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The Great Dolomite Road Bolzano - Cortina

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Enrico Massetti

In this little book, I cover the Great Dolomites Road. It crosses three regions: Südtirol, Trentino, and Veneto. It is a classic itinerary to visit some of the most scenic parts of the Dolomites. I advised anyone driving along it is to begin in Bozen (Bolzano in Italian). The road is paved and very well developed; however, it is very curvy with a maximum gradient of 12% and requires actual driving.

I only partly recommended the teams' route because the streets are very narrow and confusing, especially from the Fassa Valley.

This guide will help you go on the entire road, with clear color maps that indicate the distance and time between places, in addition to photos of the localities. Furthermore, it gives you the route to follow between the different stages.

Numerous viewpoints and parking areas on the Great Dolomite Road allow a panoramic view of the surrounding Dolomites.

The guide starts with a description of the attractions in Bolzano, the Ötzi – the Iceman Museum, Bolzano's castles, and nearby locations.

It then leads you in a drive from Bolzano to Cortina d'Ampezzo, going through the Carezza Lake, Val di Fassa, and the Tofana.

It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants at the location described.

It includes maps, color photos, and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched.

An extensive section is full of helpful information on how to get to Bolzano and Cortina, go back, and what kind of services are available to rent a bike, the favorite means of transportation to ride the Great Road available.

The Great Dolomite Road: Itinerary

The itinerary goes through Karneid, Nova Levante, Carezza Lake, Passo di Costalunga, Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa, Campitello di Fassa, Canazei, Pecol, the Fedaia Pass, Pieve di Livinallongo, Col di Lana, Falzarego Pass, Valparola Ridge, Cinque Torri, and the Tofana.

Author Enrico Massetti

Language English

Published by Massetti Publishing Washington DC, USA

ISBN 978-1-4583-9354-8
Paperback A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm), 90 Pages, Color Standard

Italian Edition


Table of content


Bolzano: Gateway to the Dolomites

Bolzano: The countryside in the city

Bolzano: A bit of history

Ötzi - the Iceman

Where to eat in Bozen/Bolzano

Where to stay in Bolzano

Castles in Bolzano

Bolzano Sigmundskron Castle

Bolzano Runkelstein Castle

Maretsch Castle

The Great Dolomite Road

Bolzano - Kardaun

The legend of the ghost riders of Karneid


From Kardaun to Nova Levante

Vacations in the Rosengarten area

Welschnofen/Nova Levante

Where to eat in Welschnofen

Where to stay in Welschnofen

Nova Levante - Vigo di Fassa

Lake Carezza - Karersee

Where to eat at Lake Carezza:

Where to stay in Carezza

Passo di Costalunga

Vigo di Fassa

Vacations in the Fassa Valley

Where to eat in Vigo di Fassa:

Where to stay in Vigo di Fassa

Vigo di Fassa - Canazei

Paragliding in Canazei

Surroundings of Canazei

Pozza di Fassa

Where to eat at Pozza di Fassa:

Where to stay in Pozza di Fassa

Campitello di Fassa

Where to eat at Campitello di Fassa:

Where to stay in Campitello di Fassa


Where to eat in Canazei

Where to stay in Canazei

Passo Pordoi

The road from Alba to Fedaia Pass

Where to eat in Alba

Where to stay in Alba

From Fedaia Pass to Salesei (Pieve di Livinallongo)

Livinallongo - Arabba

Where to eat in Arabba

Where to stay in Arabba

Col di Lana

Salesei (Pieve di Livinallongo) - Passo Falzarego

Passo Falzarego to Cortina d'Ampezzo


Cinque Torri


Cortina d’Ampezzo

Where to eat in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Where to stay in Cortina d'Ampezzo

How to return to Bolzano from Cortina

How to continue from Cortina to Venice

Where to rent a motorcycle in Bolzano

A Great Road, why not a stop, a short one?

How to reach the Dolomites Road

How to get to Bolzano

How to get to Cortina

Other tourism guides

The Author

Things to Know