Arabba in the summer


Arabba is a small hamlet of Livinallongo del Col di Lana, located in the Venetian Val di Fodom at 1602 meters above sea level, in the shadow of the Sella Group and close to the Pordoi Pass and the Campolungo Pass, thanks to which it communicates with Trentino Alto Adige.

Arabba turns out to be a perfect tourist destination in every season: if in winter it is perfect for ski lovers, being part of the "Dolomiti Superski Ski Area", in summer it comes alive with life and colours, with the possibility of practicing outdoor activities or excursions in the lush Fodom Valley, where there is no shortage of historical evidence linked to the Great War.

Certainly Arabba is little touched by mass tourism compared to nearby towns, proving perfect for those who want a relaxing holiday.

What to do and what to see in Arabba

Summer in Arabba will prove to be a real surprise for tourists because they will certainly never get bored, given the amount of activities they can carry out during the summer season, among nature and breathing the clean air that characterizes every place in the Dolomites.

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Le excursions are the perfect way to discover the scenic and historical beauties of Arabba and there are routes suitable for everyone, both the most experienced and trained and for families with children: there is even the possibility of participating in tours with tourist guides, who will reveal the secrets of the places that will be discovered, the flora, the fauna, the traditions and also the geological aspects.

marmolada seen from arabba

Even lovers of two wheels will have the opportunity to give vent to their passion, come on e-bikemountain bike e Road bike: in addition to gentle routes through the typical landscapes of the Dolomites, there are high-altitude off-road routes, complete with adrenaline-fueled descents and gradients.

This is where the Sella Ronda Bike path passes, allowing you to travel along the routes for mountain bikes that connect the 4 passes and the 4 valleys of the Dolomites at the foot of the Sella Group.

A holiday in Arabba invites you to visit the village, starting from Old Mill where in the past rye and barley were ground: the building is a true work of mechanical engineering, albeit made with poor materials such as the sturdy wood with which the gears were made.

Moving to the nearby hamlet of Pieve di Livinallongo there is a bronze statue to which an ancient legend is linked: it represents Katharina Lanz, the girl who at the age of 25 faced, alone and with a simple pitchfork, the Napoleonic troops to defend the ancient Arabba Fodom.

In the square of the same town stands the "Museum of History, Uses, Customs and Traditions of the Ladin People". Its 2000 exhibits, including objects, photos and documents, are distributed in four rooms dedicated to: Ladin society, customs and territory; to work tools and crafts; the fauna, flora and geology of the area; to the Great War that took place on the Col di Lana and to the history of Andraz Castle.

The Castle itself is one of the places to absolutely see during a holiday in Arabba: the fortress, dating back to 1027 and located 17 km from Arabba, at the foot of the Falzarego Pass. It has always had great strategic importance within the Fodom Valley, controlling the Tyrolean border and trade routes. In the mid-400s the scientist and cardinal Cusano retired there, precisely calculating the day of the winter solstice.
Today part of the walls and the original structure can be identified and, from the original entrance, one enters the Museum dedicated to the history of the Castle.

Places of the Great War in Arabba

Organizing a holiday in Arabba also means getting to know the places of the Great War, where the Austro-Hungarian and Italian troops fought. To get the best of it, the soldiers built trenches and tunnels, often using explosives to destroy the enemy positions: through the path 21 / A towards the Col di Lana, you cross the Mount Sief where the crater created by the mines detonated by the Italian troops is still visible.

Many were the dead children of the First World War and many rest today at the Military Memorial of the Pordoi Pass, built more than 2200 meters high. Here is also the "Museum of the Great War Col di Lana Monte di Sangue", complete with objects, uniforms and reconstructions of trenches.
Another shrine is present in Salesei at the top of Col di Lana, next to a chapel where a mass is celebrated in honor of the fallen on the first Sunday in August.

La Ferrata of the Trenches it is a great way to retrace the places of the Great War, even if only suitable for expert hikers. From the Fedaia Pass (reachable from Porta Vescovo which can be reached from Arabba by cable car), you cross impervious sections, between vertical ropes, suspension bridges and descents with steel cables: you enter the war path between dry stone walls, tunnels and natural platforms where the field kitchens stood.

Lake and waterfall in Arabba

Starting from Arabba and following the Cordevole torrent, you can reach the pretty one lake of Porta Vescovo: the walk takes about 1 hour and a half, is made up of some panoramic hairpin bends with a view of the Sella Group and is also ideal for families.

A valid alternative, accessible to all, is the path Teriol De Retic leading to the Retiz waterfall: starting from Pieve di Livinallongo, you pass through agglomerations of houses dotted with tabia to then reach the waterfall, which flows between high rocky walls that reveal different geological eras. Passing behind the veil of water, you take a circular route that takes you back to Pieve.

Path overlooking the Marmolada

Also spectacular are the excursions to the rocky pinnacles of the Bec de Roces and especially the Viel del Pan, an ancient commercial road used to transport goods to the Val Cordevole: from Arabba it can be reached by cableway Porta Vescovo from which you proceed along path no. 601, walking on the ridge of the Fedaia Pass, with a constant view of the Marmolada glacier and Lake Fedaia below.

From the same Passo Fedaia and from the refuge of the same name, you can go up to the 2407 meters of the Padon refuge, and then continue along the CAI path n.680 with the Marmolada and Lake Fedaia always in the background.

Padon refuge in summer with a view of the Marmolada

At 19 km it is instead Rocca Pietore, in the Alto Agordino, whose fraction of Sottoguda it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, with its tabia in stone and wood and those workshops where wood and wrought iron are worked that arise on the road that leads to the Malga Ciapèla, located at the foot of the Marmolada: from here, through the cable car, you can reach the top of Punta Rocca where there is a terrace with one of the most beautiful views of the Dolomites.

Holidays in Arabba

Between excursions in the open air, visits to museums and sites linked to the Great War, a week would not be enough to fully enjoy Arabba: in fact, the village also invites you to spend days of pure relaxation, spent among artisan markets and walks in the woods in search of chanterelles or porcini mushrooms.

Arabba is considered an excellent starting point not only to explore the Dolomites of Veneto, but also the neighboring ones of Trentino and Alto Adige. Moreover, the living room in Veneto it is more economically advantageous compared to the neighboring region, being an area much less frequented by mass tourism and which, precisely for this reason, offers the opportunity to visit still authentic mountain places.

Le accommodation There are many in the area and they meet every need: there are hotels, farm holidays, B & Bs suitable for families with children, complete with dedicated play areas, but also for young people and sportsmen. Do not forget the refuges and mountain huts, perfect for staying at the foot of large mountain ranges, enjoying the most authentic cuisine, starting with the excellent dessert crafons mori based on vanilla ice cream and forest fruit jam.

There are also Bikers Friendly Hotel, dedicated to welcoming motorcyclists in particular, to whom they provide a series of ad hoc services such as a list of workshops, maps, proposals for motorbike tours, information on weather conditions.

Arabba summer holidays

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