The trail to the Torre di Pisa lodge starts from Passo Feudo.
You can reach Passo Feudo with the 2 lifts that depart just above Predazzo (Stalimen): first take the cable car that goes to Gardone and then the chair lift to the Passo Feudo mountain hut.
Once you get to Passo Fuedo, you can take trail no. 516 that starts climbing steeply and then more gently across a flowering pasture. As you look up at the mountain, you will see right away our place: Torre di Pisa lodge. Seen from below, it seems to be balancing on top of a rock.
On the first part of the trail you can encounter on the left, the “omeneti”: typical cairns (stones) made by hikers to mark the route in case of fog. The constructions are very peculiar. In German, they are called “stoanmandln” (men of stone).
Continuing to climb among the greenery, on the left, you can admire the Pala di Santa. The trail and the pastures of Pampeago, dotted with cows, are clearly visible. You’re arriving at the first stretch of stones and rocks: on the left, there is the turn off for trail no. 22 that takes you to Mayerl Alm. This is the Latemar Panorama, one of the Latemarium Dolomiti-Unesco routes.
Leave trail no. 22 behind and continue the walk on the stony path in front of you. As you quickly gain height and reach a grassy saddle, you can stop and admire the view. Keep going on the path that zigzags between steep pastures to your right and white rocks to your left. Looking up, you’ll see our place even closer while on the right, looking down, you can see the village of Predazzo.
The trail curves to the left and comes to a small scree slope that you can easily get over by keeping to the left. From here, you can only climb over a stony path, sometimes rocky. This is a rather interesting geological section. In fact, you will notice very dark strands among the typical white rocks. It is rhomb porphyry, the remains of the volcanic eruption of Predazzo. During the eruption, millions of years ago, the force of the molten lava literally dug out chimneys in the Dolomite rock to be able to escape.
Continuing on the path and within a few minutes, you will reach the last wide rock steps which will take you to the top to Torre di Pisa lodge (restored in summer 2016 and recently opened). The view enjoyed from this observation point is absolutely breathtaking!
The 360° view takes in the Lagorai mountain chain, mostly porphyry, as far as the granite massif of Cima d’Asta. On the left, the “Pale of San Martino” rocks stand out with their unmistakeable appearance. Continuing on the left, only mountain experts could recognise Mount Civetta, Pelmo and Antelao. Then you’ll see: Marmolada, Tofana di Mezzo, Piz Boè while the bell towers of Latemar obscure the view of Catinaccio that lies just behind.
Looking over to the west you will see two of the highest mountains of Trentino-South Tyrol in the distance: the Otler and the Cevedale followed by Dolomiti di Brenta, Presanella and Corno di Cavento.
We cannot neglect the famed Torre di Pisa though. It won’t take long before you can admire it from above.
From the Torre di Pisa lodge continue walking always along trail no. 516 towards Forcella dei Camosci. Climbing up for a few metres behind the mountain hut and the helipad, you can get a much better view of the surrounding peaks and, above all, be able to see westwards the Torre di Pisa. This spire of Dolomite rock is 40 metres high and very much resembles the tower of the same name in the Tuscan city.
After having laid eyes on this incredible sight, you can enjoy lunch or a tasty snack at the Torre di Pisa lodge. The way back is by following the same route.
Please note! It is important to be at Passo Fuedo by 5.15 pm to catch the last chairlift. (lifts close at 5.30 pm).
- From Pampeago with chairlift to Passo Pampeago and then path no. 516 for Passo Feudo, approx. time: 2 hours
- From Predazzo with Latemar 2200 up to the Feudo pass then continuing on the N516, approx. time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- From Obereggen (BZ) with chair lift Oberholz and then path N22 and N516. Approx. time: 2 hours (for those who do not wish to use the lifts the nearest starting point is Pampeago (Tesoro) or Malga Lahner (Oberregen).