PASSO SELLA | DOLOMITES

passo sella in the italian dolomites

Passo Sella, sits at an elevation of 2240 meters a.s.l. and is a high mountain pass between the Trento Province and Bolzano Province in the Italian Dolomites of Italy. Located in a grassy saddle that separates the Sassolungo Mountain Group from the Sella Mountain Group, Passo Sella connects Valle di Fassa with Val Gardena in the Trentino Alto Adige Region.

Passo Sella is one of the most famous passes in the Italian Dolomites and is is overlooked by Torri del Sella and by the Mesules barrier of the Sella Mountain Group. Plus you have the unforgettable view over the Sassolungo mountain group, at an altitude of 3,179 metres a.s.l.

Along with Passo Pordoi, Passo Gardena, and Passo Campolongo, Passo Sella forms a quadrangle around the Sella Mountain Group. In the summer the 4 passes are on many cyclist bucket list and during the winter, ski trails are prepared that make the entire round in both directions, known as the Sella Ronda.

Passo Sella also is the start point to reach many of the classic alpine climbs and vie ferrate of the Italian Dolomites.  Beside the Sella rifugio is the Citta del Sassi (City of Rocks) bouldering area.

Passo Sella Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO SELLA IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

The nearest you can get to Passo Sella by train is Bolzano.  From Bolzano you can get a regional bus to Selva Val Gardena or Canazei in the Fassa Valley.  

You can get to the pass by riding from Passo Pordoi or Passo Gardena.  The ride up from the Gardena valley is not the best approach since it is generally busy with traffic.

WHERE TO STAY WHEN YOU ARE VISITING THE SELLA PASS IN THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAINS

Most cyclist base themselves:

Canazei
Alleghe
Arabba
Corvara

Climbers and hikers will find good lodging at the rifugio's in the Pass.

OUTDOOR RECREATION TRIP REPORTS AND TRAVEL PLANNING TIPS FOR PASSO SELLA

Bike Touring Passo Sella in the Italian Dolomites

Guide to the Passo Sella Bouldering Site, Trentino Italy

PASSO PORDOI | DOLOMITES

Passo Pordoi Dolomites of Italy

Passo Pordoi sits at 2,239 meters a.s.l., and the road crossing the pass connects Arabba (Livinallongo del Col di Lana) with Canazei (Val di Fassa).  Pordoi sits between Sass Pordoi (Sella Mountain Group) and the northern peaks of the Marmolada Mountain Group, and marks the border between the Trento Province (Trentino Alto Adige Region) and Belluno Province (Veneto Region). Passo Pordoi is the highest paved road traversing a pass in the Italian Dolomites.


Riding from Canazei the pass is 12 km away, and features 28 hairpin turns as you work your way to the summit. Passo Pordoi is one of the 4 passes of the Dolomites Road, built in the early 1900's to link the town of Bolzano with Cortina d'Ampezzo, and encourage the development of tourism in the Ladin valleys. 

Passo Pordoi has played a role in Italian history, battles of the First World War were fought in the pass. Tourism was developed on the pass thanks to Maria Piaz, sister of the famous alpinist Tita Piaz.

Passo Pordoi Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO PORDOI IN THE DOLOMITES OF ITALY

There are no trains that reach Passo Pordoi, the closest stations are Ora or Bolzano in the Trentino Alto Adige Region and Belluno in the Veneto Region.  From these towns you can get a Dolomite Bus, from the western side Canazei is the closest town and from the southeastern Arabba is the closest.

WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING PASSO PORDOI

For cyclist the best areas to stay would be

Alleghe
Arabba
Canazei
Corvara

For Hikers and Climbers I recommend one of the Refugio in the Pass.

OUTDOOR RECREATION REPORTS AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR PASSO PORDOI

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ITALIAN DOLOMITES | ITALY

Italian Dolomites of Italy

The Italian Dolomites (Ladin: Dolomites; Italian: Dolomiti; German: Dolomiten) are a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy. It considered to be a part of Southern Limestone Alps and extends from the Adige River in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The area most people hear about and that is presented as the Italian Dolomites are located between; the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Val Sugana). The Italian Dolomites are located in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region, and the Trentino-Alto Adige Region's, Trento Province (Trentino) and Bolzano Province (Alto Adige or Sud Tyrol).

There are also mountain groups of similar geological structure that sit outside of this area that are considered Part of the Italian Dolomites.  To the east of the Piave River, into the Friuli Venezia Region, are the Friuli Dolomites or Dolomiti d'Oltrepiave. On the Western side of the Adige River, still in the Trento Province, is The Brenta Dolomites (Dolomiti di Brenta). Also, there is a smaller group called Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites) located in the Vicenza Province.

The  Italian Dolomites are also called the “Monti Pallidi” in Italian, 'Pale Mountains', as their white rocks glow with golden, pink and purple hues at dawn and dusk. The mountains get their modern name from, Déodat de Dolomieu, a French naturalist who first studied and discovered the particular composition that forms their bedrock (double calcium carbonate), unique in the whole Alpine range.
 

 

 

Dolomite Mountain Groups

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