Selva di Val Gardena Travel Guide

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Selva di Val Gardena Things to Do

  • „Troi Paian“– Balést, - Lech da...

    On the traces of knights of the Middle AgesStart: Furnes, 1681m (middle station of the turn-round cable railway Ortisei-Seceda), parking lot with fee at the bottom stationWalking time: 2:15 hrs. (about 8.5 km)Character: Hardly any rises. Caution when crossing the gullies which pour down from the Picberg (after rainfall, minor...

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  • From Ortisei to the Regensburger Hütte,...

    To the oldest hut in Val GardenaStart: Parish church in Ortisei, 1236m, parking garage at the bottom station of the Seceda cable railway (200 m away), car parkHighest point: Col Raiser 2102 mWalking time: 3 hrs. (7.8 km)Character: Mostly broad, evenly ascending alpine path, which is steeper only between the Gamsbluthütte and the Col-Raiser...

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  • Walking -Sëurasas-Alm, 2149m

    A forgotten (mountain) paradiseStart: S.Cristina, village part Plesdinaz, 1600m; parking at the end of the village road, above Runcaudie, a group of farmsWalking time: 1 hr (from the parking lot)Character: Short, without any danger, but steepRefreshments: NoneMarking: Red-white-red, No. 20The deserted rock pulpit on the Sëuras- Hochalm is situated...

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  • Hiking the Dolomites

    See and hike the Dolomites in the summer - see some of my favourite places to hike in the travelogues. There are hiking trails for all abilities - numerous cable cars can give those that need it a head start . Experts can tackle the via ferrata routes (iron ladders) - I must admit I wasn't brave enough to try those :-SThe local tourist office can...

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  • The Hidden Valley

    This ski run has been described as one of the ten runs to ski before you die.I think it might be a bit overrated but it was certainly worth the experience.This is a long run down through a pretty spectacular valley with a restaurant halway down, it was a bit cold when we did it so we probably rushed a little and didn't do it justice.At the bottom...

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  • The Sella Ronda

    There are two well marked trails around the Sella massif, the green route and the orange route. The trails circle the large outcrop of rock and take you past the resorts of the Dolomiti Superski area.They are comfortable cruising runs which average intermediate skiiers could handle. It is not recommended to dally too long for fear of not making...

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  • Stations of the Cross

    There is a path running beneath the Stevia wall - starts in Daunei area and leads to the St Silvester chapel. This path is one of the oldest in Selva, has stunning scenery and is aslo a path of meditation as there are 14 stations of the cross, carved into tree trunks by local artists and the young people of the village in 1983.

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  • Vallunga Valley

    The Vallunga Valley in Selva is great for low level walks as well as tracks leading up to the Puez Odle park for more strenuous hikes.The valley in the winter time has a cross-country ski trail too. Near to the entrance of the valley is the tiny St Silverster's chapel - seen in the pic - which is worth a peep inside as you pass.

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  • Sassolungo Group

    Haha, it would be very difficult not to see this mountain group in Selva - it is quite prominent at this top end of the Val Gardena.We enjoyed hiking down the middle of this group - yes believe it or not there there is a chasm running down the inside of it! We also hiked around its base and admired it from the opposite side of the valley from the...

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  • Winter in the Dolomites

    Winter is also a wonderful time to explore the Dolomites. Paths are opened for winter walkers as well as pistes for the skiers...and sledge runs. In fact so many activities to enjoy. This view is of the Scillar range from Alp de Suisi - beautiful isn't it.

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  • Sella Pass - Magnificent Marmolada

    Winding up the road to the Sella Pass there is a wonderful view of the Marmolada - the highest mountain in the Dolomites. The massif that reaches 3342 m of altitude with the Punta Penta. This peak, together with Punta Rocca, forms the main range. The Punta Ombretta and Sasso Vernale are not so well known but are still part of the Marmolada. For...

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  • Sasso Ghiaccato

    This ist an ice wall, the end of Sasso Ghiaccato, between Lagazuoi and Armentarola. It's really worth to stop and take a look at this fantastic wall!

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  • Skiing

    Beautiful views into the mountains. The gondola takes you in a few minutes from passo Falzarego (2105 m) to Lagazuoi (2752 m) , from where you get a great view

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  • Hiking

    On our way down from Ciampinoi (2254 m) to Selva. I must say in wintertime you make it much faster and easier by skiing down!

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  • Pass Pordoi Road

    It takes the bus a good hour to get from Selva up to the Pass Pordoi. The sella group may look like one big mountain but there is actually a chasm/valley running through the middle. This valley can be hiked in summer and skied off piste in winter with a guide. Please note the Pass Pordoi funicular is not valid with the Gardena Pass - you'll have to...

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Selva di Val Gardena Hotels

  • Hotel La Pineta

    This hotel was very comfortable and the meals were excellent. The bar was a bit quiet and only used...

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  • Hotel Solaia

    Really good stay in a perfect central location in Selva di Val Gardena. Really located on the slopes...

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  • Hotel Aaritz

    Str Meisules 229, Selva Di Val Gardena, 39048, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Selva di Val Gardena Restaurants

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    at the top of the chairlift at 2100 m

    Favorite Dish: The local sausage, salami and ham with a glass of good italian wine!

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Selva di Val Gardena Transportation

  • Gardena Card

    You can fy from the UK to Innsbruck, Verona or Bolzano for shorter transfers. Once there make use of the 7 day Gardena Pass valid for gondolas and chairlifts and buses along the Gardena valley, including:-1. Cabin lift Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi 2. Chairlift Sole (Alpe di Siusi) 3. Chairlift Ortisei-Rasciesa 4. Cabin lift Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda 5....

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  • Rasciesa Chairlift

    If you are brave enough take this single chairlift ride from Ortisei up to Raschotz area and glide effortlessly up through the trees to a wonderful panorama at the top.The chailift has been operating since spring of 1952 and covers in about 15 minutes a height of more than 818m. It opens up lovely hiking possibiliites at the top - we enjoyed the...

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  • Gondola Ride

    A favourite gondola was the one up to Toni Demetz Rifugio (Sassolungo range) and a hair-raising walk down to the Rif. Vicenza. The gondolas are moving continuously so you need to be quick to jump on and only have room for 2-3 people each. They looked a bit like upright coffins to us.! The trail then leads around the outside of the Sassolungo to...

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Selva di Val Gardena Shopping

  • Eric Perathoner, the sculptor in action

    Eric was kind enough to help us pick out several things and also let us watch him at his work. We bought several small items of wood sculpture, but we decided to go with the things that were unpainted.. We go the "boy with accordion" and also a floral arrangement.

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  • Hand made sculptures

    This is a page from the catalog of Eric Perathoner. He does the sculpting by hand, sometimes using a book as reference for things that he cannot keep in front of him, like wild birds for instance.

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Selva di Val Gardena Local Customs

  • Wood Carving

    At the beginning of the 17th century Christian Trebinger, his brother Bartlmä, and Melchior Vinazer established a craft that is today inseparable from the name Val Gardena – wood carving. By the 18th century Val gardena was a major centre for such skills and today it is a modern industry. Many such crafted items can be found in selva as souvenirs...

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  • German/Italian

    In Selva you will find names of places are signed in Italian and German - for example selva is the Italin and Wolkenstein its german equivalent. Some people are quite stuffy about it too. We got on the bus once to take us back to Selva and having stated our destination in the Italian the driver looked so grumpy at us and barked out "no...

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  • Crucifixes

    The Italians are quite religious. Many crucifixes are seen in the dolomites and they always seem to have fresh flowers on them.

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Selva di Val Gardena Off The Beaten Path

  • Rock Face

    High above the Vallunga Valley of Selva, not far from the Puez Hutte as you make your ascent to the valley below, is this rock formation -can you see the face in it ?!

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  • Cortina VisitThe winter...

    Cortina VisitThe winter scenic winter views from Selva to Cortina via the Falzarego Pass will remain in my memory for many years - it was a stunning journey. Do you remmeber the Stallone film Cliffhanger? - well this is where it was filmed. A James Bond film has also used Cortina's setting. Cortina has wonderful views of the Tofane group and Monte...

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Selva di Val Gardena Sports & Outdoors

  • Alta Via 1

    This path crosses the Venetian or eastern Dolomites from north to south. The starting point is Lago di Bràies (Bolzano region) and ends in the Belluno region. You should allow 12 days for this hike.This link provides info on the route and accomodation in the huts on routehttp://www.dolomiti-altevie.it/inglese/altaVia/Home.asp?Body=doveThhis link...

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  • Dolomite hiking

    Alta Via 1 and 2 are the finest long-distance trails through the Dolomites. Alta Via 1 is 120km long and requires up to ten days; Alta Via 2 is 150km long, is generally higher and needs about 18 days.Running north/south through the heart of the Dolomites, the two trails connect the Tyrolean Val Pusteria with the fringes of the Venetian plain and...

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  • swimming

    Let your muscles relax in this romantic swimming pool. At least after half an hour you will feel fit again for the next day.

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Selva di Val Gardena Favorites

  • Rambles on Col Raiser

    Col Raiser (opposite to Sassolungo) can be reached by gondola from St Christina - just down the valley to Selva. There are several huts in this area so makes for an enjoyable days rambling and picnicing amidst specatular scenery of the Puez-Odle Park area. This hut is the Rif Firenza - also known as Regensburger Hutte - just look at those...

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  • Italian Alps - The Dolomites, typical...

    This is one of the more outstanding examples of the type of bare stone outcropping you can see in the Dolomite area of Italy. There is a sudden stop in the green foliage and from that point upward you see only bare, stark, cold, stone. But the contrast between the green of the valleys and the lighter color of the mountain makes for a very striking...

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  • Italian Alps - The Dolomites, lunch time

    As we were driving toward Marmolada we spotted this lonely picnic table and just could not pass it by. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch with some of the most amazing mountain views as our backdrop. Sometimes you would almost forget to chew ^L^ (yes, I said almost forget)....It was surprising to see that this type of roadside stop were few and very far...

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