Motorbike itinerary: from the Val Venosta valley to Dobbiaco

Our journey starts from Val Venosta in Alto Adige/South Tyrol, exactly at Passo Resia/Reschenscheideck, located at an altitude of 1525 m, with its picturesque artificial lake and the fourteenth-century church tower surfacing from its waters. This pass is very close to the Austrian border. The tour continues towards Malles, then to the medieval town of Glorenza/Glurns, the smallest town surrounded by walls in Europe, and the smallest town in Tyrol and in Italy. Very interesting to see are the well preserved remains of the village of the XII century, the porticos of the XIII century, the old forts and the stately buildings of the XVI century, and the walls of the Renaissance period still intact.

Near Glorenza you can visit Castle Coira and Marienberg abbey on Monte Maria, at 1336 metres, before continuing towards Tubre, in the direction of the Swiss border. If you have time, it's worth taking a longer way to Müstair, driving along the road that crosses lush meadows and forests, following the footsteps of Charles the Great (he rode through this land to reach Rome, where he was crowned). Do not miss St. John the Baptist abbey. The Val Monastero/Münstertal too is a fascinating place: the inhabitants have maintained their ancient customs and traditions, along with the traditional cuisine. Continue to Santa Maria, the main town in the valley, famous for its painted houses. Then reach Passo Umbrail that marks the Italian border and enter Italy again continuing on the main road ss 38, "the Queen of all uphill roads", characterized by 48 hairpin bends which leads to Passo dello Stelvio, the favourite destination of many motorbikers coming from all over Europe. At the pass, enjoy the breathtaking view on the Ortles glacier ... great!

Drive to Trafoi, the home of the famous Italian skier Gustavo Thöni, then to Gomagoi, Prato allo Stelvio and Spondigna.

From here drive towards Merano, rich in museums and castles, and to Bolzano/Bozen, chief town of Alto Adige/South Tyrol. From here reach Siusi, a sunny town once residence of nobles and monarchs, and pass the Sciliar Plateau continuing to Ortisei/St Ulrich. In Ortisei/St Ulrich, well-known town for its arts and crafts and for the winter sports, you can visit the Museum of the Val Gardena valley in the "Cësa di Ladins" and San Giacomo/Sankt Jacob Church, about one km far from the hamlet.

From Ortisei continue along the SS 242 until you reach Canazei, skiing capital of the Fassa Valley, where you will enter the main road to Passo di Fedaia. Here, at 2057 m, you can enjoy a wonderful sight. From Passo Fedaia descend towards Alleghe, a friendly tourist resort both in summer and in winter, and then continue to Passo Falzarego. From the 2015 m of the Passo Falzarego you descend to the 1453 m of Pocol. From here continue towards Passo Giau (2233 m) and then descend again to Selva di Cadore, the centre of which offers examples of the architectonic tradition in the Veneto Alps with its wood and stone country residences. Moreover you can visit the Church of San Lorenzo and the Museum of the Val Fiorentina valley where there are the skeleton and the funeral equipment of a Mesolithic hunter, also known as the "man of Mondeval", discovered in 1987 in Mondeval de Sora, near Passo Giau.

From Selva continue along the Val Zoldana valley, via Zoldo Alto and Forno di Zoldo, in direction of Passo di Cibiana. Reach Cadore, and after a stop in Cibiana to admire the wonderful murals, via Venas and Pieve di Cadore you get directly to Auronzo di Cadore. You can have a short stop in Misurina, to rest near the homonymous lake, at the foot of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. Again on the road you have to cross Passo Tre Croci and get to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Cortina is beyond doubt the capital of the Dolomites, not only for the charm of excursions and climbing that the mountains offer, but also for the many cultural attractions that are within its urban centre. First of all the Museum of the Great War, in Corso Italia, and then the Ciasa de ra Regoles, seat of the Ampezzo authorities, of the famous Ethnographic Museum of the Regole and of the Museum of Modern Art Mario Rimoldi.

From Cortina, you have to drive along 18 km among the wonderful mountains of the area to get to Dobbiaco/Toblach, at the foot of two Natural Parks: the Natural Park of Sesto Dolomites on one side, and the Natural Park of Fanes-Sennes-Braies on the other one. The town, divided into New and Old Dobbiaco/Toblach, north of the main road, is a typical Tyrolese town, with streets full of history and traditions, such as the Graf Kunigl street, where it is possible to admire the beautiful buildings of the XVI century, or the Via Crucis, the oldest one in Tyrol with its chapels dated back to 1519.

Schematic Route

Starting point in Passo Resia/Reschenscheideck.
Reach Glorenza/Glurns and continue towards Tubre (IN THIS DIRECTION YOU REACH THE SWISS BORDER)
Drive up to Passo Umbrail, then to Passo dello Stelvio
Continue to Trafoi - Gomagoi and turn towards Solda
Come back to Gomagoi and drive to Prato allo Stelvio, Spondigna.
Continue towards Merano/Meran and Bolzano/Bozen along the SS 38, along the Adige Valley.
From Bolzano/ Bozen drive to Siusi along the SS 12.
Drive to Ortisei/St. Ulrich.
In Ortisei/ St. Ulrich enter the SS 242 to Canazei through the Passo Sella.
In Canazei enter the SS 641 to Passo Fedaia.
From Passo Fedaia descend to Alleghe.
In Alleghe continue to Rocca Pietore and enter the SS 203 that leads to Passo Falzarego.
Drive to Pocol then enter the SS 638 to Passo Giau and Selva di Cadore.
From Selva di Cadore continue along the SS 51 bis to Venas di Cadore and get to Auronzo di Cadore.
From Auronzo continue along the SS 48 and 48 bis to Misurina Lake.
From Misurina drive back to the SS 48 and get to Cortina d'Ampezzo via Passo delle Tre Croci.
From Cortina continue along the SS 51 to Dobbiaco/Toblach.