Part of the Dolomiti Superski area, Canazei is a winter wonderland near some of Italy’s best ski resorts, along with national parks and glacier hiking areas. During summer, this charming alpine resort welcomes outdoor adventurers seeking enthralling mountain hikes, placid lakes and rock climbing.
Things to do in Canazei
Canazei is at its most popular during winter when Italians and international visitors descend upon the town for months of powdery skiing and snowboarding. The town has direct access to the Belvedere ski resort via a gondola, which reveals numerous beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes. It’s also surrounded by other enticing ski destinations, including the Sellaronda ski circuit through Val Gardena and the backcountry skiing at Pordoi Pass.
Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a challenge should take on the 3,343-metre-high Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. It features its own ski resort, along with difficult rock climbs and unique glacial trekking areas. Those who want the natural views without the physical endurance can ride the chalet through Fassa Valley.
The actual town of Canazei is a peaceful place filled with Italian eateries and bars, such as Ristorante Pizzeria Te Cevena and the Panificio Zanoner Canazei bakery. There’s also a distinct German influence on the dining and drinking scene, thanks to the Wurstelstand Pippotto takeaway stand and Kaiserkeller pub.
During summer, don’t forget to check out Fedaia Lake, which has scenic trails around its shoreline. You can soak up views of the lake from Passo Fedaia, a 2,057-metre-tall mountain pass with a paved road for cycling.
Getting around Canazei
Canazei can be reached by flying into Venice Marco Polo Airport, about 2.5 hours’ drive away. You can catch buses and trains to the Val di Fassa region from various cities. The town is easily explored on foot, while tours or a car are needed for venturing further afield.