Legendary via ferratas
5 itineraries for experts and the hunt for the greatest vista
Your adrenaline is pumping, the sheer emptiness beneath you is mind-boggling. You’ve just hooked your carabiners to the steel cable and have become one with the rock face. You feel every muscle in your arm stretch as you reach out for a steel rung. Silence, concentration and then, finally, the summit. Around you rise countless peaks, the higher ones still crowned with snow. You point them out one by one, recalling their names. Once you’re at the top, fatigue becomes a distant memory. That’s what it’s all about!
The crests and gullies in the rocky heart of the Brenta Dolomites or the jagged peaks of the Rosengarten (Catinaccio) group. Suspended walkways overlooking the Adige valley and Lake Garda or cabled ledges that take you on a tour of the sites of the Great War. The Dolomites, besides being considered amongst the most beautiful mountains in the world, are also renowned for their numerous via ferratas, Italian for “Iron Way”, which offer some truly magnificent panoramas.
Here are our top 5!
The via ferrata “Le Bocchette” in the Brenta group is probably the most famous high mountain via ferrata in the entire Dolomites and is definitely one of the most complete and articulated routes. This network of cabled pathways, which covers the entire massif and extends along high narrow ledges, allows you to soak in the mountain and admire some of the most spectacular Alpine vistas out there. Via Ferrata for experts.
Ferrata delle aquile
If you fancy the thrill of being suspended in the great void, up amongst the clouds, then the “Ferrata delle Aquile” is what you’re looking for! One of the most fascinating routes in Trentino for climbing enthusiasts, it can be reached by cableway from Cima Paganella. Planned with more experienced climbers in mind, physical fitness is recommended. Via Ferrata for experts.
Ferrata Roda de Vael
The via ferrata “Roda di Vael” in the Rosengarten (Catinaccio) group is considered relatively simple and yet brings you right up to the summit of the beautiful Roda di Vael. It’s usually done as part of a longer itinerary along with the more difficult via ferrata Masarè. Footholds and steel rungs allow you to climb up and down without any particular difficulty.
Ferrata “Rino Pisetta”
Created in 1982, the “Rino Pisetta” is considered one of the most challenging via ferratas in Italy and is indeed very technical with numerous vertical and exposed stretches. Once the summit of Piccolo Dain is reached, the entire Valle dei Laghi unfolds before you with its vineyards and the lakes of Santa Massenza, Toblino and Cavedine. A via ferrata for experts in good physical shape.
Sentiero dei Fiori
This historical itinerary in the Val di Sole dates back to the First World War and is very interesting from a panoramic point of view. The route develops along old trenches with the aid of steel cables and suspended walkways. Considering the relative complexity of this via ferrata, this route should be undertaken with the proper climbing equipment and decent physical fitness.