Sass Pordoi, the Terrace on the Dolomites

If Marmolada is considered the Queen of Dolomites, Sass Pordoi is known as the terrace on the Dolomites. Such name actually comes from its peculiar shape.

In its southern part, Sass Pordoi has a 800-meter cliff with more than a 80% slope, while on the northern part the terrace on the Dolomites first climbs then declines.

Sass Pordoi can be easily reached using the cableway available in Pordoi, 2,239 meters high,, at the same time enjoying an outstanding, unforgettable view. That’s why Sass Pordoi is also known as the terrace on the Dolomites.

Today’s cable car, starting from Pass Pordoi, replaced another one, built at the beginning of the twentieth century. Sass Pordoi, the terrace on the Dolomites, can be reached on foot along pathway no. 627, a very beautiful walk from a gravelly valley to the Forcella refuge and finally the summit.

Summit can be reached through several climbing ways, like for instance the old Via Maria, opened in 1930 by Tita Piaz, the famous Alpine guide also known as the Devil of the Dolomites.

Either by cableway from 2,239 meters at Pass Pordoi to 2,950 meters, on foot along pathway 627 or climbing, Sass Pordoi, the terrace on the Dolomites, can be reached in many different ways.

Sass Pordoi offers a 360 degree view of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites such as Sassolungo, Marmolada, Pale di San Martino, Conca d’Ampezzo, all the way to Cevedale, Ortles and the Swiss and Austrian Alps.

It is worth to remind that visiting Sass Pordoi, the terrace on the Dolomites, is also a great chance to enjoy Pass Pordoi with its 28 hairpin bends.

Pass Pordoi, marking the border between the Belluno and Trento districts, is a mere 12 kilometres from Canazei, and is on of the four passes of the Way of the Dolomites, a beautiful road carved in the early twentieth century to connect the cities of Bozen and Cortina and encourage a tourist development of the Ladin valleys.

When reaching Sass Pordoi, the terrace on the Dolomites, you will experience a great deal of emotions, many of which are related to the many battles that occurred here during the First World War, as the German Charnel House reminds us, alas.

A monument dedicated to Fausto Coppi is there to remind us this is an important stage of the Giro d’Italia.

Sass Pordoi, the terrace on the Dolomites, is an unmissable stop on your journey across the Dolomites for both its gorgeous landscapes and its historical and moral meaning to which most of our memories and traditions are related.