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2019 Family Reunion started in Rome, Italy
September 13, 2019

Italy Trip: Fanes Waterfalls and Giovanni Barbara Via Ferrata

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Google Map: Parco Naturale Regionale delle Dolomiti d'Ampezzo (Regional Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites) Parking Entrance off SS51.

Hiking Stats

Distance: ~ 4.8 miles
Duration: 3hrs 30min *with time for pictures

Best Time to Go

From June to October

Before Arriving

• There are zero facilities here so go to the toilet before starting the arriving.

While staying at the Hotel Al Forte, in Arraba, we went on our 3rd of 4th via ferrata adventures while visiting the Dolomites. It was only about 25 miles from the hotel and an hour drive through the winding mountains to start this hike. We actually had no idea where the trail started when we arrived at the parking area. We asked others who also had their via ferrata equipment with them.

The appeal here was that:

  • (A) it would only be a half day adventure;
  • (B) we'd stroll through a green forest with panoramic views of the contrasting gray limestone mountains
  • (C) the equipped via ferrata section is marked as 'easy.’

We had read about professional guides that could take us here, but we like to do things on our own... especially on the 'easy' ones. Hey, we saved €90,00/pp ($100/ea.), too!

The Scenic Drive

Passing Hotel Al Sasso di Stria... continuing on SR48... where we had a glimpse of a cute church.

Tunnel along the Passo Falzarego

Parking Area at S.Uberto

(Google Map) Here we've already found our parking spot and walked towards the beginning of the trail. You can see the entrance to the parking - the SS51 (Strada Statale 51 di Almagna) ahead.

Simply, walk around the gate. You'll see signs to point you towards Valle di Fanes #10

On the Trail

We continue to follow Trail #10

Love these surroundings! And there's even picnic spots.

An excuse to take a breather with photo ops.

The Start of the Via Ferrata

When you see this area, you know you're close to the start of the via ferrata trail

Before starting the via ferrata to descend down towards the falls, we enjoy the views.

Making the climb down to the bottom of the waterfalls.

There's a certain energy (aka positive vibes) that boosts your spirit when right next to a waterfall. Must be all the benefits of the negative ions.

The return trip...

Love how there's always free water refills around.

Only a few steps now back to our parking spot.

Summary Video: A Very Memorable Via Ferrata in Italy

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