Our Dolomite holidays are based in Corvara in Alta Badia, the upper part of the Badia valley, in Süd Tirol (South Tirol) - this is the heart of the Dolomites and the perfect launchpad to explore the enchanting landscapes and roads made famous by the Giro d’Italia.
Corvara is on the renowned Sellaronda circuit and hosts the finish of the iconic gran fondo - Maratona dles Dolomites, which takes place every July. The Sellaronda circumnavigates the Sella Massif or “Gruppo Sella” - this is one of the most spectacular rides on earth with endless hairpins and unbelievable scenery - a must for all cyclists.
Before it was annexed by Italy, following the First World War, this area belonged to Austria, although many of the region’s inhabitants will tell you this is Süd Tirol. You will also notice the places and peaks have both German and Italian names, whilst in Alta Badia and the neighbouring valleys the primary language is Ladin............the Dolomites can be a confusing place!
What isn’t confusing, however, is the beauty of this place. The great mountaineer Reinhold Messner, a native of Villnöß, one of the area’s most spectacular valleys, once said, “the Dolomites are not the highest mountains in the world, but they are certainly the most beautiful”.
The Dolomites have graced the Giro d’Italia countless times over the years with some of the legends of the sport forging their reputations here - names like Bartali, Coppi and Binda. Merckx, Gimondi, Indurain and Pantani.
Amateur riders flock here too for events like the Maratona and Sella Ronda Bike Day. Forget about pilgrimages to famous TDF climbs like Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez they have nothing on the Dolomites mix of sparkling beauty and fearsome terrain. From the first pedal stroke you will find it impossible to take your eyes off the surroundings - your neck muscles will be working just as hard as your legs!
As well as the Passo Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo which make up the Sellaronda circuit, the following “Passi” are just a few that we’ll explore on fully guided routes .............Giau, Falzarego, Fedaia, Valparola and Tre Cime di Lavaredo as well as many lesser known gems.