Published on: 17 March 2013 | Last updated: 3 January 2020
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|Molina di Fiemme - Moena||28 kms|
|Moena - Canazei||17 kms|
|Canazei - Malga Ciapella||19 kms|
|Malga Ciapella - Alleghe||14 kms|
The Ciclovia delle Dolomiti cycleway takes you along the Avisio river to Canazei via Predazzo and Moena. From Canazei the road leads on towards the Lago di Fedaia and the Passo di Fedaia (2056m). The lake lies below the Marmolada glacier and you can take a ski-lift up to the glacier.
The glacier formed part of the front lines in the Grande Guerra and the Austrians constructed an Eisstadt in the ice with barracks for over a hundred soldiers, kitchens, canteens and even an officer’s club (see the plan here and read more (in Italian) here). If you are interested, there’s a museum (the Museo dell Guerra in Marmolada - accessible by the cable car from the Malga Pietore at the bottom of the hill. As well as the museum itself you can also visit the system of chambers and fortifications that the Italian troops excavated high up on the Punta Serata.
A little further on is the Serrai di Sottoguda: a dramatic 2-kilometre-long canyon. The modern road bypasses the canyon and the gorge itself is now pedestrian-only with signs indicating no bikes. I don’t know whether it is possible to push bikes through, but at least you can admire the photos on MagicoVeneto.it.
Stop for a few minutes in the village of Pian di Sottaguda and admire the extraordinary wrought iron sculptures.
Alleghe is a village turned ski resort at the foot of Monte Civetta. The lake itself is the result of a massive landslide in 1771 which killed 49 people and buried a village in its path. The Repubblica Venetana sent engineers to consider whether it would be possible to dig a canal but decided that the task was impossible and the old village had to be abandoned. It’s a charming and unpretentious place, if you’re looking for somewhere to stop.
Alleghe is a pretty good place base for day rides in this part of the Dolomites with the Sella Ronda, Fedaia, Giau and Falzorego passes within reach (note I didn’t say ‘easy’ reach - any circuit in this area is going to involve a fair amount of climbing).
My suggested route goes via Agordo and on to the Passo Duran. You could follow the SR403 but the old road (the SP8) on the other side of the river provides a quieter and more interesting alternative. Note that after Cencenighe there are two tunnels, however these can easily be avoided by taking the old road which follows the riverside. At the moment these are simply marked as closed roads with no signs to tell you that there is an alternative. However, I rode this route in 2012 there were stretches of a newly-built pista ciclabile so hopefully this will eventually be turned into a decent cycleway linking Agordo with the 7 kilometre-long ciclabile between Cencenighe and Falcade to the north.
There are two other ways you could get to Alleghe:
- turn off at Predazzo and climb to the Passo Valles;
- turn off at Moena and climb to the Passo San Pellegrino ;
both options then lead via Falcade and Cecenighe to Alleghe.
At Canazei this suggested route intersects with my suggested east-west route. You could take that (in reverse) to Cortina d’Ampezzo via the Sella Ronda.
If you stay at Predazzo or Bellamonte a little further up the road, the Passo Valles and the Passo Rolle are both within easy reach. Canazei provides a base from which you could do the Sella Ronda circuit. Bear in mind that in the main tourist season the roads towards the Sella Ronda, and the circuit itself get pretty busy with cars and motorbikes.
There are some superb options for mountainbiking. There’s a truly memorable ride from Paneveggio and the Val Venegia on an old military road which skirts the Pale di San Martino and the Baita Segantini at the top close to the Passo Rolle.
Places to stay
There are plenty of hotels along the route.
Hotels and B&Bs
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Booking.com pages for places on this section of the route:
- Cavalese | Predazzo | Moena | Canazei | Rocca Pietore | Alleghe
- Val di Fiemme | Val di Fassa | Civetta area pages
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If you use these links to book accommodation Booking.com will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.
I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirmation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.
I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the opportunity to let me know if there’s a problem.
Many properties offer free cancellation but it’s a good idea to check the conditions as these vary from property to property.
There are plenty of campsites along the Dolomiti cycleway and at Canazei and Alleghe. I’ve stayed at these sites
- Camping Valle Verdeon the road from Predazzo to the Passo Rolle
- Fiemme Village on the same road a little further on
- Camping Marmolada at Canazei
- Camping Alleghe near Alleghe
There’s also a nice site at Malga Ciapela (Camping Malga Ciapela Marmolada - when I passed by in 2012 the site was closed and it was up for sale. Fortunately it looks like it found a buyer and is open for business .
Map of campsites along the route: Dolomites-WE-campsites-map-show map in overlay | Dolomites-WE-campsites-map-show map in new window
Transport and services
Places to eat
The two campsites near Predazzo both had good restaurants and there’s a very good restaurant-pizzeria next door to the campsite at Alleghe.
Articles in this series
- The Dolomites (West-East): Overview
- The Dolomites (West-East) Part 1
- The Dolomites (West-East) – Part 2
- The Dolomites (West-East) – Part 3
- Dolomites (West-East) – Lago di Garda variant
- The Dolomites (West-East) – Part 4
- The Dolomites (West-East) – Part 5
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