Via ferrate are equipped routes, prepared with metal cables, ladders or steps, and other fixed features such as wooden walkways and suspension bridges. These man-made aids facilitate passage in difficult points such as exposed vertical rock faces. To ensure your safety when moving along a via ferrata route you need to use a via ferrata kit. This consists of a protective helmet, a body harness, ferrata gloves and a ferrata set.
The ferrata set consists of two ropes, carabiners and a dissipater (serves to cushion a potential fall, reducing the risk of injury).
You may also need an ice-axe and crampons, depending on season and location, or a headlamp if you are planning to enter some of the numerous tunnels excavated during World War I.
You can rent via ferrata kits in sport shops in Cortina d'Ampezzo.