Itinerary: Canazei, Sella Pass, Gardena Pass, Campolongo Pass, Pordoi Pass
A spectacular motorcycle tour on the Sellaronda circuit road
Sellaronda is the name given to a road circuit which runs around the Sella group mountain massif in the Dolomites. Sella group is shaped like a wide mountain plateau, and its highest peak is Piz Boé, 3,152 meters a.s.l. It features seven more peaks reaching 2,800 meters a.s.l. and higher, and many beautiful lakes. This mountain group has four passes, which are connected to each other by the 50 km long Sellaronda ring circuit.
The Sellaronda road (pic n°1-2) and the four Dolomite passes are very popular destinations throughout the year as they offer a genuine mountain-life atmosphere with breathtaking landscapes over the Dolomites. In summer this road is a favorite destination among motorcyclists, bikers, hikers, runners, and all nature-lovers first of all because of the authentic mountain environment all around and because of this beautiful and challenging mountain road with many hairpin bends and switchbacks while it is winding up and down to and from the Dolomite passes offering always stunning views. There are also several bike competitions that take place here. While in Winter, this circuit is equipped with all-level slopes and modern ski-lift systems ensuring a great skiing experience in one of the most popular destinations of the Dolomites.
On this tour, you will ride your motorcycle throughout all of the four Sella group passes having in this way an unforgettable Dolomites experience at 360 degrees!
So, let's start from the town of Canazei and ride your motorcycle towards Sella Pass (2,240 meters a.s.l.) (Passo Sella in Italian and Sellajoch in German), the highest one of the four Sellaronda passes. It links the provinces of Trento and Bolzano, and it is another well-appreciated tourist destination both in Winter and Summer. You will enjoy the many hairpins while climbing the pass as it is a thrilling experience on a motorcycle and will also enjoy the beautiful views over the Sassolungo Massif and the five towering Torri del Sella.
We also suggest visiting the City of Stones (Città dei Sassi in Italian or Steinerne Stadt in German), located not far from the pass under the impressive Sassolungo Massif. It is not a city of humans but a valley with a natural maze of rocks and trees managed in a way that it looks like a real city. It is a UNESCO’s Natural Heritage Site!
Then head to Gardena Pass (pic middle) (2,121 meters a.s.l.), which is located in a very special position and it is known as Passo Gardena in Italian, or Gardena joch in German. The pass links the amazing Val Gardena (Gardena Valley) to Val Badia (Badia Valley).
Now point your motorcycle east and ride in the direction of Campolongo Pass (pic n°3) (1,875 meters a.s.l.) (Passo Campolongo or Campolongo joch in German) which connects Val Badia with Valle del Cordevole. Despite it is the lowest of the four passes, Campolongo pass still offers amazing views.
From here, the Sellaronda circuit road will take you to Pordoi Pass (Passo Pordoi in Italian or Pordoijoch in German), (2,239 meters a.s.l.), which links Sella group with Marmolada group. Marmolada group is listed among the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage sites for its amazing views and its one-of-a-kind nature! The famous Italian bike competition "Giro d’Italia" crosses this pass too. You will face narrow hairpin bends while climbing the summit of Pordoi pass and will enjoy awesome views of two of the most spectacular Dolomite mountain massifs: the impressive Marmolada group and the Piz Boè.
If you like history you can head to the Ossuary (located near the pass) which is a Germanic shrine in memory of the fallen Austro-Germans. Here lie the remains of about 500 German soldiers and more than 8 thousand of the Austro-Hungarian army fallen soldiers of the First World War.
On Pordoi Pass there is an attraction you should not miss: the Sass Pordoi cable car. Sass Pordoi, the terrace of the Dolomites at 2950 meters a.s.l. is a spectacular destination you can reach just in a few minutes with this cable car. Once up, you will really enjoy an unimaginable view of rare beauty: the impressive massifs emerged millions of years ago from the sea such as Marmolada, Sassolungo, Catinaccio, and even the more distant ones are just there in front of you and you can almost touch them. So, this is a really awesome landscape!
After this stop at Pordoi pass, get on your motorcycle again and reach Canazei, the city where this tour has started and where it ends.
Tour length: 64 km
Some pics of the spectacular Sellaronda motorcycle tour:
Sellaronda Road (pic n°1 -2); Campolongo Pass (pic n°3); Gardena Pass (pic middle);