A very interesting group of towers, characterized by a high quality “dolomia”, is rising close to Passo Falzarego (m. 2105); these peaks belong to the Fanis group and are easily accessible from the national road (SS 48) rising from Cortina d’Ampezzo towards the pass. Torre Piccola di Falzarego, rising nearby the higher and greater Torre Grande, is one of most interesting, because of its nice shape, the exposition of its routes, the extraordinary quality of the rock and the pleasant climbing.
As its major sister, Torre Piccola shows a steep yellow and grey South-East face, overlooking the ruins of the WWI ancient military hospital, and a shorter grey and compact West face.
- Road approach from Belluno: follow the road SS 51 towards North, getting Longarone and Pieve di Cadore; from Pieve the SS51 turns to left, reaching San Vito di Cadore and Cortina d’Ampezzo; from here follow on the left the road SS48 to Passo Falzarego.
- Road approach from Bolzano: follow the Brennero Motorway, exit Bressanone and then follow the road SS 51 along Val Pusteria, leading to Brunico and Dobbiaco; from Dobbiaco follow on the right Val di Landro, getting Carbonin m. 1432. At the fork road in Carbonin turn to right towards Cortina d’Ampezzo. From Cortina take the road SS48 rising to Passo Falzarego.
Walking access to S face routes
From Ristorante Strobel m. 2055 (parking), situated on the right of the road rising towards Passo Falzarego, about 1 km. before getting to the col when driving from Cortina, follow an obvious path ( red-white marks) rising to a level war-road (Boscato, m. 2168). Turn to right (East), walking on the level war-road heading towards the ruins of the ancient military hospital. 50 meters before getting there, follow on the left a steep track rising to the bottom of the South face of the tower. (30 min. from the parking)
Walking access to W face routes
From Ristorante Strobel m. 2055 (parking), situated on the right of the road rising towards Passo Falzarego, about 1 km. before getting to the col from Cortina d’Ampezzo, follow an obvious path ( red-white marks) rising to a level war-road (Boscato, m. 2168). Turn to left (West), follow the war-road for about 20 meters, then turn to right on a steep track rising amongst the dwarf-pines getting to the West side of the peak. (50 min. from the parking)
First summit ascent: unknown climbers along the NW ridge, nowadays the Normal route to the summit
All the routes of Torre Piccola di Falzarego (UIAA Scale):
South and South-East faces
- Via Comici (South Ridge) V-, 240 m.
- Via Brandolini V, 230 m.
- Via delle Guide III, IV, IV+, 250 m.
- Via Diretta Ghedina V, 280 m.
- Normal Route IV-, 130 m.
- West Face IV, IV+, 115 m.
Downclimb 15 m. (II, III) towards East, getting a ledge; follow it to left (North) and look for an anchor. A 25 m. abseil leads to a notch between Torre Piccola and Torre Grande. Downclimb the gully between the two towers (possibility of abseiling) leading the track below the towers. Scramble down to the main path.
No particulary restrictions in hiking and climbing. This climbing area is lying inside the Natural Park of Dolomiti Ampezzane - inside the main area of Northern Dolomites - and requires the best care and respect.
Col Gallina Hut is situated very close to the starting point of the approach path; other possibilities on Passo Falzarego, Passo Valparola and obviously in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
- Camping in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Best season goes from June to middle October
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“Dolomiti Orientali Vol. I – Parte I” by Antonio Berti - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI
“IV grado in Dolomiti” by Emiliano Zorzi - Ed. Idea Montagna
“Arrampicare a Cortina d’Ampezzo e dintorni – Le vie più belle nelle Dolomiti” by Mauro Bernardi Ed. Athesia
Map: Tabacco 03 – Dolomiti Ampezzane 1:25.000