Moena, Val di Fassa and the Dolomites:
a truly unique Scene
Moena: welcome to the Fairy of the Dolomites
Moena - located at the entrance of Val di Fassa coming from Val di Fiemme - is the perfect destination for all mountain lovers, adults as well as children, who are looking for a stay in the pursuit of nature, sport, fun, relaxation and speciality food and wine: a fantastic mix to make your holiday special!
Moena appears from the heart of the Dolomites, surrounded by breath-taking panoramas: to the north, the Sella group with the Sassolungo and the Sassopiatto; to the east, the Monzoni and the San Pellegrino; to the south the Sas da Mezdì; to the west/north-west the tip of the Latemar and the sharp spires of the Cantinaccio.
Moena's ski area - Ski Area Alpe Luisa e Passo San Pellegrino - forms part of Dolomiti Superski, the biggest skiing circuit in the world, which will stun you with its modern ski lifts and its perfectly snow-covered slopes.
For children, there is Fiabilandia: a fantastic theme park - open in the summer and the winter - with huge bouncy castles, see-saws, slides and playhouses in the Prà di Sorte area.
Moena is a perfect starting point for beautiful hikes within reach of everyone and for a variety of routes that can be explored by mountain bike or road bike, starting with the Dolomites cycle path which crosses the Fassa and Fiemme valleys, running 48km in length.
In Moena, you can immerse yourself in Ladin culture and tradition, visiting the town's neighbourhoods and districts. The historic city centre encourages you to take a walk, poking around in between the windows of shops selling crafts, typical local products and clothing.
Every year, Moena hosts two food and wine fairs, which highlight the local tastes, smells and commodities: "A tavola con la Fata delle Dolomiti" ("At dinner with the Fairy of the Dolomites") in March and "Sapori d'autumno" ("Flavours of Autumn") in September. The main ingredient in many recipes is the famous cheese "PDO Puzzone di Moena", which has been protected for years by Slow Food.
Moena is part of the prestigious "Alpine Pearls" club, which links 25 tourist destinations dedicated towards promotion of ecologically conscious Alpine holidays and environment-friendly modes of transport.
Moena is well-connected by public transport to the main tourist destinations in Trentino-South Tyrol.
Allow yourself an unforgettable holiday! Moena is waiting for you!
That is the chorus of "La cianzon de Val de Fascia", the anthem of Val di Fassa, written in the Ladin language: the piece, which is particularly poetic, consists of lyrics by Francesco Dezulian del Garber (1898-1986) and music written by Luigi Canori (1908-1991).
Val di Fassa - located in the north-east of the Trentino region, bordering the provinces of Bolzano (South Tyrol) and Belluno (Veneto) - is surrounded by some of the most important mountain ranges in the Dolomites: the Marmolada, the Sella Group, the Sassolungo Group, the Catinaccio group.
The Avisio stream crosses the entire valley, and originates from the Marmolada glacier, flowing into the Adige, near Lavìs, a little to the north of Trento.
As well as the Strada delle Dolomiti, you can reach Val di Fassa via 5 picturesque Alpine passes: San Pellegrino, Costalunga, Sella, Pordoi and Fedaia.
So much nature to enjoy in Val di Fassa and its surroundings
Marmolada, standing at 3,342 metres tall, is the Queen of the Dolomites!
The Marmolada funicular leaves from Malga CIapela, and connects the station of departure (1,450m) to Punta Rocca (3.265m). While at the midway Seratura station, you can visit the Museum of the Great War.
The Grotto Chapel at Punta Rocca houses a statue of the Madonna, “Queen of the Dolomites”, consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979, and since then has been a pilgrimage destination during the summer months.
Between Rocca Pietore and Malga Ciapela, you will find the Serrai di Sottoguda, a deep natural gorge of around two kilometres in length, enclosed by immense walls of rock which have a sheer drop. This canyon is the most well-known and most visited ice wall of the Dolomites, and can be seen by a fun train in the summer months.
The Sella group is situated in the heart of the Dolomites - between the Fassa, Livinallongo, Badia and Gardena valleys - and is by the famous “four passes”: Passo Gardena (north), Passo Campolongo (east), Passo Pordoi (south) e Passo Sella (west).
From Passo Pordoi (12km from Canazei), you can use the funicular to get to Sass Pordoi, the southernmost point of Sella: here, at 2,950 metres above sea level, the landscape will truly leave you speechless, with a 360° view of the main groups of the Dolomites: from Marmolada to Pale di San Martino, from Sassolungo to Tofane, Antelao, Pelmo, Sasso della Croce, Civetta, Conturines, Lavarella, Sorapis, Catinaccio.
The Catinacciio Dolomite group - located between Valle di Tires, Val d’Ega and Val di Fassa - is characterised by a steep and jagged summit; several peaks approach an altitude of 3,000 metres: Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3.002 m), Catinaccio (2.981 m), Cima Scalieret (2.887 m), the Vajolet Towers (2.813 m), Roda di Vael (2.806 m).
The name “Catinaccio” comes from the Ladin word “ciadinàc”, which means a mountain basin. The German name “Rosengarten” means rose garden, and comes from the legend from of King Laurin.
The main way to get to the heart of the massif is the Vigo-Ciampedìe funicular, which can be accessed via a convenient escalator from the centre of Vigo di Fassa.
The Latemar Dolomite group is located south of Cantinaccio, across the Fiemme, Fassa and Ega valleys. Many peaks mark the perimeter of this ancient atoll, in a horseshoe shape that opens up to the east: Croda di Lausa (2.876 m), the Campanili del Latemar (2.842 m), Cima di Val Bona (2.822 m), Molignon (2.820 m), Corno d’Ega (2.799 m), Schenon (2.791 m).
You can get there from Predazzo (the Predazzo/Gardonè cable car and then the gardonè/Passo Feudo chair lift), from Alpe di Pampeago and from Val d’Ega.
Don’t miss the Latemarium hiking park, with a perfect observation point to see these enchanting peaks, and with many themed trails appropriate for children.
Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park
The Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park, in Western Trentino, spreads over a surface area of over 19,000 hectares, comprising Val Venegia, Paneveggio Forest, a large proportion of the Pale di San Martino Group, the westernmost point of the Lagorai chain and a part of the Luisa chain - Cima Bocche
From Moena, the park’s closest entry point is the “Forest Land” Paneveggio visitor centre, at the side of the road that goes from Predazzo to Passo Rolle: the centre calls to mind the eponymous spruce forest, known as the “Foresta dei Violini” (Violin Forest) for the quality of its wood used by luthiers.
Lago di Carezza
Beyond Passo Costalunga (8km from Vigo di Fassa) - closely connected by dense spruce woods and surrounded by the peaks of the Latemar group - there lies the glistening Lago di Carezza, a small jewel of the Dolomites, which has always marvelled visitors. It is no coincidence that it has been a source of inspiration for poets and painters enchanted by its beauty.
In Ladin, it is also called “Lec de Ercaboan”, which means “rainbow lake”, because the reflection of the sun on its water creates an effect that looks like the colours of the rainbow.
"The Dolomites may not be the tallest mountains in the world, but they are certainly the most beautiful"
– Reinhold Messner –
On the 29th of June, 2009, UNESCO named the Dolomites as a World Heritage Site. This is a complex area, both from a geographic and an administrative point of view, spreading over 142,000 hectares through 3 Italian regions (Trentino-Alto Adige, Fiuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto) and is made up of nine mountain systems:
- Pelmo, Croda da Lago
- Pale di San Martino, San Lucano, Dolomiti Bellunesi, Vette Feltrine
- Dolomiti Friulane and d’Oltre Piave
- Dolomiti settentrionali
- Sciliar-Catinaccio, Latemar
- Dolomiti di Brenta
Origins of the name
The name “Dolomites” comes from Dèodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801), a French naturalist and geologist who discovered the specific chemical composition (bicarbonate of calcium and magnesium) of mineral that characterises these mountains’ rocks.
Dolostone shows up as a very white rock, which is the reason why the Dolomites are also called “Pale Mountains”; however, at sunrise and particularly at sunset, the rocks, illuminated by the Sun, create a spectrum of colours from pink to bright red: the natural phenomenon Alpenglow (in Italian, enrosadira, from the Ladin word “rosadüra or “enrosadöra”, which means “to become pink”).
The Legends of the Pale Mountains
The allure of the Dolomites has inspired many tales.
In particular, a Ladin legend provides a romantic explanation for the pale colour of the Dolomites, and the consequent nickname of the “Pale Mountains”.
"Once upon a time, the cliffs of the Realm of the Dolomites were the same dark colour as the Alps, there was peace and joy everywhere, except in the royal castle.
It all began when the King’s son married the princess of the Moon; the prince, however, could not stand the light of the Moon, while his beloved became sick at the sight of the gloomy mountains; as a result, the two young lovers had to live apart.
One day, the prince met a small gnome, Laurin, the king of the Salvani, looking for a place for his people to live. In exchange for living on these mountains, Laurin promised the young man that he would cover the peaks of his kingdom in light. The Prince, happy and incredulous, accepted. So it was that, when night came, a thousand dwarves started to spin the Moon’s rays, weaving a blanket with which they clothed the mountains. In the morning, these were as luminous and pale as the moon; at their sight, the princess stopped getting sick and the two young lovers could finally live happily ever after.
This kingdom no longer exists, but the mountains have kept their white colour: they are the Dolomites! ”