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Walks and Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

During the First World War the Austrians and Italians fought over this flat topped hill. A former Italian military road runs up from a car park near Lake Misurina to Refuge Bosi at 2206 meters. Private vehicles are not allowed on this road, so you must either walk up or take a shuttle bus. These buses give an exciting ride. The road is steep and narrow, with no barriers between the road and eternity.

Refuge Bose has a small museum that is worth visiting at some point. From the refuge take path n.122 which runs off to the left. This runs around the edge of the plateau and passes a number of tunnels and bunkers created by the Italians during the war. A torch is useful at this point.

Once on the plateau there are lots of paths and you can just roam around looking at the restored WWI trenches, tunnels and bunkers. There is a marked historical trail which will lead you past the best bits.

From the bridge [Forcella dei Castrati] between the two parts of the plateau take path n.6a which leads past more man made tunnels and caverns on the Austrian part of the plateau. There are a couple of short stretches of grade one via ferrata in this area.

To return to the car park continue on n.6 and other paths until you get back to the bottom of the hill. Alternatively, you can return by the military road.

Further information – Shorter Walks in the Dolomites by Gillian Price. Published by Cicerone , UK. ISBN 1-85284-351-9.

Via Ferrata of the Italian Dolomites: Volume 1 by John Smith and Graham Fletcher. Published by Cicerone, UK. ISBN1 85284 362 4.


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