Cadore and the Dolomites, let’s discover them together! Tips for future Chalet Ines guests, things to do and must-see places in all seasons at all ages!
What to see and do in the Cadore valley
Skiing and snow-sports
If you love skiing, the nearby town of Cortina d’Ampezzo offers 120km of scenic slopes suitable for both skiers and snowboarders. The even closer ski area of San Vito di Cadore has an area designed for families with young children, the NeveSole snowpark and its adjacent Kinderheim.
The ski areas of San Vito, Val di Zoldo and Cortina are part of Dolomiti Superski which offers 1200km of slopes and 450 uphill facilities.
Nordic skiing enthusiasts will find a great variety of tracks starting from the Fiames Nordic Center in Cortina. Furthermore, the Deona track at Passo Cibiana, at 1530m altitude, offers a Nordic ski circuit of medium difficulty which is illuminated at night
In Cortina and Cadore there are numerous areas suitable for ski mountaineering excursions. There are several easy routes along beaten tracks leading to mountain huts such as Malga Federa, Rifugio Dibona or Rifugio Scotter.
Snowshoe enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in the breathtaking scenery of the Cadore mountains, with several welcoming mountain huts for a quick pit stop snack or a delicious lunch.
Excursions and walks
Vodo and its surroundings offer many possibilities for excursions and walks, starting directly from Chalet Ines or in the vicinity.
- For example, from Chalet Ines you can head east along the ancient Strada Regia until you reach the village of Venas.
- From the village of Vodo you can reach Malga Ciauta by foot or by car, ascending through a pleasant forest, along a partially paved road. From Vodo, you can reach the Talamini refuge by car, located in a strategic position between Val del Boite and Val di Zoldo.
- Starting from the characteristic village of Vinigo, you can reach the sunny slopes of Mount Antelao along a mountain trail.
- Or take a short excursion from the Parish Church of Borca di Cadore to admire the spectacular Ru De Assola waterfall.
Mountaineers, hikers, and via ferrata lovers will find a vast variety of itineraries of every type and level of difficulty on the most beautiful mountain groups of the Dolomites, such as Monte Rite, Bosconero, Pelmo, Croda Marcora, Antelao, Le Tre Cime, Cadini di Misurina, Col Quaternà and Cridola, the Spalti di Toro and the Marmarole.
The climbs and ascents on these famous peaks must be undertaken with adequate preparation and attention to safety, and preferably with the expertise of an Alpine Guide.
The Dolomite Cycle Road
The Dolomite Cycle Road. The cycle road of the Dolomites, also called “Lunga via delle Dolomiti”, largely follows the old track of the former Dolomite railroad. The former Vodo train station has been transformed into a bar and refreshment point for passing cyclists.
Mountain-bike lovers will find plenty of routes in Cadore, with countless gravel and forest roads.
For road-bikers the network of famous mountain roads that connect Cadore, Zoldano, Comelico and the Ampezzo valley offer both challenges and breathtaking scenery. Biking history was made on the historic climbs of the Dolomite passes (Tre Croci, Falzarego, Giau), theater of the exploits of the great champions of the Giro d’Italia.
Food and entertainment
Vodo offers many opportunities to taste regional food specialties from local produces and restaurants: Ristorante Al Capriolo, Ristorante da Natalino, Ristorante Acero Rosso, Azienda Agricola Talamini “De La Tela”, Malga Ciauta, Rifugio Talamini, and in nearby Borca: Ristorante Cianzia and Birreria Bauce.
The area offers sports facilities and family activities:
- In Borca, the wellness centre Corte SPA, with beautiful views of Mount Pelmo, has a swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath. The Happy Park offers a beautiful playground with tennis courts, as well as a cozy bar and ice skating in winter.
- The Caralte Adventure Park offers an oasis of relax for parents, while the children have fun in the adventure park.
- At Lake Mosigo, in San Vito di Cadore, you can play football, tennis, and minigolf, go fishing, or simply relax in a rowing boat that can be rented on site.
Art, architecture and tradition
The Cadore Dolomites preserve an important cultural heritage, as evidenced by several religious buildings containing precious art treasures. In the municipality of Vodo, the church of San Giovanni Battista di Vinigo is noteworthy, while in Pieve you can admire the Church of Santa Maria Nascente
. In addition to the historic churches, including the beautiful Chapel of Sant’Orsola in Vigo, there is the modern church of Nostra Signora del Cadore, situated in the Eni village of Corte di Cadore, designed by the architect Edoardo Gellner in collaboration with Carlo Scarpa. It is a unique site in which the contemporary architecture blends with the ancient landscape in a natural and organic way.
Thanks to the local museums, often equipped with games and workshops for children, it is possible to retrace the history of the territory and its inhabitants.
In Pieve: the MARC (the Cadore archaeological museum), the birth-house of artist Tiziano Vecellio, the Eyewear Museum,
and the Messner Museum on Mount Rite.
In Selva di Cadore: the Archaeological and Geological Museum “Vittorino Cazzetta”. Traditional museums are flanked by open-air museums.
One such example is the village of Cibiana, where you can admire 50 murals on the facades of houses, that tell the story and the traditions of the village.