Author: Barbara Palladino
Translation by Michelle Nebiolo
On 4 July 2020, the cableway to Malga Ciapèla will re-open. Its short, 12-minute ride offers views over an incredibly beautiful scenery, leading to the top of the Marmolada – at the very heart of the Dolomites, and the highest peak in the mountain range at 3,343 meters of altitude.
The cableway is known as Move To The Top, and stops at Banc d’Antermoja and Serauta before reaching Punta Rocca (3,265 meters). Here, a panoramic terrace will beguile you with a 360° view over the main peaks in the Dolomites, while an elevator can take you to the glacier with the Madonna’s Grotto, consecrated by pope John Paul II in August 1979 and a symbol of peace since then.
From the station in Serauta, you can access the Sacred Monumental Area where galleries and Italian and Austro-Hungarian posts date back to the First World War. In the summer, you can live a real high-altitude experience here thanks to the digital system tied to the Geochip app, an interactive guide that showcases the mountain’s history. In the next few months, visitors also have the chance to take yoga lessons at the Punta Rocca terrace every Saturday, enjoy an aperitif at sunset while listening to a jazz concert, and then admire the Queen’s Dawn – that is, the spectacular sunrise from behind the Marmolada.
Trekkers have a plethora of itineraries to choose from: from the pathway that leads from Malga Ciapèla to the O. Falier Mountain Hut passing through the Ombretta Valley – one of the Marmolada’s most evocative – to the route from the Passo Fedaia to the Passo Padon, from which you can take in a unique view over the glacier.
Via Malga Ciapèla, 48
Rocca Pietore (BL)
Photos: press office