DOLOMITES PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

10 - Monte Lagazuoi **

2835 m above sea level
HOW TO GET THERE
32043 Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina d'Ampezzo,
Province of Belluno, Italy.

Distance from Cortina d'Ampezzo ~17 km (~10 mi)
Travel time ~25 min

From Cortina, head west on SS51/SR48, turn right onto Via Cesare Battisti/SR48 (signs for SS51/Dobbiaco), and at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto SR48, turn right onto SP24 del Passo Valparola.

S48 road is one of the most beautiful and scenic roads leading from Cortina d'Ampezzo to other photogenic locations that we're covering in this guide.

From Passo Falzarego, there's a cable car going up the mountain from the Falzarego Lagazuoi Cable Car Station. Please check the schedule here.

Upon the mountain, there is a nice little cafe and a hotel, where you can stay overnight. In fact, I'd recommend staying overnight to be able to catch both sunrise and sunset.
about Monte Lagazuoi
Monte Lagazuoi is a mountain in Dolomites high up the 2,835 m (~ 9,301 ft) above sea level. The mountain contains the Rifugio Lagazuoi, a mountain refuge located beyond the northwest corner of Cima del Lago.

The mountain is particularly famous for its wartime tunnels and WWI mine warfare. These tunnels are now open as de facto museums. Mount Lagazuoi was fortified in WWI and used by opposing forces. Between 1915 and 1917, it was occupied by hundreds of Austro-Hungarian soldiers. But after the Battle of Caporetto, the soldiers abandoned those mountains, which opened up the territory to random climbers and tourists.
In the early sixties, an academician, mountain climbing aficionado, Ugo Pompanin, who belongs to Cortina's worldwide famous climbing elite "Scoiattoli," got busy developing routes across the Dolomiti mountains, which are used to these days as classic climbs. Along with his friends, colleagues, and family, he founded a company and raised money for the construction of the Falzarego-Lagazuoi cable car. During the same year, they built the Lagazuoi Refuge. And that was the beginning of the tourism era of the Dolomiti mountains.
The Lagazuoi cable car, initially built in 1964, was completely rebuilt between 1986 and 1987. The cable car runs from the Falzarego Pass (2105 m; ~6906 ft) up to 2732 m (~8963 ft) of altitude, just below the summit of Mt. Lagazuoi (2778 m; ~9114 ft) overcoming a height of 630 m (~2067 ft) and covers the length of 1150 m (~3772 ft).

The Lagazuoi Refuge has the most panoramic terrace in the Dolomites is only 50 meters (~160 ft) away from the cable car station and a short distance from the summit of the Little Lagazuoi. Moreover, the refugio offers the highest sauna in the Dolomites, at an altitude of 2746 meters (~9009 ft).

Interesting fact: the hut has been run by the same family, the Pompanin family, since its construction back in 1964.
PHOTOGRAPHY RECOMMENDATIONS
This location is perfect throughout the day. So, stay overnight and shoot both sunrise and sunset.

On the photography map, you'll see two photo points I recommend, each shooting in the other direction: one to the west and the other one -- to the east.

Take the drone if you have it: stunning scenery shot from above will make your photographer friends jealous.