Extending along the Avisio river, Val di Fiemme is bordered to the West by the Monte Corno Nature Park, to the North by the Latemar Dolomite ranges and the Pale di San Martino (UNESCO World Heritage Site), to the East by the Paneveggio Nature Park, considered one of the most beautiful and important in Europe, and to the South by the wild Lagorai chain with the Cermis Alp.
The valley is an immense green area crossed by a beautiful cycling trail and by numerous paths; here you can do sports and relax, both right up close with nature or in one of the numerous wellness hotels. During the summer months, Val di Fiemme offers a huge programme of opportunities to do sports, from mountain excursions along the Latemar Trekking trails to mountain biking along the Dolomiti Lagorai Bike circuit, to the many adventure parks and to the Latemar Montagnanimata entertainments for kids of all ages.
In winter Val di Fiemme is special because of the two sports you can do even at the most advanced levels-Alpine Skiing and cross-country skiing-without neglecting the numerous après-ski goings-on. Val di Fiemme, renowned as the mecca of cross-country skiing, hosts the World Cup competition in this categories well as other important competitions like the Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa.
You can use the ski areas with the Dolomiti Superski skipass that will allow you access to the slopes of the Ski Center Latemar, AlpeCermis, Bellamonte-AlpeLusia, Passo Lavazè and Oclini, with over 100km of downhill slopes. You can do cross-country skiing in the cross-country ski centres at Passo Lavazè and in Lago di Tesero, as well as along the Marcialonga track route.
Val di Fiemme is surrounded by two natural parks and stunning Dolomite peaks, that Unesco declared World Heritage Site – Corno Bianco, dominating the South-Tyrolean canyon of Bletterbach, Mountain group of Latemar, with its incredible tops, and the park Paneveggio Pale di San Martino.
Fiemme is famous for being “The Valley of Harmony” thanks to the prestigious resonance trees used to realize sounding boards for pianos and violins, once appreciated by Stradivari and nowadays still wanted by internationally-famous luthiers. You can breathe and hear the melody of nature in the Forests of Violins or in the Sounding Forest, where worldwide famous musicians “adopt” their favorite spruce.
For this valley breathing the oxygen produced by 60 million trees (a survey says that there are 20 trees per tourist) is not enough: as a matter of fact it loves taking challenges to conquer new records. All you have to do is believe that, every day, over a third of the twenty thousand inhabitants are using heat or electricity from alternative renewable sources, like the two big district heating plants (Cavalese, Predazzo) and the widest ground photovoltaic plant of Italy (Carano). Fiemme, is the leading Italian resort in waste collection – we have already won the Special Award dedicated to the most Recycling Places in Italy.
In 2003 Fiemme was the first valley to eco-certify its forests, carefully managed by the thousand-year old institution, the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme. In Val di Fiemme, in 2003, we organized the first Eco-certified Nordic World Ski Championships. Since then, Fiemme has been planning and promoting eco-sustainable events, empowering the use of bikes, car-free days and giving the possibility of living environmental-friendly holidays. Furthermore, we have created a network of enterprises and entrepreneurs – the club is called “Fiemme PIACE” (Passion, Innovation, Affinity, Competences, Eco-sustainability, acronym of “LIKE” in Italian [translator’s note]), that share and support eco-friendly projects.
With more than 110 kilometres of ski slopes, immerge yourself in the natural paradise of the Ski Center Latemar, down the 50 km of slopes connecting Pampeago, Predazzo and Obereggen. In the Bellamonte-Alpe Lusia skiarea, the ski slopes caress the boundaries of the Natural Park of Paneveggio Pale di S. Martino. The slopes at Passo Rolle lie in the fabulous reign of the majestic Pale di S. Martino. From Skiarea Alpe Cermis – the home of the longest slope of the valley, the 7.5-km-long Olimpia – your eyes get lost in one of the most enchanting landscapes of the Dolomites. Another wonderful place where you can get captivated by the dawn and sunset colours reflecting on the limestone mountains at Passo di Lavazé-Occlini, the place where downhill meets cross country skiing.
Cavalese offers its guests plenty of opportunities to go skiing and to enjoy themselves on the snow in winter, and mountain hikes, horse-back rides and mountain biking excursions during the summer months.
Cavalese is spread out over a sunny terrace 1,000m above sea level, just in front of the Lagorai mountain range.
In the town centre the shop windows are full of hand-crafted goods and clothes; there are pubs, wine bars, a disco, highly rated restaurants, historic palazzo and modern sports facilities like the ice rink and the public swimming pool with an external and internal whirlpools.
The Alpe Cermis lift installations, starting from the town center, bring skiers and excursionists up towards spectacular Dolomite sceneries. Taking the cable-cars you can also get to the Dolomite cycling track and, in winter, the cross-country skiing trail of the Marcialonga.
Don’t pass up a visit to the Parco della Pieve, the Palazzo of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme with the witch prisons and the Center of Contemporary Art.
Downhill ski lovers can enjoy 23 km runs in this ski area, which can be reached via Cavalese.
All levels of skiing are offered; beginners can start at the 2000 m a.s.l. and expert skiers try the very challenging Olimpia run – it is 7.5 km long and covers a difference in altitude of 1,400 metres.
The area is equipped with cutting edge lift systems consisting of 3 cableways seating 8 per car, 3 automatic hook-up four-seat chair lifts, 1 ski lift and a beginners’ moving walkway, plus high altitude mountain huts that offer hot local dishes, ski schools and ski equipment rentals. Families will enjoy the magical realm of CermisLandia, a lovely snow playground and kindergarten where qualified personnel will entertain the kids with various activities and animation programmes while the parents relax and ski at will.
The town, 1,000m above sea level, is renowned for its ancient views and for its artistic hand-crafted goods, the furniture manufacturers and the production of sound boards for pianos and violins. At Christmas one-hundred cribs appear in the alleys, in the courtyards, in windows and stables, for the major event Tesero e i suoi Presepi (Tesero and its cribs). Each summer the event Le corte de Tiezer commemorates ancient practices and traditions.
The cross-country centre at Lago di Tesero is home to the Nordic skiing World Championships (1991, 2003, 2013). The lift installations of the Pampeago hamlet will take you to the ski carousel of the Ski Center Latemar in winter and in summer they’ll take you to the art park RespirArt and to the themed trails of Latemarium. On bike you can explore the Dolomites cycling track , the mountain bike trails and the “pink climb” of the Giro d’Italia. In Stava the indoor rock climbing is also very popular.
Highly tipical of Predazzo are the tabià, special buildings where animals were kept and country work carried out.
The most highly populated town in Val di Fiemme, 1000 meters above sea level, it boasts the highest concentration of geological varieties in the world, all of which can be admired on the Doss Capèl geological trail and in the Museo Geologico delle Dolomiti.
The lift installations will take you to the Ski Center Latemar, with about 46km of slopes, and to the skiarea Bellamonte-Alpe Lusia, amidst the fir and spruce trees of the Paneveggio Nature Park. Predazzo is also the home to the Ski Jumping Stadium, which has played host to three Nordic skiing World Championships. Amongst the fairy-tale like places aimed at kids, there are the Montagna Animata (animated mountain) with its Foresta dei Draghi (forest of dragons) (cable-car Predazzo-Gardoné) and the Giro d’Ali with its water games (Bellamonte, chairlift Castelir-Le Fassane).
In the historic centre you can see frescoes and fountains, and a little further away there is a public swimming pool surrounded by greenery. The path that leads to the Sottosassa ravine is stunning with its waterfalls and porphyry walls kitted out for climbing. In Valmaggiore you will find the Bosco che Suona (the sounding wood), where the resonating fir trees have been “christened” by musicians of international acclaim.
Panchià is located in the heart of Val di Fiemme, at the foot of the Cornon massif and Monte Agnello and along the Avisio stream. It used to be mainly a farming town, but nowadays its economy is based on tourism and handicraft.
From Panchià it is easy to reach the main ski areas of the area, such as Ski Center Latemar, Alpe Cermis and Bellamonte-Alpe di Lùsia. There are also numerous downhill-runs winding all the way through the valley, the cross-country ski centres, the track for the Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa competition.
Among the highlights to see, the town features the parish church of S. Valentino, dating back to 1190, the wooden bridge of Panchià with its two-pitch roof, and the Gothic-style frescoed aedicula called Capitèl dei Nastasi.
The sunniest town in the whole area, Daiano is located very close to Varena, on the road to Lavazè Pass, in the very heart of the Val di Fiemme valley. Thanks to its strategic location, it is the ideal base to reach the main ski areas of Val di Fiemme for downhill skiing – Alpe Cermis and Ski Center Latemar – and for cross-country skiing – Lavazè cross-country ski centre, which is one of the most popular ski centres in the whole area.
The town features an interesting historical castle, Castel Croda, a very large Gothic style building, where refugees used to hide in past times. The huge fountains carved from a single porphyry block are also remarkable.
Ziano di Fiemme
Located in the middle of Val di Fiemme, Ziano is a picturesque group of villages perched on the alluvial plain of Avisio stream. The town-centre is surrounded by fir-woods, but also wide meadows, mostly flat.
Thanks to the Latemar and Cermis facilities for downhill skiing provided with a convenient ski bus service, Ziano is an ideal venue for a winter vacation. The cross-country ski-runs are also very close to the town-centre.
Belvedere village features a very popular snow park for kids, and Val di Fiemme organizes numerous activities for children. Ski facilities for kids are available at Pampeago, the Latemar Ski Center and Alpe Cermis.