Two years ago we went to the Dolomites for skiing with friends – to the world famous Sella Ronda and its’ endless kilometers of slopes and passes. Upon witnessing those fascinating mountains for the first time, I realized that I had to come back during summertime to experience those roads and landscapes without snow.
This year, we finally made it. While summer was pretty much gone and autumn was already crawling in, we stayed for two weeks around the Sella group.
During those two weeks, we constantly drove the road-Sella Ronda during different times of the day and ever-changing weather. That is why this blog post is not our classic drivescape-tour summary, but more of a presentation of the region.
But if your are looking for a nice roadtrip tour, it’s actually unimportant where you drive in the Dolomites – it’s almost always a great tour. One Sunday, we met up with Thomas from @colpassion and his Ford Focus RS and went over Sella Pass, Pordoi Pass towards Falzarego and Giau and finished back at Falzarego / Valparolapass.
An amazing drive – thanks for taking the time, Thomas!
The landscape is always changing – from one valley to the next, it’s always slightly different, but still distinctively Dolomites.
View from Pordoi Pass towards the Langkofel (covered in clouds).
Giau Pass – I think after the Albula Pass in Switzerland, this is my new favorite number 2. Both ramps are completely different landscape-wise, and the pass top allows an amazing view upon Mount Nuvolau. This pass is a must to drive – but beware of the speed camera on the west ramp.
When Thomas and I started talking about the Dolomites tour during summer, he heavily recommended to go counter-clockwise around Sella Ronda. After driving a few rounds, I can only underline is recommendation. For example if you head up Gardena Pass and the Langkofel and Val Gardena open up in front of you, the view is breathtaking. The other way round it’s nice, but just not as special.
(Low light RAW shot on iPhone 11 Pro – amazing camera!)
I could go on and on about the region and talk about our visit to the Langkofel gap, or about the view from Seceda towards Sass Rigais, or the cable car Sass Pordoi up on the Sella plain itself. It’s just worth discovering this region of the Alps, not only by care.
We will most definitely return!