On the trail of the Great War
A charming village at an altitude of 1,500 metres, nestled between the Lavarella, Conturines, Lagazuoi and Settsass massifs, San Cassiano is the perfect starting point for beautiful hikes in Alta Badia.
In winter, it is a paradise for skiers, with the nearby Armentarola slope and the famous “Sellaronda” ski route through the Sella Group. For children, we recommend the Tru liösa Foram toboggan run, an approximately 3-kilometre-long track that starts on the Piz Sorega plateau at 2,000 metres and descends all the way to San Cassiano.
About ten kilometres from the village is the Lagazuoi Open Air Museum, a “rock castle” that was excavated during the Great War by the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies, with spires, towers and military bases hidden within. The entire museum area is criss-crossed by footpaths and are accessible by taking the Lagazuoi cable car from the Falzarego Pass. Alternatively, you can arrive on foot after hiking the Sentiero del Fronte trail, through the Galleria dell’Anticima tunnel system, or, for more experienced explorers, from the Sentiero dei Kaiserjäger, a demanding trail equipped with fixed ropes.
We also recommend visiting the 5 Torri (Five Towers) Open-Air Museum, where the Italian army set up its artillery headquarters, and the nearby Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park.