Many hotels in Val di Fassa have chic lounges where you can sit back, relax and savour the peaceful mountain atmosphere, preferably with a glass of local wine in hand.
Each village in Val di Fassa has a variety of trendy and sociable pubs, clubs and wine bars, many with daily happy hours. If you want to stay out extra late, the Hexen Klub is a huge nightclub open four nights a week until 4am - expect live music, DJs, dancing on tables and drinks flowing until the early hours.
Natural flavours and genuine, local ingredients are the secret to Val di Fassa’s mountain cuisine. Ladin and Italian dishes like canederli or pappardelle with game ragout are typical recipes of the region, having been passed down through the generations. You’ll find these two traditional dishes everywhere, from the small mountain refuges to the Michelin-starred restaurants. The eateries are spread out in Campitello, Canazei and up the mountains, so maybe have a look around before you choose.
At the bottom of the Sassolungo mountain is Rifugio Salei, a self-service pizzeria and restaurant. The very particular interior décor makes this an enjoyable place to eat, and with a large sun terrace, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Dolomites over a slice of pizza.
Over in Campitello is a small but popular eatery, the Mini Restaurant. This family-run establishment prepares a range of traditional Ladin dishes from goulash to potato dumplings. But there are only 18 seats, so it’s important to book.
In the centre of Canazei is the Osteria La Montanara, a restaurant offering a more unusual range of Italian dishes. There are meat and cheese platters galore, and all the food is beautifully presented. However, they don’t do reservations so make sure you turn up early.
This area is a haven for walkers. A 2km riverside walk leads from Campitello to Canazei, and further paths link all of Fassa’s seven villages.
There's no train station in Val di Fassa, but you can catch a bus to the stations in Ora (2 hours), Trento (3 hours) and Bolzano (3 hours).
A local bus service allows you to explore much of the area. Buses runs at certain times between Campitello and Canazei, and once a day from Canazei to Val Gardena. There are also buses between the other villages, as well as a tourist road-train in Canazei.
An efficient system of lifts, gondolas and cable cars stays open from June to September, ready to whisk you higher into the mountains. Get unlimited access to many of them with a Panorama Pass.
Every year Val di Fassa welcomes walkers of all abilities – and it’s easy to see why. The majestic Dolomites reign over the valley, ensuring some of the most beautiful mountain views in the world, wherever you roam. Casual walkers can wander through pretty meadows, over rolling hills, and along gentle paths that link Fassa’s seven villages. Or catch the summer lifts up the peak to discover alpine huts and clear mountain lakes. Those with a bit more energy can climb towards the summit on foot, and the area is dotted with ancient churches and WWI lookout posts.
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