Fassa valley (Italian: Val di Fassa) is a valley in the Dolomites, the Italian Alps of the Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy. It's best known for its winter sports, but in summer offers superb hiking and other outdoor activities.
The valley is composed of 7 comuni (villages/municipalities; each municipality has a village of the same name in this case), each providing accommodation and other services to tourists. These are from south to north:
Of these Canazei, Pozza, and Moena are the major centres, with Canazei at the head of the valley and the centre of the action.
The climate varies greatly seasonally. From snowy winters to hot summers. Temperatures reaching 30ºC during summer months. The first snow usually falls at the end of November.
As such a lot of information on the page can be season dependent. Tourism is almost non-existent in spring and autumn for instance, and the range of services (such as transport) significantly differs between summer and winter. Also winter months appear the busiest, with prices to match.
A well-serviced line runs from Innsbruck through the valley, notably stopping at Bolzano and Trento among other places. (As a guide €15 from Innsbruck to Bolzano, booking an hour in advance at station.)
Follow motorway A22 until Bolzano Nord. Exit there and follow the indications for "Val di Fassa" (45 km).
Follow motorway A22 until Egna/Ora. Exit there and follow the indications for "Val di Fassa" (45 km).
There are many buses to Val di Fassa, especially in winter and summer. You can catch the bus from Trento, Bolzano, Milano and many other cities in northern Italy.
By day is it quite easy to get around by bus. In the evening there are no buses, and the best way to get around is by car, by taxi (only in winter and summer season), and by foot.
Numerous cable cars/gondolas and chairlifts operate in winter to carry skiers up the slopes. A few of these also operate in summer to carry walkers and others to rifugio (mountain huts/hotels).
- Numerous remains from World War I at the head of the valley.
- Festival of Jstà Event held the last weekend of August in Canazei.
- Via Ferrata
The Dolomites are enormous. The possibilities for day trips to other regions, walking trips, scenery to view, dinner or lunch at a mountain rifugio are endless.