This hike to the "Rifugio Angelo Dibona" from this car park on Falzarego Pass is an easy walk, suitable for everyone, but that needs a little training because of a height gain of 400 m (1,312 ft).
This hike can be found on the Tabacco Map 003 "Cortina d'Ampezzo e Dolomiti Ampezzane" and goes through Path 403.
This hike is loved by Cortina residents, as it is not too strenuous, but is tiring enough to justify a rewarding lunch. The mountain lodge is very welcoming and has a beautiful terrace.
Path of the hike
Our hike to "Rifugio Dibona" starts at the intersection between the Falzarego Pass and the deviation towards "Pomedes". The exact point can be easily identified by a wooden structure, that prevents access to campers, indicating Pomedes - Tofana and from the a signboard of the "Regole d'Ampezzo", on which you can find interesting information on this location.
The first part of the walk is on an asphalted road open to traffic, for this reason we advise you to stay on the edge of the road, paying attention to any vehicles.
After more or less ten minutes you will reach the alpine pasture named "Fedaròla". These buildings, in the past, were used as stables for summer grazing of sheep. The name derives from "féda", which means sheep in the local dialect.
From here the walk goes on for about thirty minutes, on asphalt road, always uphill with more or less steep climbs, nothing too tiring anyway.
In some points you will cross the Mount Tofane ski slopes. This is the reason why you will see some weird metal structures, they are part of the artificial snow systems that are used in the less snowy winters.
Along the road you will also find a fountain with drinking water, it is clean water which rises directly from the source under the mountain group of the Tofane.
The asphalt trait of the road ends in this car park, at the intersection to the Rifugio Duca d'Aosta. You have to continue straight, along the wider gravel road, that is clearly signposted. You're now about two-thirds of the hike.
The second part of the hike continues along the white road, and will get you to the mountain lodge in about thirty minutes. This trait is also open to vehicle transit, although less busy. Try to stay on the side of the road, always paying a little attention.
Throughout the climb you will have an amazing view of the mountains of the area, but the protagonist of this hike will certainly be the Mount "Tofana de Rozes", which will stand out in front of you for the entire duration of the hike.
Once we arrived at "Rifugio Dibona", we decided to eat an encore of pasta, accompanied by a refreshing pint of beer. As mentioned above, this hike is very popular among the inhabitants of Cortina, as the mountain lodge has been managed by the same family for many years and the food is very good.
With full bellies we relaxed on the terrace of the mountain lodge, we had a chat with the manager and then we returned to the car, along the same road taken for the climb, taking approximately forty minutes.
The "Rifugio Dibona" is named after Angelo Dibona, considered one of the best climbers of the twentieth century. In addition to this mountain lodge, in 2012, the name of the main square of Cortina was changed to Dibona Square. Near the square there is also a monument in his name, created by the sculptor Murer, in 1976. We talked about Dibona Square and other things that can be seen in the town center on the page beneath:
Many hikes start from the area of "Rifugio Dibona", such as the climb to "Punta Anna" or the famous loop of the "Tofana de Rozes". Some of these are among the best-known hikes in the Dolomites, and offer breathtaking views of Cortina and its peaks. These are hikes for expert hikers, in some cases even via ferratas, we therefore recommend to try them only if you're accompanied by a guide or if you have training and experience.
This area is also famous for the discovery of a fossil of great historical interest. The Ampezzoa triassica, the oldest fossilized amber in the world. These findings are possible thanks to the characteristic formation of the Dolomites, which present a stratification of sediments clearly visible and easily reachable. If you want more information on the geological characteristics of our mountains, we invite you to read the page we wrote on the topic:
How to get there
The parking lot on the Falzarego Pass from where our hike starts is a free but small gravel parking lot. In peak season you should arrive early in the morning, to increase your chances of finding a free place.
If the car park is full you can continue up the road, trying to park on one of the lay-bys along the road. Be careful not to obstruct traffic by occupying the roadway. Alternatively, you can continue up the road to the locality of Cianzopè, where you will find a large gravel parking lot. From the center of Cortina it takes about twenty minutes by car.
Another option is to take the bus to Falzarego Pass and get off at the stop called, in dialect, "Cason dei Caai". This is the official name of the stop, but it's very specific, it may be a better idea to ask about the stop for the "Rifugio Dibona", which is much more familiar.
It is a seasonal bus that should be active from mid-June to mid-September. For more information and to purchase tickets, you should contact the ticket office of the bus station. It may be closed during lunch hours.
Finally you could consider taking a taxi. From Cortina to the car park to the "Rifugio Dibona", on the Falzarego Pass, the cost should be, approximately, €30. Consider that prices could vary greatly, both for the type of vehicle and the number of people, so you should ask for a quote. Taxis are found both in Roma Square and the bus station, or you can visit the official taxi website.
For any doubts you may have, you can consult the Tourist Information Office in the center of Cortina.
The hike to "Rifugio Dibona" can be done at any time of the year, even in winter, as the road is regularly groomed. In case of snow it is highly recommended to have crampons to attach to your shoes, to avoid slipping on the ice.
In January 2023 the management decided to suspend the snowmobile service, allowing hikers to reach the mountain lodge without being disturbed by the passage of snowmobiles. If you want to try this beautiful experience, we recommend you read our page where we talk about winter hikes:
If you decide to eat in the "Rifugio Dibona", the structure could be closed, approximately, from mid-April to the end of May and from mid-October to mid-December. If you don't want to have unpleasant surprises during the low season, you should check the actual opening on their website or by telephone.
Even if this is not a difficult walk, when you go hiking, you should always use comfortable shoes and bring a backpack with some water, a snack and a rain jacket. If you are not used to mountain excursions, before venturing, we recommend you read the page below:
We want to emphasize that, in the Dolomites, there are rules to be followed. The main ones are:
- It is strictly forbidden to light fires.
- It is strictly forbidden to pick plants and flowers.
- Free camping is prohibited.
- It is prohibited to abandon garbage.
- It is mandatory to keep pets on a leash.
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