Published on: 8 April 2013 | Last updated: 11 February 2017
A circular ride that follows the foot of the Pale di San Martino - one of the most scenic parts of the Dolomites. A straightforward ride through Alpine meadows; superb views, and the sound of cowbells.
The ride starts off at the visitor centre for the Parco Paneveggio Pale San Martino. On your left as you start the ride is a little permanent exhibition about violin-making and the abete rosso (red spruce) that grows in the woods around here - they’ve been called the foresta dei violini. The wood from these trees was used, because of its particular characteristics, by Stradivarius and the other violin makers of Cremona.
The climb is up on an unsurfaced road passing the Malga Venegiota (a malga is a dairy cum farmhouse used while the cows are grazing in their summer pastures - many are now, like this one, part farm, part mountain restaurant/cafe) and on to the Baita Segantini where there’s a bar and restaurant. This is a good place to stop for lunch - although in peak season there are a lot of people around.
The route descends through alpine grasslands (the area is part of a ski resort in winter), passing a refuge (‘capanna’) and another malga and then through the woods. The path gets a little sketchier here - so clockwise is probably the best direction to do this route.
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