Lake of Fedaia

Lake of Fedaia

The Dolomites are one of the many UNESCO sites present on Italian territory: it is these Pale Mountains that act as a wonderful backdrop to verdant valleys and bodies of water that contribute to making these landscapes fairy-tale lands to be experienced and discovered.

Not only nature, but also mankind contributed to making the Dolomite landscapes the wonder that the whole world envies and the Fedaia Lake, nestled in the shadow of the Fassa Dolomites, is the proof of this, having been born following the construction of a dam in the 50s.

Discovering Lake Fedaia

Lake Fedai is a lake located at 2054 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Marmolada and almost entirely occupies the vast plain of the Fedaia Pass, in the heart of Canazei, a mountain village in the province of Trento.

In reality it is right to speak of two lakes: the first, larger, was formed following the construction of the Controdiga di Maria al Lago, 60 meters high; the smallest of the Fedaia lakes, on the other hand, is natural and was formed after a morainic dam.

The dam is also accessible by car but to get to the shore of the lake located at the foot of the Marmolada, you can only proceed on foot.

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Beyond this monumental construction there are many shelters where you can stop and relax outdoors, perhaps enjoying a yogurt or a slice of strudel, enjoying the beauty of the lake.

There is also the unmissable "Museum of the Great War 1914-1918", a memory of that terrible conflict which was also fought in the mountains surrounding the Val di Fassa, in particular at the top of the Marmolada.

Inside there are artifacts and memorabilia, including uniforms, weapons, first aid and sewing kits, plates for the recognition of the fallen and even an Erika typewriter.

What to do and what to see

Lake Fedaia can be reached both from the Trentino side of Canazei by car, covering approximately ten kilometers until reaching the dam, or by cable car starting from the village of Malga Ciapela.

From Lake Fedaia it is possible to undertake another excursion on a circular path overlooking the Marmolada glacier and the Sella Group. It starts from the northern side of the dam and takes path no. 698 which, passing green meadows, reaches Porta Vescovo and the Gorza Refuge.

Here there is also a cable car that leaves from Arabba, widely used especially in summer also by bikers who want to go on excursions to the summit with their mountain bikes. Continue on path n.680 towards the Padon Refuge and, between ups and downs, you reach the Fedaia Pass and then the lake of the same name: a stone's throw away is the "Ferrata delle Trincee", which allows you to visit the fortifications created here by the Italians and the Austro-Hungarian troops in the course of the First World War.

From Lake Fedaia there are a series of paths that can only be covered with a mountain guide or in any case by very experienced hikers.


Places to stay to visit Lake Fedaia

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