RS panorama plaetzwiese winter
RS panorama plaetzwiese winter

Prato Piazza

The high plateau in the Valle di Braies valley between Mt. Picco di Vallandro and Mt. Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo is a real natural jewel.

In the saddle between the 2,839 m high Picco di Vallandro and the 3,146 m high Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo mountains, the wide alpine pasture of Prato Piazza - “Plätzwiese” in German - is located at 2,000 m a.s.l. It is part of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and provides a fascinating landscape, ideal for those seeking a natural scenery that has a relaxing impact. The natural and genuine area was able to preserve these precious characteristics. Particularly fascinating is the panoramic view on the surrounding mountains, such as the famous 3,221 m high Monte Cristallo, the Three Peaks of Lavaredo and the Tofane mountain group.

Prato Piazza is starting point for the hike on Mt. Picco di Vallandro. At 2,040 m a.s.l., close to the Rif. Vallandro mountain hut, the “Forte Prato Piazza” is located, a ruin of an Austro-Hungarian fortress. The high plateau is also popular in winter, for ski touring, snow-shoeing or tobogganing.

Already a long time ago there was an asphalted connection road between the Val Pusteria and the Val di Landro valleys. Today, however, only the northern access is still asphalted. The high plateau is accessible in summer and winter by public means of transport or by car (toll, only before 10 am and after 4 pm starting from Ponticello), motorhomes or camper are not allowed.

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