Sunset on the Giau Pass

One of the most beautiful Passes in the Dolomites.
An iconic location in the Giro d’Italia cycling race, the Giau Pass was once on the frontier between the Most Serene Republic of Venice and the Habsburg Empire. It is in the municipalities of San Vito di Cadore and Colle Santa Lucia. Here you can visit a number of mountain lodges, huts and restaurants, from which you can admire the amazing sunsets. 

Danta di Cadore

At an altitude of 1,400 metres, Danta di Cadore is in a sunny position and has an almost completely unspoilt natural environment, with vast areas cloaked in thick conifer forests, mostly silver fir and larch.
It offers particularly interesting environmental characteristics, with a high degree of biodiversity in the area, and panoramic viewpoints of exceptional beauty. The array of mountains surrounding it without blocking the views give it a regal touch, offering close-up prospects of its peaks.
The town is entirely surrounded by forests interspersed with vivid green pastures, which from May are strewn with flowers that gradually change the overall colours.
Two recently-studied peat bogs comprise a valuable underground repertoire of information on the history of the world, while on the surface they have a rich variety of vegetation with rare flora and small carnivorous flowers. The area includes nearly all protected Alpine species, and a remarkable number of wild orchids.
Danta di Cadore gives visitors the chance to see an ancient, austere settlement, whose minimal decorations comprise flowers on the balconies, though with no intention of changing the spirit of the hamlet, hallmarked by silent peace and minimal traffic. 

Visdende Valley

Crowned by Dolomitic pinnacles and featuring a sequence of spires of rock alternating with peaceful pastures, the Visdende Valley opens onto a large amphitheatre, at an altitude of 1,254 metres.
An easy road, only apparently winding, links it to the principal artery of the Piave valley, relieving its isolation. At regular intervals, the thick forests give way to pleasant clearings, while the river Cordevole, collecting the various streams from the pastures, runs through the valley, completing the landscape as if in an artist’s painting.
A romantic, exciting landscape, where everyone can find themselves, or simply admire the majestic nature. This is Val Visdende, the Visdende Valley, from the Latin vallis videnda, the “valley worth seeing”, which with its lofty trees and silver firs represents one of the most beautiful forests in Europe, not surprisingly described as “Temple of God, Hymn to the Creator”, and much loved by Pope John Paul II. 

Rifugio Ciareido mountain lodge

From the lofty peak of Croda Paradiso, the Rifugio Ciareido mountain lodge (1,969 m above sea level) looks over the peaceful pastures of the Pian dei Buoi plateau, famous for its splendid panoramic position. Friendly hospitality, local cuisine, comfortable facilities and a traditional fireplace put a stay here on a par with the finest inns down in the valley. 

Rifugio Passo Staulanza mountain lodge

The Rifugio Passo Staulanza mountain refuge is at an altitude of 1,783 m above sea level in a privileged position, surrounded by magnificent Dolomitic peaks such as mounts Pelmo and Civetta.
Located at the highest point of the Staulanza Pass, it can be reached by car with an easy tarmac road, and it is an excellent stopping-point for hikers on the Alpine Path of the Dolomites n° 1. 

The Roccolo Park Belvedere

From the centre of Pieve di Cadore, you take a straightforward track that runs alongside the play area and goes into a forest of larch, silver fir and beech.
In ten minutes you reach “Bar Roccolo”, where, from a terrace a little further down, you can enjoy a view that encompasses the Centro Cadore lake framed by the Marmarole group of mountains, in addition to mounts Montanel and Tudaio, and the Vedorcia woods. Perched on the green slopes there are the villages Calalzo di Cadore, Domegge di Cadore, Vigo di Cadore and Lorenzago di Cadore. 
 In the Park of Sant'Alipio, hidden amongst the vegetation is Father Christmas’ House, which can be visited both in winter and in summer. From Roccolo, there are other paths that skirt mount Ricco and reach the Forts, or link up with the cycle path.