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Passo della Mauria

This is one of the bigger roads into the dolomites from the south, but still more bikable than the heavily tunneled roads to the east. Still on a Friday in September I had virtually no traffic and this exceptionally smooth road, not to mention the not so smooth mountain ridges in the upper field of view to myself.

1.START-END NORTH:jct SS51-road to Passo della Mauria
2.Lorenzago Di Cadore
3.TOP:Passo della Mauria, 1298m
4.Forni Di Sopra
5.Forni Di Sotto


From North.
This is a civilized well kept road, fairly wide, to give access to the first real vacation towns in the dolomites from the south. The road remains in the trees, and the mountains play the part of large amphiteaters between the high treeline and the sky. 4 numbered tornati seem to lead to the wide wooded gap. But it takes a little longer for the road to negotiate its way to the wide saddle.

From South. (described downwards). There are few switchbacks on this side too. But mostly this is a fast descent which moves along rapidly on the map. Not like Sella di Razzo on the other side of the mountain, where there just is not enough room on the map to include all those switchbacks. The tourist towns on this side Forni di Sopra and di lower make a very relaxed impression. Below that the road enters a 2.2km long tunnel. The old way on the right through several shorter tunnels is closed after several km. Before reaching Ampezzo one more small workout is required to get over a point almost big enough to be called a summit. Entering Ampezzo from this side gives this town with its boxed togehter housing the most medieval appearance, of all the towns along this loop.

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A Dayride with this point as intermediate summit is on page: Sella di Razzo s(u)