from Pozza di Fassa, connected to the Ciampac plateau with Alba di Canazei. 13 ski-lifts, ski-lifts and chair-lifts for 20 slopes, 13 of which are of medium difficulty (red). Try the black “Vulcano” with an altitude difference of 500 meters!

From 2018 a new and modern cable car connects Alba di Canazei with the Pordoi Pass, so you can reconnect to the Sellaronda and the fun is guaranteed!

For freestylers we recommend the Buffaure Snowpark.

In summer, both the Buffaure and Ciampac are ideal destinations for family hikes. Theme trails, playgrounds and alpine pastures where you can learn about Trentino’s traditions.

A very popular excursion is the one from Alba di Canazei to Ciampac and down to Malga Contrin. To try!

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MOENA-ALPE LUSIA

From Moena in the Ronchi locality there is a comfortable cable car that connects the Fata delle Dolomiti with the Alpe Lusia-San Pellegrino ski area. The side of Moena is characterized by red and black slopes, while on Alpe Lusia you will find the ideal place to take your first steps in the world of skiing.

There are 8 lifts, for a total of 22 slopes, 11 of which are blue. A true paradise for beginners!

There is also a baby park to make your children’s days even more fun!

Even for those who do not like to ski, this area is also recommended just to admire the vast and romantic landscape. And of course enjoy the Enrosadira.

During the summer season, Moena is suitable as a departure point for various types of trekking. One of them is the Fuciade refuge, passing through the San Pellegrino Pass. Easy, quick and suitable even with a trekking stroller!

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ADVICE

The Catinaccio is the ideal place to let off steam your passion for hiking, in summer it is one of the best starting points for wonderful trekking!

For those who “trekking is my job”: the Dolomiti Panorama Trek is a 200 km long circular excursion (about 60 hours of walking for a total height difference of 16,000 m) to be done in 20 stages: it connects the Val di Fassa with the Val di Fiemme and Primiero.

NATURAL PARKS

Naturpark Schlern-Rosengarten/Natural Park Sciliar-Catinaccio

In 2003, the Rosengarten Nature Park was added to the Sciliar Nature Park, one of the first to be established.

In the park you will find Cima Catinaccio and the majestic Torri del Vajolet. The Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3002 m) is also part of this group. It can be reached via the via ferrata of the same name, which at the end has a pure adrenaline crest!

The total extension of this paradise reaches 7,291 hectares and has a very varied fauna: it will be fun to look for squirrels, hawks, marmots. Typical of this area is also the spruce and the Scots pine.

There are two information points for guided tours: in Bagni di Lavina Bianca (Weisslahnbad) at the old sawmill “Steger Säge” you will find the visitors’ centre, while at the pond of Fiè allo Sciliar you will find the information point.