The Refuge Bai de Dones is just off the SS48 between Cortina and Passo Falzarego. Take the chairlift from there up to Refuge Scoiattoll. Before walking up to Refuge Nuvolau turn east and visit the 5 Torri open air museum. There was heavy fighting in this area during World War 1 between the Italians and Austrians. The Italians have restored large parts of their trench system, bunkers and gun pits.
After visiting the museum walk up a clearly defined track to Refuge Nuvolau, passing Refuge Averau on the way. The views from Nuvolau are superb and it is a good place for lunch. There is a short grade one via feratta just below the refuge. It consists of about 25 meters of wire and a small ladder. It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.
Descend to Refuge Averau and turn west along path 419 to return to Refuge Bai de Dones by an easy and pleasant path.
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.