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In summer, anyone who enjoys the outdoors will discover a whole new world in the mountains, especially around the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites. The scenery is incredibly unique and there are plenty of different activities for any type of tourist, from the most adventurous and hyperactive traveller to the more leisurely wanderer who just wants to relax on vacation.
Have you ever been to Falcade and Passo San Pellegrino? Their special geographic location spans the Province of Belluno and the Val di Fassa, making these two Dolomite resorts easily accessible from either Venice or Trento. Here, you will find everything you could wish for in a relaxing vacation spent enjoying the outdoors, pursuing sports, admiring awesome views and climbing majestic peaks.
There is so much to choose from if you decide to spend a few days’ holiday in Falcade and Passo San Pellegrino; from easy walks, which are perfect for families with small children, to summit excursions on foot or by mountain bike; from theme parks revealing the secrets of the Dolomites to trails following the history of the Great War; from visits to mountain dairy farms to savouring typical fare in the local lodges. There are plenty of options!
With the summer lift openings, the sunny season in Falcade and Passo San Pellegrino becomes really intense. Following is a list of the openings in chronological order, starting from Saturday June 22, and some suggestions of things you won’t want to miss.
PASSO SAN PELLEGRINO – “COSTABELLA” CHAIRLIFT
Open from 22/06/2019 to 15/09/2019 operating hours: 8:30 – 12:50 / 14:00 – 17:30
Don’t miss… Creste di Costabella: revisiting the Great War
For history buffs and experienced hikers, two musts are the Alta Via Bruno Federspiel and the Alta Via Bepi Zac. From the mountain station of the Costabella chairlift, they follow the tracks of bloody battles that took place on these mountains between Italian and Austria-Hungarian troops during World War I. Along the way you come across many remains of military operations, including trenches, barracks, wooden ladders and suspended walkways, machine gun outposts, first aid stations and munition depots; it’s a veritable open air museum shrouded in the silence of the Dolomite peaks.
PASSO SAN PELLEGRINO – “FUNIVIA COL MARGHERITA” CABLE LIFT
Open from 29/06/2019 to 15/09/2019 operating hours: 09:00 – 12:30 / 14:00 – 17:30
Don’t miss… Col Margherita Park
Travelling up to Col Margherita (2514 m) with the namesake cable lift that starts in Passo San Pellegrino, you make it to one of the most beautiful panoramic terraces in the Alps. From there it is a short walk to Col Margherita Park, an innovative theme park built in association with MUSE (the Trento Museum of Science). The park was designed to teach scientific facts about the history and geology of these Dolomites in a fun, engaging way. There is a route made up of 3 different installations built to pique the curiosity of young and old by conjuring volcanoes, glaciers, marine seascapes, geological eras and fossil evidence.
It begins with an imaginary voyage through time, along a 30-metre long path. Each meter corresponds to about 10 million years and as you proceed along the path you can discover the different geological eras and the major cataclysmic events that led to the creation of these UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites.
The adventure continues with an exciting race against time to find fossils and evidence that identifies the 9 Dolomite groups, priceless proof of ancient life forms preserved in the terrestrial crust after their demise.
At the highest and most scenic point of the Col Margherita Park, at 2550 metres, there is an enormous, interactive wheel called “il Timone delle Dolomiti” – “the Helm of the Dolomites”, where you can play with the outlines of the Dolomite peaks that jut up all around and are visible in a single, 360° view, trying to guess the name of each crest.
FALCADE “CABINOVIA MOLINO-LE BUSE” CABIN LIFT
Open from 06/07/2019 to 01/09/2019 operating hours: 09:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 17:30
Don’t miss… Il Giardino delle Formiche and il Bosco degli Artisti – The Ant Garden and the Artists’ Forest
With the Falcade cabin lift you can travel up to the Ant Garden (Giardino delle Formiche) in Le Buse. This is an exciting trail at an altitude of almost 2000 metres, featuring pictures and informative panels describing the life of the Rufus Ant and providing a closer look into their enormous and complex anthills, which are veritable masterpieces of animal engineering. The route is very easy and suitable for everyone. It winds through the forest, providing breath-taking glimpses of the Falcade Plain and the timeless fascination of the Dolomites. It also offers the opportunity to admire different artwork by sculptors and painters from the Val Biois, inspired by the beauty and traditions of this territory.
For more information: http://www.skiareasanpellegrino.it/estate/