Valparola Pass: South Tyrol and Veneto by motorbike

Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto by motorbike: between the trenches of the great war across the Valparola Pass and the Falzarego Pass.

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Motorbike ride between the San Cassiano Valley and Val Gardena, places of remembrance of the Great War. Itinerary and useful tips.

The Valparola Pass is located between Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto and, with the Col di Lana, offers a very interesting itinerary between the nature of the Dolomites and the history of the Forte dei Tre Sassi, dating back to the First World War.

Altitude (meters above sea level) 2.192 m
Length 30 Km
connection San Cassiano - Cortina d'Ampezzo (is)
Number of hairpin bends 29
What to see in the surroundings Valparola Lake, First World War trenches at Col di Lana, Forte Tre Sassi.
Typical dishes of the area Kaiserschmarrn (sweet omelette with blueberries), speck, game.
Winter closure No.
Road conditions and notes Excellent condition - Difficulty: easy

Content index

  1. Forte Tre Sassi and the museum of the great war
  2. Itinerary
  3. Data Room

Fort three Sassi:

Built between 1897 and 1901 by the Austro-Hungarian army, the Fort was located on the border with the Kingdom of Italy. Fortification of logistical importance, it was equipped with 4 cannons and 4 machine guns that were to be used to curb the Italian advance towards the Val Badia and the Val Pusteria, then still under Austrian control.

Irremediably damaged by the Italians in 1915, it was abandoned by the Austrians and, after the 2007s, it was used as a museum. Restored in XNUMX, today it is an important historical place where you can retrace the trenches and events of the Great War.


Let's start with San Cassiano to travel the few kilometers that separate us from Passo Valword, in fact, through the SP37 it takes about twenty minutes to arrive. The well-maintained road and the soft and never demanding curves allow us a relaxed drive and we can admire the Col di Lana that stands out in front of us at the Val di San Cassiano. Without even realizing it, we pass by Trentino Alto Adige al Veneto and the road takes the name of SP24 del Passo Valparola.

Arrived at the pass we can stop at Valparola lake and then continue towards the museum of Forte Tre Sassi, fascinating testimony of the great war. After a bit of healthy culture, let's get back to the motorcycle taking the SR48 to make two curves towards the Passo Falzarego and then down, for the last stretch of road that will lead us to the goal: the note Cortina d'Ampezzo.


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