DOLOMITES PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

11 - Passo Valparola *

A high mountain pass in the Dolomites and a beautiful sunrise location
Valporola pass
HOW TO GET THERE
32020 Passo Valparola, Livinallongo del Col di Lana,
Province of Belluno, Italy.

Distance from Cortina d'Ampezzo ~ 19 km (~12 mi)
Travel time ~ 30 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, then turn right onto SP24 del Passo Valparola.
Valporola pass
Valporola pass
about Passo Valparola
Passo Valparola is a high mountain pass at 2,168 m (~7,113 ft) above sea level. The road connects the summit of the Passo di Falzarego in Veneto Province with the Val Badia in South Tyrol.

The road over the pass was built during WWI to supply the Falzarego zone with ammunition. Before that time, there was only one single trail over the pass. During the WWI, Passo suffered greatly -- the remaining fort, Forte Tre Sassi, was made into a museum. Forte was built by Austrians between 1897 and 1901 as a fortification against attacks from Italians on the Falzarego and Valparola passes. Because there was not enough artillery to defend the fort, the Italians eventually destroyed it. However, whatever remained was preserved and now is part of the three main preserved sites of the Great War Museum in the Dolomites.
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Valporola pass
Passo Valparola is specifically a sunrise location. Particularly, shoot up to the north-west above the serpentine (spiral) road.