Dolomites driving route: from Ora to Catinaccio and Pordoi
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An unforgettable trip through valleys and harbors, lakes and peaks. Let nature drag you.

The Dolomites include three provinces: Trento, Bolzano and Belluno. If you come from Verona airport, you will have to rent a car and take the wonderful Modena-Brenner motorway towards Brenner. Exit at the Ora station and take the national road in the direction of Cavalese.

Dolomites driving route: typical house in Fiemme Valley

Dolomites driving route: typical house in Fiemme Valley Pietro Zanarini. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Cavalese is the capital of the Val di Fiemme, a spacious and sunny alpine valley which will lead you to the nice village of Predazzo.

Dolomites driving route: Cavalese, Fiemme valley

Dolomites driving route: Cavalese, Fiemme valley Btristan. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Dolomites driving route: landscape near Predazzo

Dolomites driving route: landscape near Predazzo Matt Lodi. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Val di Fassa begins here, where you can admire the wonderful spectacle of the Dolomitic peaks of Catinaccio - , the “Rose Garden” (Rosengarten) in German.

Dolomites driving route: Catinaccio

Dolomites driving route: Catinaccio Batintherain. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

I recommend you to watch this mountain range at sunset in order to enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the pink mountains (read also Why are the Dolomites pink at sunset and sunrise?).

Dolomites driving route: drive to 2,200 meters asl

During your visit, continue to drive until the beautiful village of Canazei, capital of the Val di Fassa and go up to Passo Pordoi (2,229 m) dominated by Sasso Pordoi which reaches 2,950 m.

Dolomites driving route: from Canazei to Passo Pordoi

Dolomites driving route: from Canazei to Passo Pordoi Jussarian. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s likely you want to leave the car and get on the beautiful cableway linking the Passo with the peak. You will enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the world - .

Dolomites driving route: Sass Pordoi from the Pass

Dolomites driving route: Sass Pordoi (at left) from the Pass Son of Groucho. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

Dolomites driving route: view from Sass Pordoi, Sassolungo and Sella Group

Dolomites driving route: view from Sass Pordoi, Sassolungo and Sella Group Jussarian. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

If you like exclusive places and high class places, I recommend you to continue until Cortina d’Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites. You will have to go down until the village of Arabba and then pass the Passo Falzarego. Cortina is a real city, quite different from the mountain villages around, and is the highlight of the tour that I am recommending you.

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