In this section you'll find some tips about tours that we would like to suggest and museum in the area:
Tour to Val Ombretta:
One of the most fascinating trail you can do in the area in the one to reach Valle Ombretta. Starting from the camping you take the road on your right, the path is not difficult but you'll always have to climb. But the effort will worth it, the view on the south side of Marmolada is amazing. Here you can find Malga Ombretta (1904 mt), where you can rest after walking, eat something and buy some local cheese. Going on you can also reech Rifugio Fallier (2074 mt), from there the most trained one can reach Bivacco Bianco. Valle Ombretta is also the a meeting point for climbers who climb this steep side of the Marmolada. If you are lucky you can also see marmots and rock goats.
Tour to Rifugio Padon on the "sentiero degli obici":
Another interesting path is the "sentiero degli obici", it starts from Fedaia pass and arrives to Refuge Padon. Obici (engl. howitzer) are artillery, which were used also during the First World War, which was for long fought in this area by italians and austrians. Not far from Rifugio Fedaia, where the path starts, you can see the first remains of the war: a black rock was digged by soldiers to create a shelter, on the top a little hole let the soldiers check the enemies. Continuing the path, on the right you can find a rock marking the old border between Italy and Austria.The path rises again arriving to a fork, on your left the shortest way to reach Rifugio Padon, on your right the way continues to Pianoro di Agnerezze and Crepe Rosse. If you choose the second option you'll walk where during the war there were soldier's shelters, you'll also see sconce and traces of trenches.Going further you'll reach Padon Pass from where there's an amazing view over Sella, Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto mountains. From here you'll quickly reach Rifugio Padon, where you'll be delighted to taste the traditional food home made in the Rifugio. (Path sponsored by Rifugio Padon and Federazione italiana escursionismo – Pedia davò pedia)
Tour to Sottoguda and Serrai:
The village of Sottoguda, worth a visit, it still has his ancient houses and barns. The artisan workshops at Sottoguda are well worth a visit to watch highly skilled craftsman transform iron and wood into objects that are utterly unique. The Marmolada area is also a treasure trove for the Ladin culture and tradition. The orgaisation "Union di Ladins de Rocia" is committed to preserving the Ladin language and all the customs that go with it. One can reach the village from the camping walking through the Serrai di Sottoguda, a natural canyon excavate by river Pettorina, which now is a natural park.
Discover traditional food:
The area is also famous for traditional food. Simple but delicious recipes cleverly put together with consummate skill and using such authentic local ingredients as speck (bacon) and malga cheeses, form the basis of the local Marmolada cuisine. There are the "casonziei" half-moon shaped ravioli, stuffed with pumpkin and flavoured with smoked ricotta and melted butter, plus other fillings like spinach, potato and wild herbs. Then there are "turtole", circular pasta cushions filled with sauerkraut or spinach and deep fried in siyyling oil. Along with "casonzei", one of the most famous local dishes is "bale", dumplings with speck, spinach or cheese and served with veal, either in a soup or with salad. Other local dishes to try are game served with polenta and "menestra da orz", a hearty barley soup with smoked shin of pork. There are plenty of desserts to choose from, such as "fiorostide" or "tortiei da pom", apple fritters. The crowning glory of the culinary tradition are the grappas flavoured with cumin, mountain pine, juniper, blueberries and wild strawberries.
Spending holidays in the Dolomites will let you discover the beautiful nature and mountains, but thanks to many museums you'll discover the traditions and the history of the area:
- The Marmolada Museum of Great War is located on the mount Marmolada, this is precisely why it's the highest museum in Europe (3000 mt). Here you can see many finds, left by the italian and austrian soldiers. You can reach the museum, which is located in Punta Serauta, with the cable car from Malga Ciapela. Guided tour of them museum previous reservance at number 0039 334 6794461. From Punta Serauta you can take another cable car to Punta Rocca and admire from the terrace the landascape of the Dolomites. More information here. Guided tour of the trenches on the top of Marmolada, for reservation here or call 0039 348 2925 006.
- In Fedaja pass (few km from the camping), easily reachable by car, you can find the Museum of 1914 – 1918 War in Marmolada, the owner of the museum found himself many objects used during the war in Marmolada, many of them re-emerged after the glacier melted. With a rope way, from the museum, you can also reach the Pian dei Fiacconi near the Marmolada's glacier. More information here.
- Museum Vittorino Cazzetta is located in Selva di Cadore (15 km from campsite). It is a Paleontological, Archaeological and Historical Museum whose main findings consist of a mesolithic burial plant complete with a funeral set found in Mondeval de Sora and a huge map of the surface of a boulder fallen from Monte Pelmetto with dinosaur prints. Find more information here.
- In Colle Santa Lucia (16 km from campsite) you can visit the Cesa de Jan, an house built in 1612 who now host a collection of traditional objects and clothes. With a guided tour you can also visit the Miniere del Fursil, ancient iron mines. The iron mined here was used from Bressanone to Venice! Every information you need can be found here.
- 24 km from the camping, in the municipality of Livinallongo del Col di Lana, you can visit the ruins of Andraz Castle (here the link to the museum page). Here is hosted a museum illustrating the history of the surrounding area, wich was under the administration of Bressanone bishop.
- In Canale d'Agordo (28 km from Malga Ciapela) there's a museum dedicated to Pope Giovanni Paolo I (Albino Luciani), who was born in that village. In Museo Albino Luciani you'll discover life of this suddenly dead pope. All the information here.
- In Feder, not far from Canale d'Agordo, in an old cheese factory you can visit the Dairy Museum. Open only under previous booking, you will see the objects used in the past to produce cheese. More information here.
- Falcade, few kms from Canale d'Agordo, is the home town of the contemporary artist Augusto Murer. In Museo Murer you can see his works, many placed in the garden. Here all the information.
- In Taibon Agordino, 30 km from Malga Ciapela, there is the Museum of Firefighter. It is a small exposition about objects and history of this volounteer corps. Here you can check the web page.
- The Museo del seggiolaio (chair maker), is in Gosaldo, one hour from Malga Ciapela. Here there's a collection of traditional tools used in the past, especially those linked with the work of chair maker. Here all the information.
- In Belluno, one hour from campsite, there's the Museo Naturalistico delle Dolomiti bellunesi in which are collected sections of dolomiti flora. Here the link to the web page of the museum.
- MuBel Museum is in Belluno and host collections of different artists from the area or that worked in the area, there's also an archeological section in the museum. Here all the information.
- In Museum Valentino del Fabbro, in Belluno, ther is a collection of tools related to the trades of the past, collected by the founder over the years:tools for haymaking, blacksmith's and stone cutter's working tools. Click here for all the inormation.