DOLOMITES PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

18 - Passo Pordoi *

A mountain pass in the Dolomites, located between the Sella group in the north and the Marmolada group in the south
HOW TO GET THERE
32020 SR48, Passo Pardoi,
Livinallongo del col di lana BL, Italy

Distance from Ortizei (Urtijëi) ~31 km (~20 mi)
Travel time ~ 50 min


From Orizei, drive via Strada Statale 242: follow Strada Rezia to Streda Tresval/SS242, continue on SS242 to Canazei, then continue on Strada Dolomites/SS48, then drive to SR48 in Livinallongo del Col di Lana.

There's a little hotel nearby and a nice cafe where you can dine.
about passo pardoi
Passo Pordoi is a mountain pass in the Dolomites, located between the Sella group in the north and the Marmolada group in the south. After the Sella pass, it is the second-highest surfaced road traversing a pass in the Dolomites, at an altitude of 2,239 m (~7,346 ft). Passo also marks the border between the Province of Trento and the Province of Belluno and located just 12 km away from Canazei.

Interestingly enough, Passo features as many as 28 serpentines (hairpin bands).

Road over passo was built at the beginning of the 20th century to link Cortina to Bolzano. Viel dal Pan is an ancient road, which was used through centuries by bread traders who drove back and forth between Trentino and Veneto. The peak of Sass Pordoi can be reached within just a few minutes thanks to a cable car from the Passo Pardoi ridge.

Take the cable car up to observe the picturesque landscape. Pordoi also offers easy access to the slopes of the Belvedere ski area and Arabba, in case you're visiting a place in winter.
PHOTOGRAPHY RECOMMENDATIONS
The whole road to the photo spot is very photogenic with spirals (serpentine, hairpins) crossing the mountains and adding a certain ambiance to the location.

The picture in the guide is taken from the road with telephoto lens. To the north-east from the valley you can cross the Passo and stop right at the tunnel to shoot the nearest peaks and valleys to the east, northeast (the photo spot is after passo).

Take a drone if you can to shoot the scenery from above.