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THE DOLOMITES UNESCO WORLD NATURAL SITE

No other mountain chain in the Alps offers such impressive views as you find in the Dolomites.

The Alpine scenery around the Sella massif, the Sassolungo group, the Sciliar, the Sassongher, the Pelmo, the Civetta and the Marmolada comprises one of the most beautiful Alpine landscapes in the world.

For mountain bike enthusiasts it’s a unique sight in nature, and it’s combined with typical Alpine mountain refuges and high quality cuisine.

GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION

The Val Gardena lies in the north-east of Italy in the centre of the Dolomites, in the province of Bolzano.
Selva Gardena 1.563 m, SÜDTIROL SELLARONDA HERO departure and arrival point, is together with Ortisei and S. Cristina one of the three towns in the Val Gardena. It runs from 1,200 to 1,700 metres a.s.l. Alpine meadows and ski slopes reach above 2,500 m and the highest peak reaches 3,181 m.

During the summer Selva Gardena is famous for its long mountain footpaths, where sports and nature lovers will find plenty to enjoy: mountain bike, sunny walks and excursions, breath-taking rope paths, adventurous Nordic Walking trails.

Sellaronda Hero

NATURE RESERVES TO BE EXPERIENCED

There are two Nature Reserves surrounding Val Gardena: The Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Reserve and the Puez-Odle Nature Reserve. The first covers an overall surface area of 6,796 hectares. Together with the Protected Landscape Area of Alpe di Siusi, it forms a single natural unit. The Sciliar - with its two peaks - Punta Santner and Punta Euringer - is considered one of the emblems of Alto Adige. The highest peak of the massif is that of Monte Pez (2,563 m). The Catinaccio has also been part of the protected area since 2003.
The Puez-Odle Nature Reserve covers a surface area of 10,196 hectares. The protected area is delimited to the north by the Passo delle Erbe, to the south by Passo Gardena; to the east the Reserve extends as far as the Val Badia and to the west to the valleys of Funes and Gardena.

Nature reserve Sciliar-Catinaccio

Nature reserve Puez-Odle