Selva di Cadore
Selva di Cadore: have fun in Val Fiorentina with skiing and trekking
Selva di Cadore: your holiday destination in winter and summer. Here you can practice countless sports, from skiing to trekking, from snowshoeing to hiking on the vie ferrate. And between a descent and a bike ride in Val Fiorentina you can discover history, traditions and events, like the Transcivetta and the Civetta Superbike.
Winter in Selva di Cadore means skiing, and it couldn't be any other way, since this village is part of the Civetta Ski Area that, in turn, is included in the largest of the ski areas, the Dolomiti Superski.
From Selva you can easily reach the ski tracks of Alleghe and Zoldo, thanks to the lift facilities of Pescul. Here you will find everything you need to ski: sunny slopes, school camps, cross-country ski center and ski school.
The surroundings are perfect for snowshoeing and ski mountaineering, and in the evenings you can take part to charming torchlight descents and warm up with hot mulled wine.
Summer: a season to be enjoyed outdoors. This resort offers in fact many itineraries, suitable for both experts and beginners, crossing panoramic landscapes among the most beautiful of the Dolomites. These itineraries have both a natural and historical value, like the ones tracing back the places that witnessed the First World War, or taking to the archaeological sites of Mondeval de Sora and of the Pelmo Mountain, where dinosaur tracks have been discovered. You can reach the latter site on foot in about two hours, starting from the Staulanza Pass and taking the direction of the Venezia Hut.
Another interesting itinerary is Cammina(r)te, a walk in stages taking you from hut to hut, dedicated especially to children. It is a long itinerary along which the fairytale of Pino, a magical boy born near the Pelmo Mountain, is told through the drawings of Luisa Rota Sperti. In July and August you can reach high-altitude paths with the lift facilities...and, keeping talking about scenic paths, we should mention Val Fiorentina is crossed by the Haute Route n. 1 and by several vie ferrate, like Alleghesi and Tissi on the Civetta, or the ones on the Averau and Nuvolau.
If on the other hand you want to reach high altitudes on your bike, there are many cycle and mountain bike trails, suitable to meet every requirement. And if you want to put yourself to the test, you can take part to one of these competitions: the Civetta Superbike, with three different courses of 80, 45 and 17 km, and the Transcivetta, a mountain running competition crossing the whole Civetta.
Moreover, the Santa Fosca sports center features five-a-side football fields, tennis courts, bocce courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and an indoor practice wall.
Events, history and culture
A land rich in history and culture, in Selva di Cadore you will never get bored. In every season many are the events organized: ancient pipe organs concerts; presentations of books and other publications on the Ladin culture; festivals, among which stand out the Sagra della Madonna del Carmine and the Sagra di Sant'Osvaldo in July, when the inhabitants wear the traditional Ladin costumes; handicrafts markets with local products. Car lovers can go see the Coppa Monte Pelmo, taking part in June, with vintage cars competition and parade, while in September Selva is a stage of the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti, starting and arriving in Cortina.
Testimonies of an ancient past can be seen in the Museo Civico della Val Fiorentina "Vittorino Cazzetta", divided into three sections. The first is the archaeological section, keeping the finds discovered in the territory, among which the famous Mondeval Man, a 7.500 years old prehistoric hunter, found in his original burial place with rich grave goods. The second is the geo-paleontological section, holding an exhibition of fossils and a cast of the tracks of three different dinosaurs. The third is the historical section, describing habits, customs and traditions of the inhabitants of the valley.