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Canazei and Val di Fassa: what to see and what to do in summer and winter

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The Dolomites, surrounded by lush nature in summer and snow in winter, have always ignited the imagination of writers, painters, photographers. With their colors, scents, dizzying heights, steep and impervious paths, they are capable of leaving anyone who is in their presence breathless. Among the valleys of this alpine area, there is one that more than others offers many services to tourists, without losing its identity and remaining firmly in its Ladin traditions: the Val di Fassa. Let's find out what to see and what to do in summer and winter in Canazei and Val di Fassa



Index

  1. Val di Fassa: where is it?
  2. Things to do in the summer: attractions, activities and excursions
  3. Things to do in winter: attractions, activities and excursions
  4. Where to eat in Val di Fassa: the best restaurants
  5. What to do in the evening: nightlife areas and clubs in Canazei and surroundings
  6. Plan your stay in Val di Fassa: info and useful tips
  7. User questions and comments

Val di Fassa: where is it?

Crossed by the Avisio river and nestled between the majesty of the Sella, Catinaccio, Sassolungo and Marmolada groups, Val di Fassa is part of the autonomous province of Trento in the north-eastern Dolomites. It includes the municipalities of Moena, Soraga, San Giovanni, Mazzin, Campitello, Canazei and many smaller villages.

Things to do in the summer: attractions, activities and excursions

1 - Non-binding walk in Val San Nicolò

Non-binding walk and with little height difference. You can start at the parking lot in front of the Vidor Resort, shortly after the Aloch cable car or from the guarded parking lot about 500 meters ahead. The climb takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes through alpine huts, woods and streams until you reach a beautiful waterfall near the Ciampie refuge.



  • Ideal for: families even with small children.
  • from Canazei you can reach Pozza di Fassa in about 8 minutes by car along the SS of the South Dolomites - Get directions
  • Cost: free

2 - Via Alpina

The Via Alpina are five trails developed over 5.000 km across 8 European countries and in Val di Fassa there are 4 stages that can be followed in this project aimed at enhancing the mountain paths. Pordoi Pass - Contrin Refuge (16 km); Contrin Refuge - Fontanazzo (15 km); Fontanazzo - Antemoia Refuge (9 km); Antemoia Refuge - Bolzano Refuge (11 km).

  • Ideal for: all the paths do not present particular difficulties and do not require specific preparation, but are still recommended for those who already do trekking and not for families with small children.
  • all stages must be started from their starting points which can all be reached by cable car or by car up to the dedicated parking lots. Get directions
  • Cost: free

3 - Fly Line Catinaccio Rosengarten

The longest structure of "free fly"in Italy and second in Europe, it allows everyone to experience the adrenal sensation of flight by covering a difference in height of 190 meters in the woods of the Catinaccio for 1100 meters. Among the silence of the woods, admiring wonderful views and controlling speed with a special system braking and in total safety.


  • Ideal for: every age
  • cable car from Vigo di Fassa and departure from the Pian Pecei chairlift, 200 m from the arrival. Get directions
  • Cost: 1 descent € 10,00; 5 descents € 40,00; 10 descents € 70,00; 1 descent + ascent by chairlift € 13,00; 5 descents + chairlift ride € 55,00; 10 descents + chairlift ride € 100,00. There are reductions for under 14 (starting from € 8,00 for single descent).

4 - Pozza - Molina di Fiemme cycle path

All bicycle lovers in Val di Fassa can find dozens of routes to do in Mountainbike or touring bike, with various levels of difficulty due to the type, travel times and height differences. The path under the woods from Pozza to Molina is a cycle path of about 30 km with the possibility of returning with buses equipped with bike racks in case you are too tired to return. Not particularly difficult and very relaxing. In summer there are many events for lovers of this activity: the Marcialonga Cycling Craft, the Sella Ronda Bike a Day; the Marathon of the Dolomites and the Tour of the Dolomites. There are many bicycle rentals located throughout the valley.


  • Ideal for: suitable for everyone
  • the start of the track is in the locality of Pozza di Fassa, from Canazei it can be reached in about 8 minutes by car along the SSdelle Dolomiti sud, but you can start the route from any point you want. Get directions
  • Cost: free

5 - Hang gliding and paragliding

Many lovers of these activities find themselves in the summer between the slopes of Col Rodella and Belvedere, the launching points of these mountains. For years now, free flight has thousands of practitioners and here, even for beginners, it is possible to approach this discipline in total safety, accompanied in tandem by qualified instructors.


  • Ideal for: adults who love extreme sports.
  • Sport Check Canazei, Streda Dolomites 147 Canazei (Get directions)
  • Cost: for info and rates it is advisable to visit the official website www.fassasport.com

Things to do in winter: attractions, activities and excursions

1 - Alpine Skiing

It is trivial to propose skiing as a winter activity in the mountains, but not trivial to come to this valley to enjoy the largest ski area in Europe. Thanks to the numerous connections of lifts and buses, choosing Val di Fassa to practice this discipline means being able to do it every day kilometers of slopes several until evening. Canazei has its own ski lift up to Belvedere and from here you can also leave for the famous Sella Ronda or Tour of the Four Passes. The slopes are of various difficulty and suitable for any level of preparation while the Canazei-Marmolada ski school offers dozens of multilingual instructors. On the slopes there are many shelters where you can stop for a gourmet break or relax in the sun. Very beautiful and special is the party that every year marks the end of the ski season: Destroy the Winter. Organized with the patronage of the tourism board and with the collaboration of the businesses of the valley, this festival takes place in the Ciampac ski area in Alba di Canazei and includes food stands, a stage where local bands follow one another to have the right background of rock music at full volume and a series of crazy on skis. A 23 meter pool is positioned at the end of a steep descent to be done by any means and disguised in the strangest ways, looking for unlikely evolutions before falling into the water. Everyone can participate in all the games offered, just sign up.


  • Ideal for: every age
  • the slopes are all connected and Canazei has its own ski lift in Streda Dolomites 57 (opposite guarded parking and ski school - Get directions), reachable by car or shuttle bus. Alba di Canazei has its own ski lift in via De Contrin 7 (in front of the guarded car park - Get directions), reachable by car or by shuttle bus in 4 minutes from Canazei.
  • Cost: the prices of the skipasses vary according to the type of choice and it is advisable to inquire on the official website

2 - Dolaondes Aquatic Center

Beautiful sports center recently renovated, it is open all year round but particularly recommended in winter as an after ski activity. The center consists of a modern SPA with sauna, turkish bath and massages, an aquatic park with a children's area and a very suggestive heated salt water outdoor pool. Inside there is also a bar, a relaxation area, showers, personal cabins and lockers.

  • Ideal for: every age. Access to the SPA is allowed only to adults.
  • Strèda del Piz 7, Canazei. Get directions
  • Cost: adults € 14,00 - under € 187,00 - under 4 free - family admission € 35,00. The maximum stay is 3 hours and all SPA treatments have a dedicated price list that can be consulted at the entrance.

3 - Snowshoes and cross-country skiing

Those who do not practice alpine skiing can try it cross-country skiing or enjoy a rejuvenating snowshoeing on fresh snow. There are many paths to practice these two disciplines and many excursions organized by the ski schools. Cross-country skiing is practicable alone while for snowshoeing excursions the presence of a mountain guide is mandatory.

  • Ideal for: boys, couples
  • the reference point for info and costs is the Canazei-Marmolada ski school, in Streda del Piz 12 in Canazei. Get directions
  • Cost: cross-country skiing is practicable for free at the bottom of the valley, for snowshoeing excursions we recommend visiting the website www.scuolascicanazei.com

4 - Ice Stadium

Beautiful and very large, this ice palace offers the possibility of skate every day except Monday. Inside you can also rent skates and take private lessons. In winter, during the championship, it is a must to cheer on the local hockey team i Fassa Falcons, who plays in the Central European League. Admission is free.

  • Ideal for: suitable for everyone
  • in Alba di Canazei, reachable in 3 minutes by car from Canazei on the SS Dolomiti nord. Get directions
  • Cost: Adult admission costs € 9,00 (€ 7,00 with own skates), under € 12 costs € 7,00 (€ 5,00 with own skates)

5 - Terme Dolomia

In addition to the conventional medical treatment, the Dolomia spas offer wellness programs, beauty treatments, relaxation programs and day spas. A great way to regenerate after a day of skiing or simply to relax.

  • Ideal for: adults, couples
  • in Strada di Bagnes 25, in Pozza di Fassa. You arrive in 10 minutes from Canazei along the SS Dolomiti in a southerly direction. Get directions
  • Cost: for prices it is advisable to visit the website www.termedolomia.it

Where to eat in Val di Fassa: the best restaurants

  1. Pippotto: a real city institution, this street pub offers fantastic sandwiches prepared with local raw materials, side dishes, fried food, a good selection of beers and sympathy. All to take away and at more than fair prices. Recommended.
    Average price per person: € 10,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Marconi, Canazei Get directions tel: (0039) 3492112822
  2. Old Mill: excellent restaurant offering local cuisine in a typical and friendly environment. Excellent meats and homemade first courses. Reservations are recommended at least the day before.
    Average price per person: € 40,00
    Address and contacts: Strada Sas da le Undesc 8, Pozza di Fassa Get directions tel: (0039) 0462760477
  3. Panna mountain hut: mountain stube and elegant setting for a refined and zero km gourmet proposal. Great selection of local and international wines.
    Average price per person: € 50,00
    Address and contacts: Str. De Sort 64, Moena Get directions tel: (0039) 0462573489
  4. The Montanara: historic pub restaurant in Canazei, offers excellent dishes in a young atmosphere and a lot of confusion. Fun atmosphere and very nice staff, but be prepared for long waits because they don't take reservations. Try their carne salada.
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via Dolomites 147, Get directions tel: (0039) 0462601593
  5. Maria Refuge: famous for its meat with beans, it offers classic dishes such as polenta, sausages and homemade first courses. Stunning view from almost 3000 m high.
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: Passo Pordoi, Get directions tel: (0039) 0462601278

What to do in the evening: nightlife areas and clubs in Canazei and surroundings

Winter or summer makes no difference because here the nightlife is buzzing in every season. In the villages of the valley it is possible to stay up late in pubs, discos, wine bars and clubs of all kinds accompanied by music, beer and the fantastic South Tyrolean wines. During the winter season, the experience of a high altitude dinner is not to be missed, just go to one of the many huts open in the evening which often offer the service of ascent by snowmobile or snowcat and sometimes descent by sled. The list of places can be found on the official website of the Val di Fassa www.fassa.com, as well as the many events that take place on the bill during the busiest periods.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Cliff Apres Ski: a place halfway between an apres ski and a club, it offers excellent music, a beautiful dance troupe, friendly staff and professional barmen. Closes at 24:00 Address: via di Parèda 22, Canazei Get directions - Facebook page
  • Hexen Klub: disco club offering commercial and house music. Opens at 22:30 pm. Address: Strada Dolomites 5, Canazei Get directions - Facebook page
  • Kokobi: cocktails and wine pubs for those who want to be late but without too much confusion. The alcoholic proposal is excellent in an elegant and well-kept environment. Address: Streda de Dolomites 105, Pozza di Fassa Get directions - Facebook page

Plan your stay in Val di Fassa: info and useful tips

  • the closest airport to the valley is Valerio Catullo in Verona which is 195 km from Canazei (2 hours and 30 minutes) and from where a taxi transfer service or car rental is available. Available in winter the Fly Ski Shuttle service that connects the airport to the valley on Saturdays and Sundays with stops in front of the main hotels and with a cost of € 55,00 in return for adults, 50% discount for children between 8 and 12 years and free for under 8. If you decide to arrive by train, the reference stop is Egna-Ora which from Bologna is about 4 hours at a regional cost of € 19,75; from Milan it takes 4 hours and 40 minutes at a cost of € 21,90 in regional; from Rome you have to take a fast train to Bologna and then the regional one for a journey of about 6 hours at a minimum cost of € 67,25. The city of Trento is well connected both by bus and by train. The buses of the Trentinotrasporti company leave from the square in front of the station and arrive in the valley in about 1 hour and 30 minutes at a cost of € 4,40. The railway station is connected with the Fly Ski Shuttle service at a cost of € 25,00 in a single return fare. However, the best way to arrive is by car: from Rome it is 622 km following the A1 and A22, from Milan it is 320 km following the A4 and A22, from Bologna it is 325 km on the A22. For all those who arrive by car, the motorway exit is Egna-Ora and then continue on the SSDolomiti.
  • Getting around: the best way to get around the valley is definitely the car, but there is a bus service that connects all the villages in the valley at a basic cost of € 1,10 per way while the winter ski buses start from a daily rate of € 2,00, 12 and where children under travel for free. For winter and summer timetables it is advisable to visit the website www.trentinotrasporti.it. Tickets can be purchased at all newsstands and tobacconists.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Lake Carezza (24 km - 35 minutes) - Lake Fedaia (15 km - 30 minutes) - Cortina (60 km - 95 minutes) - Val Gardena (27 km - 50 minutes) - Bolzano (50 km - 75 minutes) - Innsbruck (140 km - 130 minutes)
  • What to eat and what to buy: the territory offers extraordinary raw materials wisely transformed into typical specialties that can be purchased both directly from producers and in small town shops. These include Il Puzzone di Moena and Campitello, two extremely characteristic cow's milk DOP cheeses with a strong and decisive flavor. Speck Alto Adige PGI is a slightly smoked raw ham aged for 22 weeks. Alto Adige DOC wines such as Lagrein, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Noirs, Nosiola, Muller Thurgau.
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