Vigo di Fassa Travel Guide
Going up Passo Pordoi
Mobile sardine city
Affittacamere Rosalpina: Ski lodge
The Mattioli family run this three storey establishment. Mum runs the accommodation and dad runs the adjacent garage.The room consisted of a double bed, cupboard, sink, table and two chairs. The shower and toilets were a shared affair. The room was clean and the one I had...
La Grotta: Restorant pizzeria
This place was recommended. I went there. Three times. Enough said.
Food was very good, service in the same vein and nice atmosphere.
My average bill was around 17 euros for a complete meal.
Favorite Dish: Tacchino Porri
Written May 29, 2004
Address: Strada de Masc Ren 1
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- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Here, you're either skiing, walking or biking.
Rather obviously, since I was here in winter, I was engaged in the former.
Equipment: I hired from Tony Sport which was straight across the road from me and I found them very helpful and well stocked with gear, inasmuch as they had a good assortment of skis from beginner to expert.
Written May 29, 2004
Address: Strada Rezia 11
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- Hiking and Walking
- Skiing and Boarding
- Mountain Climbing
Just do it
Jason is quitting half way down and he's about to walk with his skis off. The guide and his mates urge him to do otherwise to no avail. He's exhausted.I sidle over and chide him, "You're not going to go home and have to tell people an Aussie beat you down the slope. Don't...
The road out
I was heading towards Cortina on my last day. The word from my landlady was that Passo Pordoi was closed. The word from her husband at the garage was that Passo Falzarego, near Cortina, was closed.Others thought they were both closed but someone said Pordoi was open.So it...
This photo is a record but unfortunately it doesn't begin to depict how awesome it was standing a couple of hundred metres away from an 864 metre sheer cliff where Hollywood movies had been made of the subject.You need to get far away and use a telephoto to get some...
Even with the swirling, low-slung cloud that brought the snows every night partly obscuring the view you could feel the presence of these mountains.If you're there in summer the most popular viewpoints are Pecol and Col dei Rossi from where you can view the Sasso Lungo,...
Campitello to Col Rodella
I had checked the maps out the night before and decided it was Sass Pordoi for me, but life doesn't always go according to plan. I quote here from my Emails:-THE QUEUEIt's funny the directions life can take. For instance, this morning I drove a few kilometres to Campitello...
A Ladin affair
The Ladin language is a still-used, still-taught language in the Dolomites of northern Italy and the local people are also preserving what is left of the culture. In addition to the museum at S. Martino (in my Italy pages) there is a new museum featuring the ethnographic...
When you head slightly west it takes you downhill from where you can catch either of two chairlifts. I'd recommend the enclosed one as it takes you up to a delightful trio of runs. From the same point there is an easy, an intermediate and an expert run. They only take a...
Hit the slopes
Less than 200 metres from my accommodation was a cable car. This sort of thing is a rarity in Australia. You just can't get on-snow accommodation unless you know someone or are prepared to pay an arm and a leg.
It took me to a delightful bowl below the Catinaccio...
One of the better known villages in Val di Fassa is Canazei.I hadn't actually planned on going there but after the trauma of the two hour descent from Sass Pordoi I got desperate on the way back to Vigo di Fassa and took a wrong turn. I had an inkling almost immediately when...
Gruppo del Sella
Email continued:-The four English guys had hired a guide so I decide to go with them as one appears to be about my standard - on this heartbreaking slope - pathetically poor!The group has to constantly wait for him as he loses skis in the deep snow and has extreme difficulty...
View from the top
Email continued:-Never mind, I can handle the groomed slopes, no matter how steep.My only real concern is the lack of people. Everywhere else was busy but only about 15 are aboard here.As we ascend voices beside are conversing in English, that blessed language. It's so good...
Again I delve into my Emails to try and capture some of the emotion of the day:- THE DAYAs Hamish said, "Now you'll have bragging rights over anyone who's never been here." Amen to that. Ronnie and Jas particularly take note. Only Rosemarie can attest to how staggering the...
At 2,950 metres it's a bit of a standout amongst many dramatic peaks in the Dolomites. While driving out on the last day I took this picture. It's the sort of spectacle that beckons you to unload your camera, even though you're on a snow and ice covered road without chains...
On my way
The route to some of the higher places can be confusing to say the least. After I alighted at Col Rodella I actually had to ski downhill, catch a lift up, then down again, then another cable car and then a covered chair and I'd only arrived at Belvedere, one of the most...
Check this out!
What you have to do here is blow this photo up. Look carefully and you will notice something above the cable car. Actually, it's not a something, it's a someone - and the cable car is moving! This has to be one of the world's ten worst jobs, maintenance on a moving...
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