Passo Giau

Passo Giau

Il Passo Giau is an enchanting alpine pass at 2236 meters above sea level, known for its breathtaking 360° views of the Venetian Dolomites.

Passo Giau is one of the Dolomites passes to visit absolutely in summer, it is an unforgettable experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Dolomites and experience the nature of these places. Whether you are a hiker, a cyclist, a nature lover or a simple mountain enthusiast, Passo Giau offers something extraordinary for everyone.

To reach the Giau Pass, it is possible to take the Provincial Road 638 from Colle Santa Lucia to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Nature and History

Passo Giau, located between the municipalities of Colle Santa Lucia and Selva di Cadore and the famous Cortina d'Ampezzo, is located in an area of ​​exceptional natural beauty. Its position, at the foot of the Dolomite peaks of Nuvolau and Averau, allows access to numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty.

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The surrounding landscape offers a view of imposing peaks such as the Pale di San Martino, the Marmolada, the Piz Boè and the Setsass, it is a true feast for the eyes. The area is also rich in history: it is possible to reach the Alpe di Mondeval, where the "Mondeval Man" was found, an ancient inhabitant of the Dolomites who lived about 7000 years ago.


Passo Giau is a paradise for hikers. There are several possibilities for trekking, from simpler routes to more demanding routes. For example, you can opt for a walk to the Averau Refuge, or take the excursion to the Nuvolau Refuge and the Cinque Torri, an unforgettable experience.

The area around Passo Giau is marked by a network of well-marked and maintained paths that lead to the discovery of the most beautiful and evocative panoramas of the Dolomites. Since these are high-altitude routes, one's level of training and the weather conditions of the high mountains must always be considered.


Passo Giau is not only a privileged destination for hikers but it is also a place loved by cyclists. With its 29 hairpin bends, the climb to Passo Giau has been tackled several times during the Giro d'Italia and the Marathon of the Dolomites, and is known for its difficulty and spectacularity.

Cyclists can choose between two sides to tackle the ascent: from Selva di Cadore or from Pocol, a small hamlet above Cortina d'Ampezzo. No matter which route you choose, the ascent to Passo Giau offers breathtaking views and an unparalleled cycling experience.

Photography and Nature

Passo Giau also offers splendid opportunities for lovers of photography and nature observation. The Dolomites, with their imposing peaks and breathtaking landscapes, are a true paradise for capturing extraordinary images. From Passo Giau you can admire Monte Nuvolau in all its majesty, as well as the Tofane, the Cristallo and many other famous peaks.

The surrounding area is rich in unique flora and fauna, offering the opportunity to spot rare species of animals and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Dolomites.

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