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Fassa Valley

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Fassa valley [1] (Italian: Val di Fassa) is a valley located in the Dolomites, the Italian Alps of Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy. It's best known for its winter sports, but in summer offers superb hiking and other outdoor activities.

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The valley is composed of 7 comuni (villages/municipalities; each municipality has a village of the same name in this case), each providing accommodation and other services to tourists. These are from south to north (also bottom to top):

Of these Canazei, Pozza and Moena are the major centres, with Canazei located at the head of the valley and the centre of the action.


The climate varies greatly seasonally. From snowy winters to hot summers. Temperatures reaching 30ºC during summer months. The first snow usually falls at the end of November.

As such a lot of information on the page can be season dependent. Tourism is almost non-existent in spring and autumn for instance, and the range of services (such as transport) significantly differs between summer and winter. Also winter months appear the busiest, with prices to match.

An attempt has been made to separate information seasonally but it is difficult as most authors have probably only visited in either the summer or winter months.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports are Bolzano (45 km), Innsbruck (150 km), Verona (200 km), Munich and Milan (330 km).

By Train[edit]

A well-serviced line runs from Innsbruck through the Valley, notably stopping at Bolzano and Trento among other places. (As a guide €15 from Innsbruck to Bolzano, booking an hour in advance at station.)

By car[edit]

From Austria[edit]

Follow the motorway (A22) until Bolzano nord. Exit there and follow the indications for "Val di Fassa" (45 km).

From Italy[edit]

Follow the motorway (A22) until Egna/Ora. Exit there and follow the indications for "Val di Fassa" (45 km)

By bus[edit]

There are many buses to Val di Fassa, especially in winter and summer time. You can catch the bus from Trento, Bolzano, Milano and many other cities in northern Italy.

Get around[edit]

By day is it quite easy to get around by bus. In the evening there are no buses, and the best way to get around is by car, by taxi (only in winter and summer season), and by foot.

Numerous Cable Cars/Gondolas and Chairlifts operate in winter to carry skiers up the slopes. A few of these also operate in summer to carry walkers and others to Rifugio (mountain huts/hotels).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Museo Ladin de Fascia, [2]
  • Beautiful mountains
  • Numerous remains from World War I at the head of the valley.
  • Festival of Jstà Event held the last weekend of August in Canazei.

Do[edit][add listing]


Skiing [3], [4] is the most common activity. Not only alpine, but even cross-country is well explained.


  • Trekking
  • Relaxing in the small and typical towns
  • Via Ferrata
  • Rock Climbing

Buy[edit][add listing]

In summer a lot of climbing and hiking gear can be purchased at reasonable prices.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are numerous options for accommodation in the valley. Most are traditional, such as hotels, apartments and camp-sites located in the valley-floor villages. The other option are Rifugio which are quite literally a cross between a mountain hut and hotel and are usually situated on the slopes high above the valley floor. They offer catered accommodation at reasonable prices (very reasonable if you are an Alpine Club member and bring your own food).

See the communi articles for specific locations to stay.

Get out[edit]

The Dolomites are enormous. The possibilities for day trips to other regions, walking trips, scenery to view, dinner or lunch at a mountain Rifugio are endless.

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