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Hiking in San Vigilio Your hiking holiday in the Dolomites

The summer season offers you a variety of opportunities for excursions and hiking in the mountains, starting directly from San Vigilio. You may fast and easily reach the Nature Park ‘Fanes-Sennes-Braies’, unique and precious, where you’ll find climbing paths and sport climbing tracks, beautiful trails across mountain pastures and forests, always in contact with the unique and pristine nature of the Dolomites, the UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
Hiking in San Vigilio | Your hiking holiday in the Dolomites

Close to heaven Hiking in the Dolomites

If you wish to be active, just put on your hiking boots. More than 250 trails await you around San Vigilio in the Badia Valley. Breath-taking views and scenic trails offer plenty of variety for both, beginners, and professionals. Hiking is as popular with families as it is with true adventurers. The fresh air, the wild nature, and the opportunity to reach your physical limits will motivate you and make your hiking holiday in the Badia Valley an unforgettable experience.

It is worth gathering some information about available routes and tours beforehand. For families, of course, easier hikes are available, so that even the youngest members may enjoy the experience.

Tour 1: Passo Furcia (easy)

A nice, easy hike – The trail to Passo Furcia is ideal for a hiking holiday in the Dolomites with children. First, you take the cable car Miara and reach the hamlet of Rara. Now, simply turn right onto the Forest Path 1 and walk up to the Passo Furcia. A truly breath-taking view awaits you and your loved ones up there.

  • Duration:              3.5 h
  • Distance:             10.5 km
  • Altitude meters:   550 m
  • max. height:        1,747 m

Tour 2: From San Vigilio to Santa Croce (difficult)

One of many difficult hiking and climbing tours leads you directly from San Vigilio to the pilgrimage site of Santa Croce.
You start directly in the village and walk along the valley path to Ciamaor. There, turn right onto the Marker 13 to Rit until you reach Spescia. Now follow the path no. 15 across the Armentara meadows to the hospice and place of pilgrimage Santa Croce.

  • Duration:                5 h
  • Distance:               15.5 km
  • Altitude meters:     1,210 m
  • max. height:           2,048 m

The National Park Fanes Sennes Braies

The National Park Fanes Sennes Braies
Hiking in San Vigilio means a trip to the National Park of Fanes Sennes Braies. On a summer vacation in the Dolomites in the Badia Valley this is an experience should not be missed. Especially if you stay at the Villa Sole in San Vigilio. In San Vigilio you’ll find the visitor centre of the National Park, which extends over a size of 25,453 hectares. For the most part, dense spruce forests cover the area. Thy offer a protected habitat to countless animal species, and plants. If you go hiking in the National Park, you will certainly come across a variety of fauna and flora.
Besides the great biodiversity, another highlight is Lake Braies. This alpine lake is also known as the Pearl of the Dolomites. On walks and hikes or during a boat trip, holidaymakers can watch ibex and chamois in their natural surroundings. There are two nature adventure trails, which provide visitors with comprehensive information about flora and fauna. A truly unique experience! A summer vacation in South Tyrol is always an exciting choice.

UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites

As the architect Le Corbusier once said: “The Dolomites in South Tyrol are the most beautiful building!” And indeed, these mountain ranges are a work of art made by nature.
Their genesis began more than 250 million years ago, back in the time of the warm Tethys Sea, which caused algae and coral reefs to grow. As the water receded and the primeval ocean retreated, they ascended: the white and majestic mountains of fossilized algae and coral reefs. These new mountains were very different from everything else around them. Bizarre and pale, the Dolomites were named after the geologist Deodat de Dolomieu. Around the year 1788, researchers first discovered the origin of the bright colour. It is the magnesium-bearing limestone that gives the Dolomites their unique appearance. That’s what makes them so very popular. Later, the Three Peaks in South Tyrol will decorate almost every postcard, and even the movie industry is spell-bound.
A good reason to honour this natural landscape. Therefore, the Dolomites were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in June 2009.

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