PASSO GIAU | DOLOMITES
Passo Giau (Passo di Giau) sits at 2,236 meters a.s.l. in the Italian Dolomites. The Passo Giau land area is located in the Belluno Province, of Veneto Region and one of the great destinations for cyclist and hikers. Passo Giau separates the peaks of the Nuvolau and Averau, which are part of the Pelmo Mountain Group. The pass sits above the town of Cortina to the north and the town of Selva di Cadore to the south west. This is one of the Italian Dolomites most panoramic locations, from the pass you have a wonderful 360 degree view of the: Marmolada Mountain Group, Tofane Mountain Group, Cristallo Mountain Group, Sorapiss Mountain Group, and many others (there is a nice poster board sign in the parking lot that will help you identify the mountains).
The Pass Giau once marked the boundary between the Republic of Venice and the Austrian Empire, the old border marker is still on at the pass. On a pop culture note; some the scenes from the movie 'Ladyhawk' were filmed in the pass.
HOW TO GET TO PASSO GIAU IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
Provincial Road 638 passes over Passo Giau and is serviced by Bus from Cortina d'Ampezzo and Selva di Cadore. The Alta Vie 1 hiking trail passes through Passo Giau.
WHERE TO STAY TO EXPLORE PASSO GIAU
For Bike Touring Passo Giau I like the town of Alleghe since it gives you more flexibility to do more rides during your stay. Cortina is a good choice if you plan on riding Tre Cime di Laverado and the classic Passo Giau loop but then you would need to re-ride the same routes to get to other classic climbs. Alleghe on the other hand is in the perfect position to ride the Passo Giau, Passo Duran, Passo Staulanza, 4 passes or Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, and Passo Campolungo, plus Passo Fedaia, and Passo S. Pellegrino can easily be reached from Alleghe.
For Hiking, Mountain Biking, or Climbing I would suggest staying in the hotel (rifugio) at the pass.