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From Passo Falzarego, take the cable car up to Lagazuoi and in a couple of minutes you will reach the mountain hut Rifugio Lagazuoi, with the highest terrace of Cortina at 2,752 m offering a spectacular view over an array of mountains towards the south and west.
In summer, here, and along the surrounding tracks and tunnels, guided tours are organised, led by historical re-enactors dressed in uniforms from the First World War period.
From the Rifugio follow the track that goes uphill and in about 30 minutes will lead you on the top of Piccolo Lagazuoi.
The short track, amidst the paths and fortifications dating back to the Great War, will lead you to the famous Lagazuoi crucifix that celebrates the victims of the conflict: it is the highest point on the walk.
Here you can admire some of the highest and most stunning Dolomite mountains: Tofana di Rozes, Croda da Lago, Cinque Torri, Marmolada with its famous glacier, Piz Boè and Mount Civetta.
During this part of the route, in summer you will see many different wildflower species that bring colour to the otherwise barren and rocky ground.
Some species, such as Artemisia genipi, are very rare, and have found their ideal habitat near the Rifugio. Go back along the same path, enjoying the view of mount Tofana di Rozes in front of you, until you reach the station of the Lagazuoi cable car, a few steps below the Rifugio.
Here you will find a high-altitude museum, Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, which organises photographic exhibitions and events.
Admission is free of charge.
After the visit, you can take the cable car back down to Passo Falzarego. By car – From the centre of Cortina, follow the signs to Passo Falzarego, which you will reach in about 25 minutes.
There is a car park at the foot of the Lagazuoi cable car. By bus – Dolomiti Bus operates a bus route from the Cortina bus station to Passo Falzarego.
As this is an out-of-town route with only a few trips every day, we advise checking the timetables when you are organising your trip.