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Where is the Nuvolau Mountain Group in the Dolomites

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The Nuvolau Group is a mountain group of the Dolomites, located in the community of Cortina d'Ampezzo and partly in the community of San Vito di Cadore, between the Falzarego pass to the north-west and the Giau pass to the south-east, straddling the Val Cordevole and Val Boite. Among the least extensive of the Dolomite groups, it is characterized by jagged tower rock formations rich in peaks, among which is the well know Cinque Torri di Averau (also called Nuvolau Alto) at 2,647 m a.s.l.

TOWNS OF THE NUVOLAU GROUP Cortina Covara Alleghe

Main Peaks of the Nuvolau Group

Averau - 2.647 m Nuvolau - 2.575 m Gusela del Nuvolau - 2.595 m Coston d'Averau - 2.518 m Sass de Stria - 2.477 m Cinque Torri 2.361 m

Mountain Huts in the Nuvolau Group

Rifugio Nuvolau, 2.575 m (cima del Nuvolau) Rifugio Averau, 2.413 m (Forcella Nuvolau) Rifugio Cinque Torri 2.137 m (sotto le Cinque Torri) Rifugio Scoiattoli, 2.255 m (Monte de Potòr)

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Dolomite Mountains of Italy

Italiaoutdoors guide to the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites (Italian: Dolomiti) are a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy. It considered to be a part of Southern Limestone Alps and extends from the Adige River in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The area most people hear about and that is presented as the Italian Dolomites are located between; the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Val Sugana). The Italian Dolomites are located in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region, and the Trentino-Alto Adige Region's, Trento Province (Trentino) and Bolzano Province (Alto Adige or Sud Tyrol). There are also mountain groups of similar geological structure that sit outside of this area that are considered Part of the Italian Dolomites. To the east of the Piave River, into the Friuli Venezia Region, are the Friuli Dolomites or Dolomiti d'Oltrepiave. On the Western side of the Adige River, still in the Trento Province, is The Brenta Dolomites (Dolomiti di Brenta). Also, there is a smaller group called Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites) located in the Vicenza Province. The Italian Dolomites are also called the “Monti Pallidi” in Italian, 'Pale Mountains', as their white rocks glow with golden, pink and purple hues at dawn and dusk. The mountains get their modern name from, Déodat de Dolomieu, a French naturalist who first studied and discovered the particular composition that forms their bedrock (double calcium carbonate), unique in the whole Alpine range.

Getting to the Dolomites

Mountain Groups of the Dolomites

What to do in the Dolomites

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PASSO PORDOI | DOLOMITES

Passo Pordoi Dolomites of Italy

Passo Pordoi sits at 2,239 meters a.s.l., and the road crossing the pass connects Arabba (Livinallongo del Col di Lana) with Canazei (Val di Fassa).  Pordoi sits between Sass Pordoi (Sella Mountain Group) and the northern peaks of the Marmolada Mountain Group, and marks the border between the Trento Province (Trentino Alto Adige Region) and Belluno Province (Veneto Region). Passo Pordoi is the highest paved road traversing a pass in the Italian Dolomites.


Riding from Canazei the pass is 12 km away, and features 28 hairpin turns as you work your way to the summit. Passo Pordoi is one of the 4 passes of the Dolomites Road, built in the early 1900's to link the town of Bolzano with Cortina d'Ampezzo, and encourage the development of tourism in the Ladin valleys. 

Passo Pordoi has played a role in Italian history, battles of the First World War were fought in the pass. Tourism was developed on the pass thanks to Maria Piaz, sister of the famous alpinist Tita Piaz.

Passo Pordoi Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO PORDOI IN THE DOLOMITES OF ITALY

There are no trains that reach Passo Pordoi, the closest stations are Ora or Bolzano in the Trentino Alto Adige Region and Belluno in the Veneto Region.  From these towns you can get a Dolomite Bus, from the western side Canazei is the closest town and from the southeastern Arabba is the closest.

WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING PASSO PORDOI

For cyclist the best areas to stay would be

Alleghe
Arabba
Canazei
Corvara

For Hikers and Climbers I recommend one of the Refugio in the Pass.

OUTDOOR RECREATION REPORTS AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR PASSO PORDOI

Bike Touring Passo Pordoi in the Italian Dolomites

Dolomites,, Passo Pordoi,

PASSO SELLA | DOLOMITES

passo sella in the italian dolomites

Passo Sella, sits at an elevation of 2240 meters a.s.l. and is a high mountain pass between the Trento Province and Bolzano Province in the Italian Dolomites of Italy. Located in a grassy saddle that separates the Sassolungo Mountain Group from the Sella Mountain Group, Passo Sella connects Valle di Fassa with Val Gardena in the Trentino Alto Adige Region.

Passo Sella is one of the most famous passes in the Italian Dolomites and is is overlooked by Torri del Sella and by the Mesules barrier of the Sella Mountain Group. Plus you have the unforgettable view over the Sassolungo mountain group, at an altitude of 3,179 metres a.s.l.

Along with Passo Pordoi, Passo Gardena, and Passo Campolongo, Passo Sella forms a quadrangle around the Sella Mountain Group. In the summer the 4 passes are on many cyclist bucket list and during the winter, ski trails are prepared that make the entire round in both directions, known as the Sella Ronda.

Passo Sella also is the start point to reach many of the classic alpine climbs and vie ferrate of the Italian Dolomites.  Beside the Sella rifugio is the Citta del Sassi (City of Rocks) bouldering area.

Passo Sella Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO SELLA IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

The nearest you can get to Passo Sella by train is Bolzano.  From Bolzano you can get a regional bus to Selva Val Gardena or Canazei in the Fassa Valley.  

You can get to the pass by riding from Passo Pordoi or Passo Gardena.  The ride up from the Gardena valley is not the best approach since it is generally busy with traffic.

WHERE TO STAY WHEN YOU ARE VISITING THE SELLA PASS IN THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAINS

Most cyclist base themselves:

Canazei
Alleghe
Arabba
Corvara

Climbers and hikers will find good lodging at the rifugio's in the Pass.

OUTDOOR RECREATION TRIP REPORTS AND TRAVEL PLANNING TIPS FOR PASSO SELLA

Bike Touring Passo Sella in the Italian Dolomites

Guide to the Passo Sella Bouldering Site, Trentino Italy

PASSO DURAN | Italian DOLOMITES

Passo Duran Dolomites

Passo Duran sits at 2546 meters a.s.l. and separates the Civetta Mountain Group and the Schiara Mountain Group of the Italian Dolomites.  Passo Duran is located in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region and connects Agordo with the Zoldo Valley. Arriving at the pass from the western side, the town of Agordo, you see one of the classic views of the Bellunese Dolomites. 

Passo Duran is one of the classic bike tours in Italy and should be on your list of places to ride.  The pass is also is a start point or transition point to many of the great hikes in the Dolomites.  Not having bus service means that the pass is quiet and off the beaten path of large groups of tourist.  The Moiazza mountain sits to the north of the pass and there are several great vie Ferrate and Alpine climbs to explore.

 Passo Duran Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO DURAN, IN THE DOLOMITES OF ITALY

Passo Duran can be reached by car, bike, or foot.  There is no public transportation up to the pass the closest you can get is either by bus to Agordo, or by bus to Forno di Zoldo.  The closest you can reach Passo Duran by train is Belluno or Longarone. 

The best way to ride Passo Duran is to base yourself in Agordo, Arabba, Cortina, or Belluno and make a loop ride.  A great day of riding if you are unsupported is to ride over and back from Agordo.   Typically you want to ride down the valley of Agordo due to traffic and the amount of tunnels, passes nearby that you can ride over are Passo Ceredo, Passo Staulanza and Passo Giau.

PLACES TO STAY when visiting PASSO DURAN

Places to stay if you are bike touring or driving.

Agordo
Alleghe
Capria

Places to stay if you are hiking.

Agordo
Zoldo di Forno
One of the Refuigio's in the pass

OUTDOOR RECREATION ACTIVITES AT PASSO DURAN

Bike Touring Passo Duran in the Italian Dolomites