Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Lat/Lon: 46.26260°N / 11.67847°E
Activities: Mountaineering
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Elevation: 9035 ft / 2754 m


Cima di Cece is the greater top of the long chain of Lagorai, which is a part of the immensest called group Lagorai-Cima d'Asta which catches up its maximum elevation in the massif one of Cima d'Asta (m. 2847); this massif is situated to south of the chain of Lagorai and is geologically different. Together, the two zones are, for the insufficient human presence, the greater wilderness-area of the Trentino.
Entire group Lagorai-Cima d'Asta was interested to the military operations of first world war (WWI) because part of the italian-austrohungarian forehead ran here. Today many hiking paths follow the old distances of war that came realize to you from the two armed forces. Cima Cece came fortified with trenches and roads of castling for the refueling that are visible also today.
The route does not introduce alpine difficulties and is adapted the normal hikers.

Getting There

by car, train or buslocation
Here is assumed that the approach comes from west (Roma or Munich by autoroute A22) but not from east (Venezia or Cortina d'Ampezzo).
•By car using the autoroute A22 (Brennero-Modena): get out at Egna-Neumarkt and follow SS48 till Predazzo (see here ViaMichelin), then ask for "località Miola" and follow the local road till "Ristorante Miola". From here the road is quite difficult for greats cars, but in every case you can follow it till Malga di Valmaggiore locality, where you can park the car. Here begins the hiking route to the Forcella di Valmaggiore and Bivacco Paolo e Nicola, that is our way.
•By train: Ora-Auer station (railway Monaco-Roma - web site in italian Trenitalia-IT and in english Trenitalia-EN). From here start the bus services so as described below.
•By bus: using the public services of Società Atesina (a branch of Trentino Trasporti) starting from Trento and/or Ora-Auer or - perhaps better - using the public service of the public company S.A.D.
•Nearest airports: in Verona Aeroporto Valerio Catullo; in Venezia Aeroporto Marco Polo; in Bolzano-Bozen Aeroporto di Bolzano.

Hiking route

The starting point is the mountain barn named Malga di Valmaggiore (m. 1.620 - during summer restaurant service) where the car has let. There are no alpine difficulties.
Through path SAT 335 (SAT=Società of the Tridentini Mountain climbers, the local alpine clubs) begin the way that calmly ascends until small glacial lake Laghetti (m. 1915). The path continues then between knows and detritus going back steeply the Valmaggiore until its term. Shortly before the Staple of Valmaggiore (m. 2180) the crossroad with path SAT 349 is found that directly leads to Cima Cece.
With short shunting line it is possible to arrive until the Bivacco Paolo e Nicola (m. 2180), where who wishes it can also spend the night (until the bivouac: 1,30 hours).
Otherwise it is continued on the left and the war distance is followed that with wide turn at last leads on crest NW of Cima Cece between rests of war construction obtained directly in the stone (metallic cross) is reached at last the top (m. 2754). The aspect of the summit still today the signs of the modifications introduced from the armies: stone walls, several trenches, protections. From the mountain barn of Valmaggiore until the top: 3,30 hours. Huge panorama.
To the return it is possible to shorten the distance coming down directly to the small lakes Laghetti (m. 1915) avoiding therefore to return until the crossroad that goes to the bivouac.
• Mountain barn of Valmaggiore > top Cima Cece = m. 1134 (time 3,30 hours)
• Bivouac Paolo e Nicola > top Cima Cece = m. 574 (time 2,00 hours)

Hiking route italian version
Si parte dalla Malga di Valmaggiore (m. 1.620) dove si è lasciata l'auto. Non ci sono difficoltà alpinistiche. Per mulattiera e sentiero SAT 335 (SAT=Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini, the local alpine club) si inizia il cammino che molto tranquillamente sale fino ai piccoli laghi glaciali dei Laghetti (m. 1915). Il sentiero prosegue poi tra sassi e detriti risalendo ripidamente la Valmaggiore fino al suo termine. Poco prima della Forcella di Valmaggiore (m. 2180)si trova il bivio con il sentiero SAT 349 che conduce direttamente a Cima Cece.
Con breve deviazione è possibile arrivare fino al Bivacco Paolo e Nicola (m. 2180), dove chi lo desidera può anche pernottare (fino al bivacco: 1.30 ore).
Altrimenti si prosegue sulla sinistra e si segue il percorso di guerra che con ampio giro conduce infine sulla cresta NW di Cima Cece. Fra resti di costruzioni di guerra ricavate direttamente nella pietra della montagna si giunge infine alla cima (croce metallica, m. 2754). L'aspetto della vetta porta ancora oggi i segni delle modifiche introdotte dagli eserciti: muretti di pietra, trincee, protezioni varie. Dalla Malga di Valmaggiore fino alla cima: 3.30 ore. Grandioso panorama.
Al ritorno è possibile abbreviare il percorso scendendo direttamente alla conca dei Laghetti (m. 1915) evitando così di ritornare fino al bivio che porta al Bivacco Paolo e Nicola.
•Malga di Valmaggiore > Cima Cece = m. 1134 (tempo 3.30 ore)
•Bivacco Paolo e Nicola > Cima Cece = m. 574 (tempo 2 ore)

Sunset near the bivouacSunset by the bivouac
Morning near the bivouacTne morning after...
leaving bivouac Paolo e NicolaLeaving the Forcella di Valmaggiore...
The first parte of the route...along the first part of the route...
Along the route to the summit... till the Campanile di Cece...
The Campanile di Cece... a true alpine tower....
View to westHere begins the highest part of the route.
The top of Cima di CeceReaching the top of Cima Cece...

Going backGoing back
And here is the end of our alpine-hiking route. The return is simple: by the same path till the crossroad situated a little bit over Forcella di Valmaggiore it is possible to reach directly the alpine lakes Laghetti shorting the way... That's all, folks!

Summit panorama

The summit offers a wide panorama opened to north on the Val di Fiemme and many dolomites's groups like Latemar, Catinaccio, Sassolungo, Sella, Marmolada and others more distant, to east towards the Pale di San Martino, to south towards the Cima d'Asta and the Prealpi Venete, to west in direction of the Gruppo di Brenta, far away but very visible.
Panorama WestWest
North panoramaNorth
Panorama EastEast
Panorama SouthSouth

Red tape

•By car, train or bus you must however catch up Predazzo, situated in the Val di Fiemme (Fiemme Valley) and then the Località Miola at the Restaurant Miola. Only from here you can catch up the starting point named Malga di Valmaggiore.
Bivacco Paolo e Nicola (m. 2180): it came constructed in the 1974 from the Juvenile Tourist Center of Predazzo, has 6 places read, kitchen and pottery. Always open, with water to 200 meters on the source south of the Forcella di Valmaggiore and normally supplied of firewood.

Maps and books

•Advised cartography: Kompass n. 626 (Catena dei Lagorai-Cima d'Asta) 1:25,000
•Books: Mario Corradini, "Lagorai Cima d'Asta", Touring Editore, Milano 2006 - a complete and exaustive guide to the hiking and mountain's paths into the most large wilderness-area of Trentino. Edited by the Touring Club Italiano in collaboration with the Club Alpino Italiano (the official italian alpin club).
•Books: for news wide and deepened on the course of the forehead and the military operations in the zone, it is indispensable to refer to the historical work of Walther Schaumann: "La grande guerra 1915-18, Volume 3 - Prealpi Venete e Trentine", Ghedina & Tassotti Publisher Limited, Bassano del Grappa (Italia), 1984 (this is the italian version of the original “Schauplaetze des Gebirgskrieges - Oestliche Dolomiten, Sexten, Cortina di Ampezzo”. Colonel Walther Schaumann also has founded the association Friends of the Dolomites that has cured the arrangement of trenches and distances of war.

External links

•History: numerous historical references to the war operations of the first world war are available into the multimedia encyclopedia Wikipedia. We have chosen this only external link one because the reperibile material in the WEB is truly too much wide. The various national versions of Wikipedia concur to form a frame of the facts to my opinion enough objective. See the italian, english and german version.
•Tourist office:
•Azienda per il turismo Lagorai
•Azienda per il turismo Val di Fiemme
•Local alpine club: Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini S.A.T.
•Local meteo: MeteoTrentino