Val Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Livinallongo, Colle Santa Lucia, Selva di Cadore and Cortina are the locations that host the "Maratona dles Dolomites" every year, with the valuable support and grateful comprehension for the inevitable discomfort the event may cause to citizens and tourists. Valleys and resorts in the Dolomites where history and traditions combine to give life to a unique reality, the Ladin culture: an ancient people that grew in these wonderful but impervious regions, and learned how to live in close touch with the surrounding nature, while preserving their language, customs, and traditions in time. A two-thousand year long history that we may perceive in so many small things: from architecture to local art, from craft to music and, particularly, in their language that remained almost unaffected by external developments until our time, keeping its Raethian-Latin origin unchanged. Each valley uses the Ladin language with different nuances, often even changing from one village to the next.
A stay in the Dolomitic-Ladin valleys is a unique experience if you get deep into this atmosphere of a past time, into a world that is still made of simple and genuine things. To unveil those long-forgotten customs, even if for a short time, and restore feelings that no longer exist in our modern world.
Linked with each other through the Dolomitisuperskipass, the world's largest ski area, where you may ski from one valley to the next without using your own transport means, and linked together by the same, wonderful Dolomitic landscape, they create an exceptional, huge tourist feature, ready to satisfy even the most demanding requirements.
Experiencing the Dolomites in winter snow or in the untouched natural summer landscape will be a never-ending emotion.
Alta Badia is a ski resort in the upper part of the Val Badia in South Tyrol, northern Italy. It is included in the territories of the municipalities of Corvara, Badia and La Val. It is a regular stop on the World Cup Fis-Ski schedule, usually by the men in mid-December. The giant slalom course at Alta Badia is one of the most challenging on the circuit. The Ladin population is characterised by its language (Ladin) as well as by its ancient and proud culture based around agriculture and artisans. This culture has traditionally respected and conserved the natural environment, adopting among other things a specific type of architecture to create a balance and harmony between the natural landscape and civilisation. The symbiosis of man with nature is apparent even in artisan work; in the suitability of goods provided by the earth for the creation of unique products.
The Campolongo Pass (Ladin Ju de Ćiaulunch) (1875 m) is a high mountain pass in the Dolomites in Trentino in Italy. It connects Corvara in the Val Badia and Arabba. The Campolongo Pass is the first of the seven Dolomites mountain passes riders cross in the Maratona dles Dolomites and it is the only pass of the seven passes to be ascended twice.
Surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Dolomites, there is the Livinallongo valley (Fodom in ladin language), with its most important centre, Arabba (Rèba in ladin language, 1612m), overshadowed by the imposing Group of the Sella mountains. Known as the ideal place for winter skiing and trekking and cycling in summer.
Pordoi is a pass in the Dolomites in the Alps, located between the Sella group in the north and the Marmolada group in the south. The pass is at an altitude of 2,239 m (7,346 ft), and the road crossing the pass connects Arabba (Livinallongo del Col di Lana) with Canazei (Fassa Valley). It is the highest surfaced road traversing a pass in the Dolomites. A memorial to Fausto Coppi stands at the summit of the pass. Since 2006 it is also the scene of the amateur uphill time trial Arabba - Pordoipass.
Val di Fassa
When you enter the Val di Fassa from the nearby Val di Fiemme, the first municipality that you will encounter is Moena. This is followed by Soraga, Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa, Mazzin di Fassa, Campitello di Fassa and Canazei. The residents in Fassa Valley are in total 8, 621. The most populated municipality is Moena, with 2567 residents, while the smallest is Mazzin with 422 residents. In the Fassa Ladin Museum (situated in Vigo di Fassa) you can explore the different aspects of Ladin civilisation, from the pre-historic period to manufacturing activities, institutional organisations to civil and religious ceremonies, beliefs and popular traditions. The Museum also offers an overview of historic events until the period of transformation that is marked by the advent of mountaineering and tourism.
The Sella Pass (2244 m) is a high mountain pass between the provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol in Italy and it connects the Val Gardena with the Val di Fassa. The Sella Pass is one of the most famous passes in the Dolomites, from here one can enjoy a unique view, the landscape is dominated by the Sella Towers, the Mesules barrier, and from the Sassolungo group, reaching an altitude of 3.181 m. The Città dei Sassi (= Town of Stones), at the foot of the Sassolungo, is a true stone labyrinth, a place especially liked by climbers.
Val Gardena is a valley in the Dolomites of northern Italy. The three municipalities in the Val Gardena are Urtijëi, Sëlva and Santa Cristina. It is best known as a skiing, rock climbing, and woodcarving area. The woodcarving industry has flourished in Val Gardena since the 17th century. Since the 19th century, statues and altars carved in the area have been shipped to Catholic churches throughout the world. In the 19th and 20th century carving of wooden toys was widespread. Val Gardena is home to the Saslong Classic, a men's World Cup downhill and also a super G World Cup race is held every year. In 1970 the valley hosted also the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Composer and Oscar winner Giorgio Moroder, figure skater Carolina Kostner, and ski-champion Isolde Kostner belong to the personalities of the Val Gardena.
The Gardena Pass (lad. Ju de Frara) 2136m is a high mountain pass in South Tyrol in Italy. It connects Selva in Val Gardena and Colfosco-Corvara in Alta Badia. Just below the pass, penetrating a little in Val Badia, you can find the attachment point of one of the most popular climbing routes in the Dolomites: the climbing path Via Ferrata Brigata Tridentina. On the north side of the pass there is the departure of two climbing paths to the Gran Cir and Pizzes de Cir.
This Ladin mountain farming area is located in the northwestern corner of the Agordino Valley. The highest situated and only major city of Fodom is Arabba. The town Fodom, also called Pieve di Livinallongo, is primarily known for one of its most famous citizens: Caterina Lanz. The embattled woman heroically defended their village with a pitchfork against the invading French, and is therefore a very popular hero among the Ladin and Tyrolese. Her statue stands onthe square near the central church. Also worth seeing is the beautifully restored castle Andraz on the way to the Passo di Falzarego.
Colle Santa Lucia
Colle Santa Lucia is a municipality in the Province of Belluno in the Italian region Veneto, 30 km away from Cortina d'Ampezzo, and is perched on a rocky hill between the two valleys Val Fiorentina and Val Cordevole and it has a population of about 400 people. Surrounded by legendary mountains such as Civetta, Pelmo and Marmolada, the village is a perfect starting point for trekking tours in the heart of the Dolomites. Colle Santa Lucia offers also cultural attractions: many bloody battles were fought here during the First World War and Andraz Castle was bombed, hence why now you can only see its ruins. Other tourist attractions can be found in the villages, like the Church of Santa Lucia or the two rural houses Casa Piazza and Casa de Jan. There is also the Institute Cultural Ladin Cesa de Jan, an association created to preserve the Ladin traditions, from the language to the cuisine.
Selva di Cadore
Selva di Cadore is situated in Val Fiorentina, in the heart of the Veneto Dolomites of Belluno province, between Giau Pass, which connects with Cortina, and Staulanza Fork, which divides the Zoldo Valley. Selva di Cadore offers both summer and winter, the possibility of a relaxing holiday and contact with nature, but without losing the services for the summer and winter sports, among which: endless hiking and excursions, walking trips in the Alta Via and the Via Alpina, mountain biking or biking road and skiing on the Civetta slopes.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town in the southern (Dolomitic) Alps located in Veneto and it is encircled 360° by the Dolomites. Among the more famous mountains are Tofane to the west, Pomagagnon to the north, Cristallo to the northeast, Faloria and Sorapiss to the east, and Becco di Mezzodì, Croda da Lago and Cinque Torri to south. The city centre is located at an altitude of 1224m, although the highest summit is that of the Tofana di Mezzo, which towers at 3244 m. Already an elite destination for the first British tourists in the late 18th century and early twentieth, Cortina d'Ampezzo became a favourite resort for upper-class Italians as well after World War I. After the winter Olympics were held there in 1956, Cortina became a world-renowned resort, experiencing increased mass tourism. The surroundings of Cortina have been the location for a number of movies, including mountain climbing scenes for Cliffhanger, Krull and The Pink Panther. The resort was a major location for the James Bond 007 film For Your Eyes Only.
The Giau Pass (2236m) is a mountain pass connecting Cortina d’Ampezzo with Selva di Cadore. The pass is extremely scenic, since from here you have a view of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. Its hairpin turns are an attraction for cyclists, who every year come here to ride on the same routes of the Giro d’Italia and its hard ascent from Santa Lucia is legendary: about 10 km with a 9.1% incline. The mountain pass was also the setting for some of the scenes of the movie Ladyhawke, with Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Falzarego Pass (2105m) in the province of Belluno in Italy connects Andráz and Cortina d'Ampezzo. The name Falza Rego means false king in ladin and refers to a king of the Fanes, who was supposedly turned to stone for betraying his people. A cable car rises to the Lagazuoi (2762m.), which was the object of heavy combat in World War I. The tunnel that the Italians built under the Austrian lines is open to the public.
The Valparola Pass (2168 m.) lies a little west of Falzarego Pass. Before World War I, there was only a trail over the pass, but the area was heavily contended during the war. A remaining fort has been made into a museum. The pass is the divide between the watersheds of the Adige, which flows west into the Adriatic Sea and the Piave, which flows east. The Valparola Pass is the last of the seven passes of the Maratona.