Published on: 11 June 2019 | Last updated: 15 February 2020
The Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway is a high-quality cycleway with some fantastic scenery along the way — one of Italy’s most scenic cycleways. The valley is one of the main gateways into the heart of the Dolomites, so could form part of a longer route through the mountains.
At a glance
Easy — but note that there are some short climbs along the way.
Almost entirely on traffic-free cycleways.
Paved cycleway or road along the whole route from Fontanazzo to Molina di Fiemme. You can also start at Canazei and follow an aggregate-surfaced cycleway following the river, but Fontanazzo is also easily reachable from Canazei using a mix of quiet roads and cycleway.
The route is supported by a bicibus service, but there is no train line. Note that the bicibus only runs in one direction (Molina di Fiemme to Canazei)
Also known as …
Pista Ciclopedonale Fiemme e Fassa, Pista Ciclabile delle Dolomiti Val di Fiemme e Val di Fassa
Distance: this guide isn’t divided into daily stages, as people differ in how fast and how far they want to travel each day.
‘Traffic-free’: many cycle routes include sections with roads with restricted access for residents or people working on the adjoining land. You may, very occasionally, encounter an agricultural vehicle like a tractor pulling a trailer of hay, but most of the time there is no motorised traffic. They are often indistinguishable from the cycleways that are legally set aside for the exclusive use of cyclists and pedestrians.
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|Canazei to Fontanazzo||4 kms|
|Fontanazzo to Moena||13 kms|
|Moena to Predazzo||11 kms|
|Predazzo to Molina di Fiemme||18 kms|
About this table
The table doesn’t necessarily show the distances from one city centre to the centre of the next town — if a route skirts around a town the distances are measured to the nearest point on the route from the centre.
Getting there and getting back
Unfortunately, there are no train stations on the route. The nearest station is at Lavis in the Adige valley. The road from Lavis through the Val di Cembra is very scenic and not particularly busy, so you could ride from there.
The valley is served by bus services operated by Trentino Trasporti. The extraurbane buses will take two bikes. For more information on bus services, including the bicibus service, see the Transport and Services section at the bottom of the page.
Options and variations
You can ride the cycleway in either direction. The easiest option is to ride it going south-west (and downhill) from Canazei or Campitello di Fassa. Most people riding the cycleway as a day-ride ride in this direction (making use of the bike-bus service); going the other way there’s a little more altitude gain, but the gradients are so gentle you mainly won’t notice them.
The Val di Fiemme/Val di Fassa is one of the best options for a route into, or through, the Dolomites. There are at least five options, four of them used by other routes on this site:
- the Dolomites West to East route climbs from Lavis in the Valle del Adige before following the Fiemme-Fassa ciclabile to Canazei to the Lago di Fedaia and from there making the steep descent down to Rocca Pietore in the Veneto. See: italy-cycling-guide.info: Dolomites West to East”
- the Dolomites East to West route goes from Cortina d’Ampezzo, through the Sella Ronda before reaching Canazei. It then follows the cycleway to Vigo di Fassa where it turns west and heads toward Bozen (Bolzano) via the Passo di Costalunga (Karerpass), and the Karersee (Lago di Carezza). See: italy-cycling-guide.info: Dolomites East to West
Another option is the SS50 and SP81 which lead from Predazzo to the Passo Valles. (If you’re thinking of coming east to west this would be a way to avoid the steep climb to the Passo di Fedaia).
Part of the route follows the course of the old railway line (the Ferrovia della Val di Fiemme/Fleimstalbahn) which once ran between Predazzo and Auer (Ora) in the Südtirol, and another option could be to go via Castello di Fiemme to the Passo di San Lugano and from there down to Auer where you can connect with the Valle dell’Adige cycleway. The descent from the Passo di San Lugano is mainly on aggregate-surfaced forest roads, but it’s definitely do-able. I don’t know about the route on the Trentino side, but the cycleway is show on OpenStreetMap maps.
In more detail
Canazei to Fontanazzo
The tarmac-surfaced cycleway starts near Fontanazzo, but you can begin at Canazei (or Alba di Canazei). There’s an aggregate-surfaced cycleway that runs on the left bank of the Avisio river (looking in the direction the river flows). When you get to the bridge at Fontanazzo cross over the river and turn left. The cycleway starts almost immediately after.
The track on the left bank of the river is perfectly rideable, but if you prefer, there’s a tarmac option: from the centre of Canazei (the main square with the tourist information office) take the Via Roma, this leads into the Via del Ciuch, which continues all the way into Campitello di Fassa. The road/cycleway comes out onto the main road (the SS48) which at this point is also Campitello’s main street. You need to turn left and take to the road for a bit over a half kilometre to Fontanazzo di Sopra, where you turn left onto the Strèda Ciadenac-Catinaccio which heads downhill towards the river. The Strèda Ciadenac-Catinaccio becomes the Strèda del Mèsc de Novacela and passes the Residence Villa Artic. The road takes you out of Fontanazzo di Sopra and, just after the boundary sign, turn left onto the Strèda de l’Albolina. This road comes to an end at a parking area at the start of the cycleway.
Fontanazzo to Soraga di Fassa
Once you’ve found the start of the main cycleway, it’s plain sailing all the way to Pozza di Fassa, following the right bank of the Torrente Avisio. Along the way, the cycleway passes Mazzin and Pera di Fassa — both a short distance away, on the other side of the SS48. Coming into Pozza di Fassa, there’s a short stretch where the cycle route takes to the pavement of the SS48 (if you’re heading in the other direction, you have to take to the road).
When you get to the roundabout, turn left, and turn right, going past the Bar-Gelateria Leon d’Oro on your right, and the tourist information office on the left. The road (Strèda dei Bagnes) takes you to a parking area, and the cycleway continues to your right (it’s all clearly signed, and there are even yellow lines to guide you). When you get to a bridge, turn right and then continue on the other side of the river. (Note that the route is different if you are headed in the other direction).
At the next bridge, the cycleway crosses back over the Torrente Avisio. It continues on the right bank until you get to Soraga di Fassa.
Soraga di Fassa to Moena and Predazzo
The route from Canazei to Soraga is an effortless cruise, but between Soraga and Moena there are a couple of short climbs.
This stretch of cycleway comes to an end just outside Moena at a bar-gelateria (the Bar Fantolin) with an outdoor play area. From here you continue on quiet streets through the town. There’s a short climb (the Via Moene) that takes you past a Polizia dello Stato centre, and then you go downhill. At the bottom, turn right onto the Via Bolzano. Look out for a house built with the traditional blockbau method of construction of logs that are cut to interlock. Cross a small bridge and take the Via Trento. The Via Trento passes a church (the Chiesa di San Vigilio) and then starts to head uphill again, passing a play area and skirting round Moena before going back downhill and coming out onto the Strèda de Prealon. Turn right and then, just after the BiciGrill Moena, a little under 400 metres further on, turn left, and the cycleway resumes.
If you want to stop in Moena, you can take the Via Riccardo Löwy and the Strèda de Prealon through the centre of town. The SS48 bypasses Moena, so the road through the town is relatively quiet.
Moena to Predazzo
The cycleway continues beside the road for a short stretch before crossing over the river once again. The valley narrows as you pass from the Val di Fassa into the Val di Fiemme.
On your way out of Moena, you pass a sign telling motorists coming in the other direction that they are entering the Zona del Grande Puzzone. The literal translation is the Great Big Stink. This is at the name of a cheese which, I was a little disappointed to find, is strong, but not all that smelly.
The cycleway passes behind a bar-pasticceria (the Bar Il Giardino). The bar’s parking area is also a stopping point for the Bici-Bus service.
The stays on the left bank of the Torrente Avisio for most of the way between the Moena and Predazzo, crossing over once against before you reach the Latemar 2200 lift station. As you come into Predazzo, the BiciGrill Avisio is on your right.
There are three options at Predazzo. The most straightforward option after the BiciGrill Avisio is to go under a bridge, and then keep on the cycleway on the right bank of the river. When you come to a roundabout, turn left and cross over the river. The road (the Via Canzoccoli) brings you to a roundabout on the SS48 where you go right (the centre of Predazzo is to the left).
The other option at the bicigrill is to cross over the bridge (the Ponte della Birreria), and then follow the main road as it heads into the centre of town. You could also take the first left (Via Mazzini) which takes you through Predazzo’s centro storico — this is the most interesting of the three alternatives.
In the summer months, one lane of the main Via Roma is entirely given over to cyclists, with troughs of flowers used to separate the cycleway from the road.
All three options lead to a narrow and busy bridge. Unfortunately, there’s no protected cycle lane, and if you are with children or nervous about traffic, you may want to get off and walk over the bridge.
Predazzo to Molina di Fiemme
Take the next left after the bridge (Via Lagorai). This continues as the Strada ai Bersagli. When you get to a fork in the road, bear left, following the signs, and head uphill. About 250 metres further on you come to a junction, where the cycleway proper resumes (the cycleway is to the right and signposted).
The ciclabile on this stretch follows the course of the old Ferrovia della Val di Fiemme (Fleimstalbahn) railway. It keeps to the left bank of the Torrente Avisio (looking in the direction the river flows), heading towards Molina di Fiemme, with meadows on one side and woodland on the other.
The main road is on the other side of the river for most of the way. The towns along this section are also on the other side of the river, so if you need to find somewhere to stay, or a bar or restaurant, you’ll need to cross over. The only exception to this is in Ziano di Fiemme where the main town is on the other side of the river, but there are a couple of restaurants on the left bank. To get to them, you’ll need to bear off the cycleway and follow the road (the Via Bosin and Via Stazione).
After Ziano, the cycle route dips under the main road, and, a little after the 11-kilometre marker, passes the splendid timber bridge that leads to Panchia. Built in 1876, this is the only bridge that hasn’t been swept away by the Torrente Avisio when it’s been in full flood. It’s also the only covered wooden bridge in the whole region. There is an information panel with photographs showing the construction work, as well as a picture of the old station at Panchia demolished when the train line was closed in 1963.
Later on, the main road crosses over the cycleway again as it crosses back over the river. The cycleway carries on to a cross-country skiing centre (the Centro del Fondo di Lago di Tesero). Just before it gets to the centre, the cycleway dips under a road, and there’s a short ramp on the other side to catch you out if you’ve forgotten to change gear.
In winter, much of the cycleway becomes a cross-country ski course used by the Marcialonga race. In summer you may find yourself sharing the pista with cross-country skiers (equipped with wheels of course).
The cycleway skirts around Masi di Cavalese. On the other side of the river is Cavalese the other main town in the area. From here it keeps to the left bank of the Avisio.
A little after the 3-kilometre marker you come to a crossroads where there’s a farmhouse you can turn right (look for the signs pointing to the cascata). A very short detour (about a hundred metres) takes you to a waterfall (cascata). There’s also a bar, picnic area and water.
At the end of the cycleway you need to take the underpass under the main road and from there continue on into the centre of Molina di Fiemme.
If you are returning to Canazei by bus, the Fiemme-Fassa Bike Express bus leaves from the parking area on the Via Segherie. If in doubt you can ask at the tourist information office.
Places to stay
Hotels and B&Bs etc
The Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa are both well-established tourist areas with lots of hotels. The main centres are Canazei, Moena and Predazzo. Bear in mind that the area is popular in summer as well as winter.
Tourist information websites with accommodation search facilities:
Find and book places to stay with Booking.com
Booking.com pages for places on this section of the route:
About these links
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.
So far as I know, there are no hostels on this cycleway.
There are plenty of campsites on the northern part of this section between Predazzo and Canazei, but none on the southern part — although there are a couple of sites near Cavalese: the Camping Calvello and the Agritur Perlaie. (Note that if you are arriving by bike from Lavis, there’s an additional climb to Cavalese).
On the northern section of the cycleway, there are seven campsites:
Places to eat and drink
Places to eat and drink along the route itself (distances are from Fontanazzo):
- Pera di Fassa (kilometre 5): Bicigrill Pera di Fassa
- Pozza di Fassa(kilometre 6: Bar-Gelateria Leon d’Oro)
- Moena (kilometre 13): Bar-Gelateria Fantolin
- Moena (kilometre 15): Bicigrill Moena
- Moena (kilometre 18): Bar-Pasticceria Reinhard
- Predazzo (kilometre 22): Bicigrill Avisio
- Predazzo (kilometre 24): Bar El Lares
- Ziano di Fiemme (kilometre 29): Bar La Capanna
- there’s a trattoria (the Trattoria Lago Tesero — 32 kms)
In Molina di Fiemme there are a couple of bars and a pizzeria as well as a couple of hotels with a bar and restaurant.
Bike shops and bike hire
- Pozza di Fassa: Noleggio Bici Marco (Strada de Meida 106)
- Campestrin: Fassa Ski & Bike Campestrin
- Campitello di Fassa: Fassa Ski & Bike Campitello
- Canazei: Detomas Shop | Northland Ski & Bike
If you’re spending time in the region, it’s worth checking out the Trentino Guest Card. The major benefits for cyclists are free use of the train and bicibus services, as well as free entry to many museums and other attractions.
The card is available from participating accommodation providers (including hostels and campsites). For a list see: visittrentino.info: Guest Card: participating accommodation providers . You need to be staying for a minimum of two nights — but the website also suggests that you ask about the card even if you are only staying for a single night, as you can buy it for a
very special price. If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, you can also buy the card for 40€ for a week.
There’s a pdf map/brochure if you want to find out more. There’s also an app for Android/iOS.
Most of the holiday areas in the region have a local Guest Card that offers similar benefits.
The Fiemme-Fassa Express bicibus service serves the Val di Fiemme-Val di Fassa cycleway. It runs three times a day between mid-June and the middle of September. The timetable only gives the times running uphill from Molina di Fiemme — which is, of course, the easiest way to go — I am assuming that this means they only run in one direction.
You can take bikes on the extraurbane buses run by the regional transport company (Trentino Trasporti). In general, these take a maximum of two bikes.
According to the Val di Fiemme tourist office, there are a couple of firms offering a ‘bike taxi’ service. These are Giacomelli Bus in Predazzo (+39 0462 501 927 or +39 335 206 870) and Viaggi Franz in Soraga (+39 348 712 9588).
Tourist information websites
- fassa.com: Info material has loads of maps and brochures to download and/or order online
Cycling information websites
There’s a pocket map leaflet/guide. It’s widely available, and you can download as a pdf: Map of the Pista Ciclabile Dolomiti di Fiemme e Fassa
For more information on the Fiemme-Fassa Express bicibus service see:
- visitfiemme.it: Fiemme e Fassa Bike Express
- visitfiemme.it: Fiemme-Fassa Bike Express timetable
- fassa.com: Bike Express Fassa-Fiemme
The visittrentino.info regional tourist information website has a useful page on taking your bike on public transport in the region: visittrentino.info: cycling-and-public-transport. For information on taking your bike on Trentino Trasporti trains see: Trentino Trasporti: Transporting Bikes
Maps to print out or view offline
About the maps
The maps are in two versions: A4 portrait format - for printing and maybe also for viewing on an iPad, and A5 for smaller tablets and smartphones. (A4 and A5 are international paper sizes).
Links open in new windows unless you ‘save as’ etc.
- Fiemme-Fassa cycleway gps files
(.zip file containing 2 gpx files)
- Italy Points of Interest
POIs are like waypoints, but while you can usually only store a limited number of waypoints on a device, you can store thousands of POIs. These files include information about campsites and hostels, bike shops, train stations, drinking water sources as well as warnings for tunnels and roads where bikes are banned. Please check the ReadMe file for instructions. Updated April 2018. The file format is only compatible with Garmin GPSes .
GPX? POI? WTF? … about the GPS files
The GPS downloads are zip files containing files with tracks and waypoints. You can use these with a GPS (eg a Garmin), or using an app on a smartphone or tablet. Depending on the software you use, the track files will display the route on a map, and let you view an altitude profile. The waypoint files show the location of places of interest, as well as other useful things like drinking water sources, train stations and campsites etc.
The track files will just display a line on a map; they won’t give you turn-by-turn directions.
The POI files will only work on Garmin GPSes. They work best on the handheld receivers (eg the eTrex family). They also work, but not as well, on the Edge cycling GPSes.