is a high Alpine pass located in the Dolomites
2,236 meters above sea level. Nestled in the middle of a wide mountain pasture, at the foot of Nuvolau and Averau mountains, Giau Pass is likely to be the most beautiful passes of the Alps in region Veneto, thanks to the peaceful landscapes and the breathtaking views over the peaks of the Dolomites.
Your tour can start from Selva di Cadore
in Val Fiorentina, a charming town nestled in a wonderful landscape and featuring a well-equipped ski area.
From here, let's move along Strada Provinciale 638. This scenic drive trough endless hairpin turns will lead you to Giau Pass
after around 11 kilometers of driving. Along the road, which goes up crossing shady forests, there are many vantage points where you can enjoy the incredible landscape while the Giau Pass will reward you with an awe-inspiring all-round view over the surrounding valley and peaks, such as the valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Tofane, Cristallo, Marmolada, Croda Rossa, and Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
After crossing the Giau Pass, keep driving towards Cortina d'Ampezzo
in Val Boite, this time downhill on a gentler road. Cortina d'Ampezzo is also known as the Queen of the Dolomites, as it is one of the most beautiful and popular resorts of this mountain group. Many tourists from Italy and all over the world come here both in summer and in winter, thanks to the charming village, the wonderful landscape, and the many sport opportunities, from skiing in winter to trekking in summer.
Also, the scenic road trough Giau Pass is a very popular destination among cyclists and motorbikers. In fact, the many hairpin turns, switchbacks and the breathtaking landscapes over the Dolomites attract lots of them during summer. (in winter Giau Pass is closed). Therefore, if you are an expert biker or cyclist and would like visiting Italy by motorcycle, you should absolutely include the Giau Pass into your Italian holiday's plans!
Giau Pass is also a historical stage of Giro d'Italia
, the most important bicycle race in Italy.