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Visit San Martino di Castrozza
San Martino di Castrozza is a village, now essentially a mountain ski resort, at almost 1500 metres altitude and located in the dolomites of north-eastern Italy and to the south-east of the Trentino-Alto Adige region.
It sits in a forested valley below the high plateau and peaks of the dolomite mountains of the Natural park of Paneveggio-Pale di San-Martino.
A small, calmer ski resort compared with many of the extensive ski domaines that have developed in France and Italy, San Martino di Castrozza is well placed to explore the southern part of the dolomites.
It is also one of the most popular resorts in the region, both in summer and winter, as it has been for over 100 years.
The ski runs accessible from here are both numerous and highly regarded, with more than 40 pistes in total covering 60 kilometres, and with ski-runs available to suit all levels of ability, a choice of three cross-country routes (graded easy, medium and challenging), and frequent superb views across the mountains.
The night-time ski run called the Colverde has also been recommended to us.
Note: the other important ski resorts nearby include Passo Rolle, Primiero and Vanoi.
Although San Martino di Castrozza is especially popular in winter for skiing, the cable cars operate in the summer as well, enabling hikers to access the higher mountains more easily (and non-hikers to enjoy the scenery).
The two best cable cars for views are those that ascend Alpe Tognola and Cima della Rosetta, and the cablecar that climbs Pale di San Martino itself.
There are of course numerous hikes and other opportunities to enjoy the splendid scenery, and other outdoor sports such as mountain biking are very popular.
Although little remains to remind you of the historical importance of the town when you visit San Martino di Castrozza, you can see the San Martino Church which once formed part of a hospice that stood here, providing aid to intrepid travellers crossing the mountains.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Trentino-Alto Adige guide.