Crossing a nature sanctuary
- Departure: Passo Croce d’Aune (1,015m)
- Arrival: Riserva Integrale Piazza del Diavolo (2,200m)
- Duration: 1st day: 3 hours (climb at the dal Piaz mountain hut ); 2nd day: 7 hours
- Difficulty Level: EE – For expert hikers
- Difference in height: 1,300m
- Recommended Period: from June to September
- Virtual tour: Passo Croce d’Aune – Riserva Integrale Piazza del Diavolo
To visit the reserve well, it is advisable to stay overnight at the Dal Piaz refuge, which can be reached by going up from Passo Croce d’Aune in 3 hours of walking.
The second day is dedicated to the visit of the integral reserve of Piazza del Diavolo: one of the naturalistic sanctuaries of the Park, a mysterious place that legend has it as a meeting place for witches.
From the refuge take the Alta Via n. 1 (CAI path 801) up to the Vette Grandi pass, then cross the splendid glacial cirque of Busa delle Vette up to the Pietena pass. The path continues along the Busa di Pietena, runs alongside the Valon fork (from which you can look out onto the vertical north slopes of the Vette Feltrine) and reaches Piazza del Diavolo. A magical place: a labyrinth of huge blocks of rock arranged in a circle around a large grassy area. This incredible conformation, which gave rise to various popular legends, is probably linked to the collapse of a rocky tower on whose side there was a small glacial circus.
IMPORTANT NOTE: since you are in an Integral Reserve area, it is forbidden to leave the path.
Location: Vette Feltrine
Access: Once you reach the town of Feltre, follow the signs for Pedavena and, from here, go up to the Passo Croce d’Aune. At the pass there is a large car park, near the Park information point.
Signage: CAI path 801.
Didactic supports: Didactic panels of the Park at the Passo Croce d’Aune car park and at the Dal Piaz refuge