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Canazei is a town and holiday-ski resort in the eastern part of Trentino-Alto Adige. Well placed for exploring the dolomites in the region, Canazei is in a great setting, and the main resort in the Val di Fassa which has high mountains rising on either side. As a result it is no surprise that Canazei is a popular destination in both summer and winter.
Discover Canazei - summer
During the summer months Canazei is an excellent base for hiking in the dolomites, with mountain climbing also very popular in the region. Hiking is a particularly popular activity from Canazei, with hikes of different challenges available. Some of the toughest are found in Gruppo di Sella to the north of the town.
The town also has a reputation for the local rock climbing opportunities in the Marmolada, Sella and Sassolungo areas, and Canazei has been a stage in the Giro d'Italia cycling competition on several occasions so cycling enthusiasts like to follow some of the popular routes through the mountains.
If you are visiting Canazei during the summer we suggest you buy a Panoramapass which allows unrestricted use of the lifts and some other local transport - although quite expensive at about 60 euros for a full one week pass, you will see a great deal more of the local scenery if you have one, with easy access to the viewpoints and mountain trails.
The lifts from the town make it easy to reach the best viewpoints, which are very spectacular, making the town a very good summertime base - the viewpoints at Col dei Rossi, Passo Sella and Pecol are among the best.
Discover Canazei - winter
Skiing is not surprisingly the main occupation of winter time visitors. Part of the 'Val di Fassa' ski region, there are more than 150 km of ski-runs to hand, along with 50 km of off-piste possibilities.
The principal ski areas are called Ciampac, Belvedere and Marmolada. There are several choices of route to follow when skiing here so for more detailed information about the ski routes and options see ski in Canazei.
Typical activities, as well as 'regular skiing' include off-piste routes, a snowpark and an ice stadium and the chance to have ski lessons. There are other leisure centres such as a swimming pool and spa centre and the apres-ski opportunities are also quite extensive.
The Sella Ronda is a 42 kilometre long circuit that passes through Canazei and (with slight variations) can be travelled by car, by ski in the winter and by mountain bike in summer.
Prefer to stay in your car when you explore? Take the road east from Canazei to Val Badia, and enjoy more fantastic mountain views.
Although Canazei is essentially an outdoor sports destination, you might like to also take a look at the 16th century church in the heart of the village or the small church with a dome, also dating from the 16th century, at nearby Gries.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Trentino-Alto Adige guide.