Val di Fassa | Adventure Travel Guide
After some of the best views in Europe? Val di Fassa could well be the spot for you...
Val di Fassa is a mountain valley in north-eastern Trentino known for its outstanding views of the Italian Dolomites.
There are various towns you can choose as your base from which to access the rest of the valley, the most popular of which are the resorts of Campitello di Fassa and Canazei.
The region can be reached in a few hours from Venice or Innsburck airport, and even quicker from the Bolzano airport, which is only 40km away.
Go to Val di Fassa for the views and stay for the outdoor adventures.
Base yourself in Canazei and your jaw will drop as soon as you step foot on the pavements. The main road through town leads your eye directly up to the Gran Vernel mountain which dominates the skyline. Throughout the day as the lighting changes the beauty of the village only increases.
When you get off your first gondola of the day things only get better. One cable car from town and you'll have the Sella Massif on your right, the Sassolungo mountain group straight ahead and the Marmolada glacier on your left. The combination of the distinctive dolomite rock-shapes with the more traditional Alp-like mountains and forests is a sight to behold.
The skiing isn’t half bad either. The area offers 122km of pisted skiing, with another 100km in Tre Valli and access to Dolomiti Superski, the world's largest ski circuit with over 1200km of pistes.
The Sella Ronda ski tour is quickly becoming one of the most famous in Europe for the stunning views and is great for beginners. The Panorama ski tour meanwhile will guide you through more advanced territories including some tantalising black runs while still showcasing the inimitable scenery.
In summer, the Fassa bike park offers an array of tailored options and local guides will be able to see you through the singletrail, while the via ferratas are also world famous for climbers with a head for heights.
Where To Stay
If you’re looking to sleep in style, the four and a half star Hotel La Perla offers a fantastic base in Canazei less than 100m away from the first gondola. Their beds are comfy, their spa is outstanding and they offer a free snack buffet for guests at lunch which is often much needed after a day on the slopes. The in-house restaurant is also well worth a stop.
The three-star Hotel Ladina in Campitello di Fassa is a solid option for those with less of a budget. A popular choice with many travellers, it also features a spa and restaurant and the Col Rodella ski lift is only 200m away.
Where To Eat
Trentino is a region known for it's gastronomy - whether it's the fresh-fish, the meat, the cheeses or the wine. For dinner in Canazei try out Rita Stube. It's the perfect place to taste local products and a range of Trentino wines that you can choose directly in the "Cevena of Vin" (wine cellar).
For a more adventurous dining experience, head to the Mountain Refuge Fienile Monte. You can take a transfer to the restaurant by snow groomer or snowmobile and the steaks and local meats on offer will fill your dreams for months after.
On the slopes, we'd recommend stopping for lunch at the Rifugio Zedron. You'll find it at the top of the yellow cable car from Corvara on the Sella Ronda route. Like both of the above, their local ingredients are absolutely delicious, the views are to die for, and we'd recommend their local beer as well. Just don't have too much of it before you get back on the slopes!
Where To Drink
Canazei has the most lively après options in Val di Fassa. Bar Esso on the main street is the place to go if you're done for the day and back in town. It has a little outside area which gets particularly busy on weekends and serves up beer and music.
Après Ski Paradis does exactly what it says on the tin and is often packed, though it can draw an older crowd than you might expect at après.
What The Locals Say
"The Sella Ronda tour is good for sight-seeing but once you've seen the views you'll find better skiing, better snow and less crowded slopes on the other side of the mountain."
Tommy, long-time mountain guide in Val di Fassa.
For further information on visiting Val di Fassa, check out the official website.