Dolomites cycling tours near Arabba
High passes and peaks
Our hotel is located in Arabba, the perfect starting point for Dolomites cycling tours. These mountains are a Unesco World Heritage site with classical and well-known sights awaiting those who decide to spend their holidays here.
The first one is Sellaronda, one of the most famous tours, also known as Tour of the four passes: it covers the high passes that connect the valleys which surround the Sella group:
- Sella Pass, between Val Gherdëina and Fascia Valley;
- Pordoi Pass, between Arabba and Fascia Valley;
- Campolongo Pass, between Arabba and Val Badia;
- Gardena Pass, between Val Badia and Val Gherdëina.
Each year, at the beginning of summer, it is time for the Sellaronda Bike Day, one of the most popular non-competitive cycling races open to everybody that comprises all four passes, resulting in 58km of road.
Other perfect locations for Dolomites cycling tours are:
- Marmolada, also known as Queen of the Dolomites, mostly known for Punta Penia (3,348m), the highest peak of these mountains, and for its enormous glacier;
- Passo Fedaia (2,057m), the pass at the foot of Marmolada which also has an artificial lake;
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo, among the most well-known and characteristic ones of the Dolomites;
- Giau Pass (2,236m), from where you can have a spectacular view of the main Dolomite peaks of the region;
- Forcella Staulanza (1,773m) and Duran Pass (1,605m), which are often stages of Giro d'Italia.
Arabba is the perfect starting point for all most important and interesting Dolomite destinations.
History and culture
This region was once at the border between the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy and one of the most crucial battlegrounds during World War I. The surrounding peaks still carry the signs of that conflict: just think of wartime tunnels on Lagazuoi, Cinque Torri, the famous Col di Lana and the "city of ice" at Marmolada.
Within a 20 km radius from Arabba there are three of the most important museums on World War I:
- Museum of the Great War on Marmolada, the highest museum in Europe (3,000m);
- Museo della Grande Guerra in Cortina d'Ampezzo at 3 Sassi Fortress on Valparola Pass;
- the permanent exhibition about the Great War on Pordoi Pass with a German military cemetery.
Dolomites cycling tours are the ideal way to retrace the borders of World War I, combining history and spectacular views.