At the foot of Marmolada in the municipality of Rocca Pietore, there is Sottoguda, named one of “Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages” in 2016 and awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.
This alpine village is a place for finding peace, as you walk along Via della Meditazione in one of the highest beech forests in Europe, as well as for becoming energized in the many outdoor activities ranging from hiking, climbing the iron roads, biking and snow sports.
Sottoguda is also known for the Serrai, a narrow canyon about two kilometres long excavated into the rock over the centuries by the Pettorina stream: it will soon be passable again.
In addition to the fascinating landscape setting, even the history and culture of this hamlet, based on silvopasture practice and wrought iron and wood craftsmanship, also contribute to making it a distinctive and unique place.
Curiosities and tips
- Don’t miss the ascent, from Malga Ciapela to Marmolada, the Queen of the Dolomites
- Tabièi are the characteristic wooden barns used for storing hay and shelter for livestock and tools
- Artistic wrought iron work began in the 1920s, thanks to the skill and unmistakable style of the De Biasio Brothers
- The ancient little church (dating back to 1486) dedicated to Saints Fabian, Sebastian and Rocco has been listed among the 10 most beautiful little mountain churches by the tourism portal SiViaggia
- In winter, the frozen Serrai waterfalls become a spectacular climbing gym, a renowned destination for ice climbing on frozen waterfalls.