Great Mountain Roads: Driving Along the Grande Strada delle Dolomiti

Sep 25, 2020 132

BY: Silvia Donati

The Strada Statale 48 delle Dolomiti (SS 48 - State Road of the Dolomites), also known as the Great Dolomites Road, is a scenic mountain road that runs through the Dolomites, built between 1901 and 1909 to connect the city of Bolzano in Alto Adige (South Tyrol) to Cortina d’Ampezzo in Veneto, passing by beautiful mountain landscapes and such iconic peaks and groups as the Catinaccio, Tofane, Marmolada, Lagazuoi and Sella.

The History of the Grande Strada delle Dolomiti

On 13 September, 1909, the section of the Strada delle Dolomiti between the towns of Arabba and Cortina was inaugurated. The event was celebrated by media in all of Europe and the United States, described as one of the greatest engineering feats of the new century.

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