Val di Fiemme Must Read Resort Guide

Nested in the border of the division of Trentino and Sudtirol, with terrain in both provinces, Val di Fiemme is a very special place. This incredible natural landscape heritage of the Lagorai Chain, Pale di San Martino and Latemar Group inhabited by 60 million trees that originate from a millennial culture, amidst two national parks houses a large ski carousel of 5 ski areas, with 110 km of downhill slopes, 150 km of cross country skiing tracks, snow parks, 4 sledding runs, 4 ski-kindergarten and a 1 km of parabolic downhill.

The pistes in Val di Fiemme are very well groomed and long. Photo courtesy: Val di Fiemme.
The pistes in Val di Fiemme are very well groomed and long. Photo courtesy: Val di Fiemme.

The views in Val di Fiemme are spectacular, it is a very long open valley, which does not feel enclosed at all, with lovely views wherever you see.

People can stay in the towns of Cavalese, Predazzo, Tesero, Ziano and Varena. Cavalese at the base of the ski resort of Alpe Cermis. There is also some lodging at the base of the Ski Center Latermar in Pampeago and in the base of Obereggen (this last base area of same the Ski Center Latemar is in the province of Sudtirol, as opposed of the rest of Val di Fiemme that is located in Trentino).

Shopping:

Cavalese is a lovely town that has many shops to entertain the most avid shopper. There is a pedestrianized street with lovely boutiques, local produce and ski shops to be entertained. This is the home of La Sportiva technical apparel, which is produced in Ziano di Fiemme. Downtown Cavalese there is a very well equipped shop of La Sportiva.

Terrace of the Pizza restaurant of Romantik Hotel Excelsior- Cavalese- Photo by The-Ski-Guru.
Terrace of the Pizza restaurant of Romantik Hotel Excelsior- Cavalese- Photo by The-Ski-Guru.

Restaurants:

The food in Trentino-Alto Adige (the area formed by Trentino and Südtirol) is amazing- from very refined Michelin-stars restaurants (as the one Michelin star El Molin, at the Romantic Hotel Excelsior), to great food trattorias.

Lots of local cafeterias and bars abound in the different towns. Cavalese would be my preferred choice where to stay, as it is pretty central and is a lovely historic town with lots of charme.

Masso dello Speck- Photo by: The-Ski-Guru
Masso dello Speck- Photo by: The-Ski-Guru

However, if you stay at the base of Pampeago, one of the bases of the Ski Center Latemar, the Hotel Lo Scoiattolo has a very nice restaurant, and a lovely out-house that serves pizza till late and where people hang out for après-ski.

Where to eat in Val di Fiemme:

As said before, food in Trentino and Sudtirol is amazing, and Val di Fiemme offers lots of great food.

Fine Dining:

  • El Molin: Very elegant restaurant located in an antique mill with modern cuisine that is rooted in the mountains, that tastes of wood, wild herbs, moss and lichens. (Michelin Guide) http://www.alessandrogilmozzi.it/EN/ – this is in the Romantik Hotel Excelsior, downtown Cavalese.
  • Costa Salici: Nice place with modern cuisine (similar to El Molin); it proposes typical dishes using local products with a twist. http://www.costasalici.com/cucina
  • Hotel Ristorante La Stua : The restaurant Sissi Stube à la carte, with its typical mountain furnishings, proposes dishes of tradition and innovation, placing special attention in every detail and always using fresh and seasonal products. http://www.hotellastua.com/en/1/2875/restaurant.htm. This is the restaurant of Hotel La Stua, in downtown Cavalese.
The internal heating system at Hotel La Stua - all the properties have one of them. Photo by The-Ski-Guru.
The internal heating system at Hotel La Stua – all the properties have one of them. Photo by The-Ski-Guru.

Fine/Mid Range

Mid Range

Downtown Cavalese, Tower of San Sebastiano- Photo by The-Ski-Guru
Downtown Cavalese, Tower of San Sebastiano- Photo by The-Ski-Guru
Hotel Romantik Excelsior Cavalese. Photo by The-Ski-Guru
Hotel Romantik Excelsior Cavalese. Photo by The-Ski-Guru

Where to go for Aperitivo: Wine Bar El Molin (Cavalese) http://www.alessandrogilmozzi.it/enoteca-bistrot-wine-bar-trentino.php, Chicchetteria Roma (Cavalese), Aspen Bar (Cavalese), Cheers (Cavalese),
Il Ghiottone (Cavalese) http://laltroghiottone.com/language/en/home-page-en-2/

Aperitivo time - Photo by The-Ski-Guru
Aperitivo time – Photo by The-Ski-Guru

 

Rifugio Oberholz - Obereggen - Ski Center Latemar - Photo by The-Ski-Guru
Rifugio Oberholz – Obereggen – Ski Center Latemar – Photo by The-Ski-Guru

 

  • Where to Après Ski
  • La Stala del Nono (Pampeago) at Hotel Scoiattolo in the base area of Pampeago;
    El Zirmo
    (Bellamonte)

 

Next page – The Ski Areas

You can also read of the Valley next door – Val di Fassa here.

Featured Image: Carano in Val di Fiemme – Photo credit: Val di Fiemme.

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