Cadore is a destination full of charm and beauty. On the border with Austria, in the northernmost part of the province of Belluno, this Venetian land offers various itineraries to be covered on foot. From Lake Misurina, to the peaks of Nuvolau, Pelmo, and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, you can walk and discover incredible corners of nature. Not to mention the charm of the Dolomites at sunset!

Let’s start to discover the 10 most beautiful itineraries of Cadore.

1. Trekking from Pieve to the Tita Barba Refuge

The mountain of Domegge di Cadore
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It starts from the left Piave in the municipality of Domegge of Cadore. If you arrive by car, follow the road that leads to the Padov refuge and park in Antarigole at an altitude of 1100 meters. From here the beautiful walking itinerary starts, which climbs into the woods up to Casera Vedorcia, where there are the first views of the Spalti di Toro. Continuing the walk, you will arrive at the Tita Barba refuge, which is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Here you can take a detour to admire the beautiful panorama of the Centro Cadore lake.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: hiking / difficult
  • Altitude difference: 800m

Why do we like it? Well, the answer is very simple, because it offers us a beautiful view of the Dolomites.

2. Walk to the Chiggiato Refuge

Antelao mountain
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The meeting point for the departure is the Pineta bar. Walk for 15 minutes along the stream and then take the path N260, which climbs into the woods. The wood, all uphill, will be the main point that divides the path from the Chiggiato refuge, after two hours of walking. Here we find a breathtaking view that extends over the Marmarole group, Antelao, and the Centro Cadore lake. To go back, follow the path N261, where continuing along the road you arrive at the starting point.

  • Duration: 5/6 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude difference: 800m

Why do we like it? Because it has a beautiful view of the Marmarole mountains, Antelao.

3. Itinerary on Monte Rite

Mountain Rite
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It starts in the locality of Quattro Tabià, then continues along the path 494 which climbs into the woods up to the saddle of Val Inferna at 1748 meters. Continue along path 478 which climbs up to the Deona fork, from where you begin to see fabulous views of the Pelmo and Val Boite. Proceeding for a while longer you reach the military road that takes us to the top of the mountain, where the Dolomites refuge and also the Messner Museum are located. For the return, follow the same path.

  • Duration: 4/5 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude difference: 750m

Why do we like it? Because we can admire the fabulous views over the Pelmo and Val Boite.

4. From Borca di Cadore to the Re De Assola waterfall and Malga Ciauta

Malga Ciuta and mountain
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It starts from Borca of Cadore at the parish of Saints S. Simone and Taddeo. Then we proceed by crossing the bridge over the Boite stream, and on the left we will find the path to the waterfall, while on the right the CAI path N476. The two paths are parallel, separated only by the stream. Once you have visited the waterfall, continue on the path until you reach the road that leads from Vodo di Cadore to Malga Ciauta located at the foot of Mount Pelmo. To return, follow path 475 which descends along with the wood.

  • Duration: 4/5 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude difference: 642m

Why do we like it? Because it offers us a beautiful waterfall and wonderful views.

5. From the Costapiana Refuge to the S. Dionisio Church

Church of San Donisio at Cadore, photo by

From Valle di Cadore you drive up to the Costapiana refuge up to a bend with a fountain. Here you leave the car and continue on foot to the refuge. You will see wonderful views of Pelmo and Antelao. From the refuge continue towards path 251 and climb up to the small church of S. Dionisio from where you can admire a splendid panorama.

  • Duration: 4/5 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude difference: 800m

Why do we like it? Here too, because we can admire the wonderful views of Pelmo and Antelao.

6. Itinerary around the Auronzo Lake

Lake of Auronzo
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Lake Auronzo is an attraction not to be missed, you can enjoy the completely natural environment of Cadore. It can be visited both in winter and in summer. During the summer you can sunbathe on the beaches, while during the winter you can admire the beautiful snow-covered landscape. To get to the lake, start from Piazza Vigo in Auronzo, and follow the road signs for the lake. If we want we can stop at the lake or continue along the two bridges and get to the S. Caterina dam. From there you return to the starting point along the path on the other side of the lake.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: easy

Why do we like it? Because we can enjoy a beautiful view of both the lake and the surrounding mountains.

7. Trekking to Pian dei Buoi

Pian dei buoi, we can see the mountain
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Pian dei Buoi is a plateau still used today for grazing cattle during the summer, at 1800m. It can be reached via the road from the town of Lozzo di Cadore and climbs to the top. Once we arrive on the plateau we enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding Dolomite valleys until we see the Antelao, the Tre Cime di Lavarendo, the Crosa dei Toni and the whole Marmolane group.

Why do we like it? For the breathtaking view of the beautiful Tre Cime di Lavarendo and the Crosa dei Toni.

8. Itinerary to discover the ancient thermal baths of Bagni di Gogna

In Gogna, there are a series of paths that lead us to the ancient baths of Gogna. You can see the remains of the flooring of the factory and two stone basins. Along the various paths you pass near two springs of spring water and walk through the woods famous for their bond. Going behind the White Bar you arrive at a small church, where the thermal area descends from here.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy

Why do we like it? Because we can discover the mysterious history of these ancient baths surrounded by greenery.

9. Tre Cime di Lavaredo trekking

Tre cime di Levandro, mountain in Cadore
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All the beauty of the Dolomites can be admired at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, long stretches of white and pink mountains. This beauty leaves anyone who walks the road that surrounds the Three Peaks breathless. The whistling of the marmots interrupts the silence that surrounds them. The departure and arrival of this circular excursion, suitable for expert walkers, is the Auronzo refuge (2333 m).

Map of the mountain Lavarendo, periplo of three tops
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  • Duration: 4 h
  • Altitude difference: 450 m
  • Difficulty: hiking / difficult

Why do we like it? Because we can admire the shapes and colors of the Dolomites up close.

10. Walk to the Lago del Centro Cadore

Lake at the Centro Cadore
Lake in the center of Cadore, photo by CanvaPro

There are no words to describe how much beauty this lake offers us. The ideal is to stop and sunbathe on the shores or take long walks. From Domegge di Cadore you can go down to the lake after crossing the bridge you can take the road to the left that reaches Lorenzago di Cadore. Along this path, you can stop for picnics and paths that take us to high altitudes. Also from Domegge a flat road leads to the hamlet of Vallesella with the park, where parties and dance evenings are often organized.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy

Why do we like it? Because it is an easy itinerary, suitable for everyone, and perfect for spending a relaxing day, sunbathing on the lake.

Eco-friendly holiday in Cadore

Eco friendly hotel in Cadore

Where to sleep eco-friendly? If you decide to stop in Cadore for several days, to discover all the most beautiful itineraries, you will find numerous eco-sustainable accommodation facilities in which to stay. Eco-hotel with beautiful wooden rooms, vegan bio-farmhouses, small chalets in the woods, ecological B & Bs in ancient villages, and refuges at the foot of the Dolomites.

Infointeractive map of all the itineraries, hiking trails, and via ferratas of the Cadore Center.
Cover image: Alessandro Carrarini

Author: Simona Dega

I'm Simona, a chemistry graduate student, and always with Wanderlust syndrome, who has decided to turn her life upside down, after a summer job, following her passion for traveling, discovering new cultures, and adventures.
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