The Fiorentina Valley is crossed by the famous Alta Via n.1, excursion trail of the Dolomites. It is a long-distance excursion, which can be divided in some daily stages, with starting point Lake Braies. Each stage includes refuges and fixed refuge camps that offer comfort in the rest areas. The entire itinerary requires 10-15 days of walk with arrival in Belluno.

The stage crossing the territory of Selva di Cadore is the 5th one and leads the hikers from Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Città di Fiume. This part of the Alta Via crosses the Dolomitic Number 1 system (Croda da Lago – Mount Pelmo), recognised UNESCO World Heritage. From Rifugio Nuvolau (2,575 m) the trail descends to Passo Giau (2,236 m) and continues towards Forcella Giau (2,360 m). From here, the itinerary crosses the plain of Mondeval de Sora and Forcella Ambrizzola (2,277m) until Rifugio Città di Fiume (1,918m).

Stage 5 – Basic Information:

Height difference: 260 m (ascent), 915 m (down)
Distance: 11 km
Average Time: 5.30 hours
Walking paths: n. 438, 443, 436, 458, 467


Stage 1: from Lake Braies to Rifugio Biella
Stage 2: from Rifugio Biella to Rifugio Fanes
Stage 3: from Rifugio Fanes to Rifugio Lagazuoi
Stage 4: from Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau
Stage 5: from Rifugio Nuvolau to Rifugio Città di Fiume
Stage 6: from Rifugio Città di Fiume to Rifugio Venezia
Stage 7: from Rifugio Venezia to Rifugio Coldai or Rifugio Vazzoler
Stage 8: from Rifugio Vazzoler to Rifugio Carestiato
Stage 9: from Rifugio Carestiato to Rifugio Sommariva al Pramperet
Stage 10: from Rifugio Sommariva al Pramperet to Rifugio Pian de Fontana
Stage 11: from Rifugio Pian de Fontana to Bivacco del Marmol
Stage 12: from Bivacco del Marmol to Rifugio 7°Alpini
Stage 13: from Rifugio 7°Alpini to Belluno