Fiemme-Fassa cycleway Pista Ciclabile delle Dolomiti Fiemme e Fassa

Published on:  | Last updated: 9 September 2019

Cyclists passing the 16-kilometre marker on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Predazzo

Cyclists passing the 16-kilometre marker on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Predazzo

The Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway is one of Italy's most scenic cycleways. It's a high-quality cycleway with some fantastic scenery along the way. 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

Distance

42 kilometres

Difficulty/​terrain

Easy — but note that there are some short climbs along the way.

Traffic

Almost entirely on traffic-free cycleways.

Surfaces

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.

Signposting

Well signposted

Public transport

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

Notes

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.


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;
  • 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).
Cyclists on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near  Moena

Cyclists on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Moena

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.

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Distances
Canazei to Moena 17 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.



In more detail

Sheep grazing beside the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Vigo di Fassa

Sheep grazing beside the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Vigo di Fassa

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 the 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.

The Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway approaching  Moena

The Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway approaching Moena

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.

Cyclists on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Moena

Cyclists on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Moena

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.

Mural on a house in the centro storico of Predazzo

Mural on a house in the centro storico of Predazzo

Predazzo

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.

Bilingual sign in Predazzo

Bilingual sign in Predazzo

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.

There are plans to improve the route through Predazzo. I'm not sure whether these involve widening the road bridge or reopening an old railway bridge. Either way, if in doubt, ignore what I say and follow the signs.

Cyclists on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Predazzo

Cyclists on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Predazzo

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, 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.

Early morning in the Val di Fiemme near Molina di Fiemme

Early morning in the Val di Fiemme near Molina di Fiemme

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 Via Segheria. There's a bus stop in front of the tourist office.

The Val di Fassa and the Torrente Avisio near Campitello di Fassa

The Val di Fassa and the Torrente Avisio near Campitello di Fassa

More information

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
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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.

Bike hotel in Predazzo

Bike hotel in Predazzo

Hostels

So far as I know, there are no hostels on this cycleway.

Campsites

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:

Transport and services

Fiemme-Fassa Express

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.

The Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa Bici-Bus (Fiemme-Fassa Bike Express)

The Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa Bici-Bus (Fiemme-Fassa Bike Express)

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).

Bike shops

Bike hire

Places to eat and drink

  • 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)

(Distances are from Fontanazzo).

Guest Cards

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.

Resources

Tourist information websites

Cycling information websites

There's a pocket map leaflet/​guide. It's widely available, and you can download in pdf: Map of the Pista Ciclabile Dolomiti di Fiemme e Fassa 

Transport information

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

Cycleway sign on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Campitello di Fassa

Cycleway sign on the Val di Fiemme Val di Fassa cycleway near Campitello di Fassa

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