Open Dolomites

Due to the exceptional weather events that took place between 29 October and 1 November 2018, the accessibility of the routes described in this section is not ensured. We will update the portal as soon as we have certain information about it.

Accessible Dolomites. A Heritage for everyone

“The mountains are for everyone, not just climbers: for those seeking rest in silence, and for those who seek even greater rest in their labours”. This is how Guido Rey, the Italian climber, described the mountains – and this is exactly what a World Heritage Site like the Dolomites should offer.

The Dolomites should be accessible to everyone and a number of routes have already been freed of all barriers to allow everyone to enjoy the extraordinary Dolomite landscape. To make the Heritage Site more accessible, offering experiences and emotions to all those who visit it, whatever their needs and possibilities, the local administrations and associations involved in sport, accessibility and disability in the Dolomites have come together under the coordination of the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation to compile a guide which helps visitors find details of accessible itineraries, so everyone can explore the Dolomites World Heritage Site: the guide is the result of teamwork and offers consistent, detailed information concerning the Property’s universal values.  

An interactive map allows users to explore 23 routes of varying difficulty within the 9 mountain systems of the Property, providing them with information about the history of the Earth and the wonderful scenery offered by these unique mountains. Each itinerary contains interesting technical details.

This guide is part of a wider project entitled " Awareness and use of the UNESCO Dolomites site by people with disabilities by developing specific accessibility tools " financed by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism as part of Italian Law n.77/2006 containing "Special measures to protect and use Italian sites of cultural, landscape and environmental interest, inscribed on the World Heritage and placed under the protection of UNESCO”. The aim of the project, in keeping with the principles of the Site’s Overall Management Strategy, is to promote awareness of issues connected with accessibility in the mountains. This has already been started by local government bodies in the UNESCO Dolomites Property through information, training and promotional activities. The project aims to become a dynamic platform for communication and meeting which will evolve over time, widening its scope and reach, thanks also to contributions made by anyone who has information and suggestions to give.

The UNESCO Dolomites, with their exceptionally diverse landscapes, therefore provide the ideal platform for setting up a social inclusion project which will enable everyone - whatever their degree of mobility - to access the World Heritage Site on their own or accompanied by an expert guide. This does not mean that everyone has to have the same experiences, but that everyone will have the chance to experience the landscape and geology of the Dolomites firsthand, which is what World Heritage really stands for.

This moderately difficult itinerary winds around the foot of Mount Pelmo, one of the most representative peaks in the Dolomites. It is located in the "Pelmo - Croda da Lago" system of the UNESCO Dolomites.

The moderately difficult route winds its way from Zoppè di Cadore to the Gian Pietro Talamini mountain hut and affords stunning views over the Pelmo, Civetta and Antelao mountain ranges.

This moderately difficult route passes through the Fuciade valley, which is a prime example of what is referred to as the “Dolomite landscape”, including all the features which characterize the Dolomites: gently sloping woodland and meadows, large mantles of scree and awe-inspiring bare rock faces.

The mostly easy route leads into the San Nicolò valley, which is located in the "Marmolada" system of the UNESCO Dolomites and is a good example of a rural landscape at high altitude.

The Serrai is one of the most characteristic canyons in the Dolomites, as well as being one of the most easily accessible. It is a gateway to the “sublime” Dolomite landscape, that natural beauty which has few rivals throughout the world.

This easy route leads around the lake in Alleghe to a dock with a panoramic view. It is one of the most significant examples of a lake landscape on the valley floor in the Dolomites and affords one of the most beautiful views of the marvellous north face of Civetta,

This difficult route is related to the "Pale di San Martino, San Lucano, Dolomiti Bellunesi, Vette Feltrine" system of the UNESCO Dolomites and is meant for trained, well equipped hikers.

The Canzòi valley presents a stunning natural environment and is home to some of the most beautiful paths in the surrounding mountains.

The route runs through the Settimana Valley along the banks of the stream which gives the valley its name. It is one of the most important valleys in the "Dolomiti Friulane e d'Oltre Piave" system of the UNESCO Dolomites

The wide grassy hollow where the Padova mountain hut is located offers a spectacular view of the most distinctive peaks of the western part of the Dolomiti Friulane: Spalti di Toro, Monfalconi and Crìdola.

The itinerary goes through the Giaf Valley, in the very heart of the large amphitheatre created by Monfalconi di Forni and Crìdola, the most famous and dramatic groups in the "Dolomiti Friulane e d'Oltre Piave" of the UNESCO Dolomites.

The Fiscalina Valley is an exceptionally well-preserved example of the ancient Triassic archipelago from which the Dolomites rose. The shapes and arrangement of the landscape we see today reflect those of millions of years ago.

This moderately difficult route leads into the "Dolomiti Settentrionali" system of the UNESCO Dolomites and it is a classic Dolomite itinerary due to its particularly stunning views and the importance of the nature and flora found in the high-altitude meadows

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are the symbol of the Dolomites and hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here every year. The extraordinary iconic presence of these three stone giants, perfectly vertical and prism-shaped, has made them famous throughout the world.

The whole route lies in a wood of beech and fir trees and climbs to the beautiful, large grassy Selvapiana hollow where the Lunelli mountain hut is located.

The route leads into the "Puez-Odle" system of the UNESCO Dolomites: this area in the World Heritage Site is unique because it tells of the evolution of the period in which atolls and tropical reefs were the dominant features.

The Alpe di Siusi is located in the "Sciliar-Catinaccio, Latemar" system of the UNESCO Dolomites and is a lovely grassy rolling plateau, home to the fossil islands of Sciliar, Denti di Terrarossa and Sasso Piatto which emerge like waves in an ancient solidified sea.

The Carezza lake is located in the "Sciliar-Catinaccio, Latemar" system of the UNESCO Dolomites. It is a popular destination in the Dolomites and one of its icons.

The Lavazè pass plateau lies in the very heart of the Dolomites World Heritage Site, between the "Bletterbach" an the "Sciliar-Catinaccio, Latemar" systems of the UNESCO Dolomites.

The route goes around the sides of Corno Bianco, the uppermost part of a deep canyon which is of extraordinary geological interest. This canyon belongs to the "Bletterbach" system of the UNESCO Dolomites.

The route goes through the copse above the village of Stenico and is an art and nature trail next to the "Dolomiti di Brenta" system of the UNESCO Dolomites.

The route along the lakeside affords a spectacular view of the Campa group and the superb, majestic crags of the peaks of the northern chain of the Dolomiti di Brenta: Cima Uomo, Cima delle Livezze, Sasso Rosso, Cima Sassara, Cima del Vento, Corno di Denno, Cima Flavona and Pietragrande.