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The Dolomites - Italy

Clickable map of dolomites - please use text links

Accommodation for this areaHOTELS/B&B

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link to Dolomite photos The Dolomites are without doubt one of the great biking areas of the Alps. There is a very high density of mountain passes all within the same area. Many of them interconnect without the need for the boring main road in between. The Dolomite Mountains have a characteristic flat topped, vertical monolith appearance, which is unique within the Alps. Therein lies the bad news. Come a nice sunny weekend day, the roads are packed with tourists from northern Europe taking in the scenery at a gentle 15 mph. At the height of the Holiday season, this goes for weekdays as well. Your best bet is to stay locally and get up early, or alternatively risk the weather in June. Being in the nature of the Dolomite passes in that they run into one another, to a certain extent they also do so in my mind. So some details may be lacking.

We've stayed in a few places in and around the Dolomites over the years. We can recommend Arabba and Corvara for central location, and St.Vigilio for prettiness as well as St. Leonhard, which is a bit further away, but close enough, and perfectly situated for hitting the Timmelsjoch, Jaufenpass and the Dolomites too.


St. Vigilio


The Roads.

Well the obvious circuit if not racetrack, is the four passes of:

  • Passo di Gardena
  • Passo di Sella
  • Passo Pordoi
  • Passo di Campolongo

We've mostly done these anticlockwise, though it's great both ways.
Despite it being the most obvious, to get the best roads in, I'd cover this route one way or another:

  • Passo di Gardena
  • Passo di Sella
  • Passo Pordoi
  • Livinallongo
  • Col di Lana
  • Passo Falzarego
  • Passo di Giau

This also would include the little stretch between the west end of the Giau (Caprile) to the junction with the main Falzarego road (Andráz/Cernadoi)

There are multitudes of roads in and around the Dolomites that we still haven't tried yet. So find your own and experiment.

Mendel Pass Fossa di Sopra Passo Mauria Passo di Giau Grödner Joch Passo  d. Falzarego Pordoi Joch Rosengarten Gorge gardertal Sella joch sella ? Tre Croci Around Monte Cristalo ???? Passo  di Fedaia Passo  di Campolongo Passo di Fedaia Sottoguda gorge Val Gardena Penserjoch Brixen - Lüsen Furkeljoch - St. Vigil Forc. Staulanza - Agordo - Passo d. Brocon