The Falzarego Pass links Cortina to the Agordino and, through the Valparola Pass, also with the Badia. With an altitude of 2109 metres, it represents a great challenge for cyclists.
With a long sequence of bends surrounded by the marvellous panorama of the Dolomites, the Falzarego is one of the passes that has left a mark on the history of the Giro d’Italia: it was here that Coppi won the challenging climb against Bartali in 1946.
If you too wish to tackle the climb to the top of the Falzarego, on the heels of great cycling champions, you may choose to set out from Cortina d’Ampezzo, riding 16.4 kilometres with an altitude difference of 913 metres or from Caprile for 20.46 kilometres and an altitude difference of 1119 metres.
In either case, be prepared to cycle through a unique naturalistic context.
Curiosities and tips
- The Falzarego is part of the panoramic Great Dolomites Road extending between Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige.
- In 2004, on the Falzarego, there was one particularly touching banner dedicated to Pantani, who had recently died, “There are many of you here today, but one is missing”.
- The Falzarego Pass marks the starting point of a simple yet fine excursion to the Lake of Limides, whose waters reflect the Dolomites.