The most beautiful panoramic terraces of the Dolomites to be reached with the ski lifts

The most beautiful panoramic terraces of the Dolomites to be reached with the ski lifts

The Dolomites are spectacular from any point from which you observe them but there are places where the landscape becomes even more beautiful, from the panoramic terraces. These are real terraces located at high altitudes (around 3000 meters above sea level) where a 360-degree panorama opens up over the most beautiful peaks and valleys of the Dolomites.

They are accessible to everyone and not only to expert hikers or mountaineers, they can be reached comfortably with the ski lifts also open in summer.

These panoramic terraces of the Dolomites will make you fall in love with the landscape at first sight:

Terrace Tofana – Freccia nel Cielo cable car

Located on the top of the Tofana di Mezzo (Cortina d'Ampezzo), the third highest peak in the Dolomites, the Tofana Terrace offers a 360° panorama of the Ampezzo Valley. Thanks to the Freccia nel Cielo cable car, you can reach the panoramic terrace and enjoy a spectacular view of Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Dolomites.

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Despite the 3200 meters of altitude, during the hot summer days the terrace becomes a high altitude solarium where you can sunbathe, in fact many tourists go up to the top to enjoy the view and get a tan.

The arrival of the Tofana di Mezzo is also an ideal starting and finishing point for excursions and via ferratas, from here expert hikers can reach other peaks and other panoramic points. In the central months of summer, special events are organized to watch the sunrise and sunset, offering an unforgettable experience for mountain enthusiasts.

Sass Pordoi – Pordoi cable car

Panorama from SassPordoi towards Sassolungo and piz ciavazes

Il Sass Pordoi (Val di Fassa), is located at 2.950 meters above sea level and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Trentino and South Tyrolean Dolomites as well as a spectacular view of the Val di Fassa.

To reach this spectacular panoramic terrace, visitors can take the Pordoi cable car, which starts from the Pordoi Pass. Once at the top, you can admire the Sella Group, the Marmolada, the Pale di San Martino, the Tofane di Cortina and many other peaks of the Dolomites and also glimpse the Austrian glaciers.

Sass Pordoi is an ideal place for hikers and mountaineers looking to further explore the surrounding mountains, from here the famous hiking itineraries depart towards the Boe' Refuge and the Boe Capanna Refuge, where the panorama extends further.

Anyone who doesn't have the physical preparation for an excursion to 3000 meters can still enjoy the panorama from the Maria Refuge which is located right at the arrival station of the cable car. From here you can see Marmolada and its glacier on the left, while Sassolungo and Val di Fassa on the right.

Marmolada terrace – Marmolada Punta Rocca cable car

The Marmolada Terrace is located on the summit of the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. To get to this extraordinary panoramic terrace, visitors can use the Marmolada cableway, which starts from the locality of Malga Ciapela.

The terrace offers a breathtaking view from an altitude of 3265m slm on the Veneto, Trentino and Alto Adige Dolomites. From the terrace you can admire the Marmolada glacier below and the view opens towards the valleys.

Because of 2022 avalanche access to the glacier has been closed to everyone, therefore from Punta Rocca it is no longer possible to descend towards the glacier as in the past. However, the Marmolada has a lot to offer.

Once in Punta Rocca, it is possible to visit the Grotto of the Madonna, a place of great historical and spiritual significance. It is a place of profound reflection that arouses intense emotions in anyone who visits it.

The Grotto of the Madonna is similar to the caves dug by soldiers between 1916 and 1917 to protect against bad weather and enemies during war. It is a peace symbol and houses a statue of the Madonna, consecrated by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his visit to the Marmolada on 26 August 1979.

The Marmolada cable car has 2 intermediate stations, one of these is Punta Serrauta at 2900m where the Museum is also located Marmolada Great War 3000 m.

It is the highest museum in Europe and focuses on the First World War in the high mountains. It offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a visual and multimedia journey that explores the daily life of war and the battles fought at high altitudes.

The museum exhibition, spread over 300 square meters, presents vintage photographs, video clips, diary excerpts, thematic showcases and finds that emerged from the Marmolada ice. Among the topics addressed, the famous City of Ice stands out, a labyrinth of tunnels dug by the Austro-Hungarian army in the heart of the glacier.

A visit to the Marmolada terrace is therefore not only an opportunity to admire the panorama of the Dolomites but also a tour to discover the history and spirit of the mountain "Queen of the Dolomites"

Lagazuoi terrace – Lagazuoi cable car


Located at 2.778 meters above sea level, the Lagazuoi Terrace is located on the top of Mount Lagazuoi, offering what can perhaps be defined the most beautiful view of the Dolomites.

To reach this panoramic terrace, you can use the Lagazuoi cable car, which leaves from the town of Falzarego Pass (between Cortina and Alta Badia).

Once at the top, visitors can admire the Tofane Group, the 5 Torri, Mount Antelao, Sorapis Group, Mount Pelmo, Mount Civetta, the Sella Group, the Marmolada and other spectacular peaks of the Dolomites.

The terrace is also an excellent starting point for excursions and high-altitude crossings, thanks to the numerous paths and routes available. Excursions to the trenches of the Great War depart from here, restored in a historical naturalistic itinerary.

A few meters above the arrival of the cable car is the Rifugio Lagazuoi, which offers accommodation and an excellent restaurant for those wishing to spend more time in this fascinating mountainous region.

The terrace is located directly next to the refuge, so you can have lunch with the spectacular view of the Dolomites.

Useful Tips

Visiting the panoramic terraces of the Dolomites is an unforgettable experience that will allow you to admire breathtaking 360-degree views of the most beautiful peaks and valleys, but it is important to keep in mind some useful tips to ensure the best possible experience and fully enjoy these places enchanting.

First of all, it is essential to choose the right time for your visit, considering that these terraces are located approx 3000 meters of altitude. Weather conditions can vary considerably even in summer, so it is advisable to find out about the weather forecast before planning your excursion.

A clear sky and good visibility will allow you to fully enjoy the panoramic view and have an unforgettable experience.

Even if you are in summer, it is important to remember that temperatures in the high mountains can be significantly cooler than in the valleys. Therefore, it is essential to dress appropriately, wearing layered clothing that allows you to adapt to changes in temperature.

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