Itinerary: Dolomites, Bolzano, Völs, Siusi, Ortisei, Selva di Val Gardena
Driving across the Dolomites to discover the Alpe di Siusi
Near the Italian - Austrian border, this scenic tour will lead visitors to Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi in Italian), located in the Dolomites of South Tyrol, where they can explore the largest alpine highland in Europe: a magnificent tableland dominated by the Schlern (Massiccio dello Sciliar in Italian) and the Rosengarten Group. Thanks to this special natural position, Alpe di Siusi is an authentic tourist heaven in Trentino-Alto Adige, an enchanting place where to enjoy wonderful views on the Dolomites.
A good starting point could be the toll booth of Bolzano, which is easily reachable from all directions. Leave the motorway and take S.P. 24, follow the road signs to Völs, a nice village dominated by the beautiful Castel Presule built during Medieval times. The next stop is the hamlet of San Costantino, a group of mountain houses surrounded by green meadows and featuring a Baroque-style church. Then, it is time to stop for a quick visit to Seis am Schlern (Siusi allo Sciliar in Italian), the small village that gives its name to the largest alp plateau in Europe: Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi). Along the tour, on your right side, you can enjoy the magnificent view over Monte Pez, the highest peak of the Schlern.
The beautiful town of Castelrotto is just a few kilometers away, welcoming lots of tourists during both the winter and the summer seasons. Then follow route S.P. 64, that will lead you to Ortisei, Santa Cristina in Val Gardena and Selva di Val Gardena: three enchanting towns that will make you want to stay a little bit, thanks to their wood sculptures, and their beautiful pedestrian areas with lots of shops and typical restaurants.
When it's time to take the road again, you will pass along the slopes of Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto, belonging to the Rosengarten Group, until you will get to Canazei, another picturesque and well-equipped town. Here turn right towards Campitello di Fassa, Pozzo di Fassa, and Vigo di Fassa, then turn right again and take Highway 241 where starts the scenic climb to the Karerpass (1,745 meters a.s.l.). After about twenty kilometers you will reach Lake Carezza first and then the Nigerpass (1,688 meters a.s.l.): two more spectacular places in the Dolomites you should absolutely not miss along this scenic drive.
Once you cross the Nigerpass, the road will take you to Tires. Here, you can choose the old, narrower road that ends in Prato Isarco after an impressive number of tight curves. Otherwise, the newer road will equally bring you from Tires to Prato Isarco through Alca di Sopra. The tall booth of Bolzano Nord is just a few kilometers away, where our amazing tour among the majestic Dolomites ends!