The Moena Area

The Western Dolomites are one of the most fascinating areas of the Alpine chain, well known for their dense network of routes and paths, their abundance of refuges and their unique natural beauty.

Moena is fortunate enough to be part of it and a great many itineraries start from the village.

Cima di Bocche

This the highest point of the porphyry Bocche chain from whose altitude of 2,745 m you can see never-ending vistas.

Precisely because of this dominant position, during the first great war, it was bitterly contested, and bloody were the clashes (Brigata Tevere left 2,000 dead). Even today this historic mountain still shows the wounds inflicted by the war and here, almost out of a dutiful sense of respect, it was decided to build only a small building equipped with everything that may be necessary for those who are surprised by the bad weather or are forced to prolong their stay.


Walks from the Moena valley floor

Duration Walk
1.5 hours From Moena 1,184 m to Someda 1,275 m by the Ciarnadoi footpath

and return by Pezzè

2.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m to Sorte 1,256 m – Malga Panna 1,346 m –

Malga Roncac 1,320 m and return.

1.5 hours From Moena 1,184 m to Peniola-Penia 1,468 m through

the parish of Sorte and return

1.5 hours From Moena 1,184 m to Soraga 1,207 m by Paula  1,246 m,

to the right bank of the Avisio and back along State Road No. 48

2.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – Someda 1,275 m – Soraga Alta  1,265 m

(parishes of Festill, Room and Gerghelle) and return by the same route,

with wide view towards the Cantinaccio Group

2.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – Pont da Mur uphill to the riding school of

Le Pegne (entrance to the Valle di San Pellegrino)

via a comfortable path to connect with the highway

for the pass – Return to Moena by that road

2.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – Someda 1,275 m – ruins of the fort and

path to Ronchi – valley station of the gondola lift

for Valbona. Return to Moena by the same route

3.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – parish of Forno 1,168 m –

by paths on the left bank of the Avisio –

Return to Moena by the same road

2.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – football pitch – and geological trail

by Medil 1,363 m
It crosses a great variety of rocks, from the Scythian period

to the anisic and the dolomite to the mendola, blocked by

volcanic strands.
It finally exits, around the mouth of the Valsorda,

in the darker porphyric rocks. Return by the same


2.5 – 3.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – football pitch –

Medil 1,363 m – climb to Penia or Peniola 1,468 m.
Return by the parish of Sorte 1,256 m.

Walks along the Rio Costalunga valley

This wooded valley rises at the watershed with the Val d’Ega (Carezza), between the north-eastern slopes of the Latemar Group and the southern foothills of the Catinaccio Group (Punta Masaré and Monte Ciampaz).

Peter Anich, in his Tyrolean Atlas of 1774, called the river “L’acqua de Costa lònga” and “Caressa Montagna da Vigo” the watershed with the Val d’Ega. Along this cleft valley he marked, dashed in black, the border between the Diocese of Trento and that of Bressanone.

The river is a tributary of the Avusio River on the right, right in the centre of Moena, after a course of about 5 km, and a difference in height of just under 600 m.

They are in turn tributaries of the Rio di Costalunga, the Rio Prà Polìn (from the left) which collects the waters of the Catinaccio and which flows at an altitude of 1,350 m; a little further down the valley, from the right comes the Rio di Peniola which collects, with two branches, the waters of the north-eastern slopes of the Latemar Group.

The slope of the Costalunga valley is constant, from the origin to the mouth. From this rift, connections to Valsorda (Latemar Group) are possible, via the Forcella Peniola 2,230 m.

In the final stretch of the valley, before the outlet, there is the Malga Roncac; while higher up, above the meadows of Sorte, is the Malga Panna.

The Valley of the Rio Costalunga has a high geological interest, as the Rio, from its source, separates two types of rock: on the hydrographic left, porphyry and quartzites of volcanic nature emerge, while on the hydrographic right, after a strip of morainic soil, the dolomitic limestone rocks come to light.

Only towards the mouth of the Costalunga Valley do we see the return (always on the right bank) of the porphyrites and, above, the crystalline marbles.

Walks along the Costalunga Valley

Dutation Walk
1.5 hours From Moena 1,184 m – to the wooded hill of Palù Long 1,663 m –

vehicular road to Vigo di Fassa or Costalunga Pass.
Trail No. 520

1.5 hours From Moena 1,184 m – to the bridge of Rio Peniola 1,443 m –

Costalunga Pass 1,745 m. Trail no. 519

2.5 – 3.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – to the junction for Forcella Peniola 2,230 m –

Toac – the parish of Peniola 1,468 m – Sorte 1,256 m and return

to Moena.
Trails Nos. 552, 517, and 521 (The itinerary can also be

done in the reverse direction).

3.0 hours From Moena 1,184 m – Sorte 1,256 m – Rio Peniola ravine –

ascent to Monte Ciamp 2,186 m.
Easy but very rewarding trip with great views

over Moena, the Lower and Middle Fassa Valley.

3.5 hours From Moena 1,184 m – Sorte 1,256 m – under the northern buttresses

of Monte Ciamp – the Rio di Peniola – and up to Cima Popa 2,481 m

(Latemar Group).
Long but easy route. The itinerary can be done as a round trip

from the Passo di Costalunga. 2.0 – 2.5 hours.

Car trips:

  • Trento – 85 km
  • Bolzano – 42 km
  • Merano – 74 km
  • Riva del Garda – 130 km
  • Rovereto – 105 km
  • Innsbruck – 152 km
  • Livigno – 176 km
  • Monaco di Baviera – 312 km
  • Gardaland – 167 km
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo – 60 km
  • Selva Gardena – 32 km
  • Venice – 170 km
  • Lienz – 135 km