PASSO COSTALUNGA | DOLOMITES
Passo Costalunga sits at 1745 meters a.s.l. and is located in the Bolzano Province of the Trentino Alto Adige Region. Passo Costalunga (know as Karerpass in German) separates the Italian Dolomites of the Catinaccio Mountian Group to the north and the Latemar Mountain Group to the south. The state road was built in the late 1800's, when the area was still controlled by the Austrian Empire, to connect Nova Levante with Vigo di Fassa. Later in the 1930's the road was enlarged by the Italian's into two lanes.
Passo Costalunga is a popular escape for the people living in Bolzano and the surrounding valley. Therefore, it is busy on the weekends, and because the road is well built it has more local traffic. The Pass is well known for several lovely mountain walks, in the winter time there is a small ski area. For a cyclist it is a great route to transfer from the Fassa Valley and the Italian Dolomites over to Bolzano and the Italian Alps.
HOW TO GET TO THE COSTALUNGA PASS IN THE DOLOMITES OF ITALY
By train you need to arrive to Bolzano and then you can get a regional bus that goes to Vigo di Fassa and stops in Passo Costalunga. If you are cycling the ride from Vigo di Fassa is recommended the other side from Bolzano can be heavy with traffic. There is a bike path running from Predazzo to Pozzo di Fassa which will keep you away for the heavy traffic down the Fiemme Valley.
Passes that you can ride in the area: Passo Nigra, Passo Lavaze, Passo San Pellegrino, or Passo Fedaia.
WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING PASSO COSTALUNGA ITALIAN DOLOMITES
Bolzano has the best after active events and is an easy ride up to the pass by bus car.
There are several hotels in the pass of Costalunga