Beautiful and very popular walk that, from the pass of Passo Rolle, arrives at the hut of Baita Segantini, undoubtedly one of the most visited destinations in the Dolomites. The main feature of the entire walk, which develops entirely along the gravel road that connects the pass with the hut, is the magnificent picture offered towards the east on the western sector of the Pala Group, with the peak of Cimon della Pala that stands out isolated on the right and the imposing peaks of Vezzana, Bureloni, Val Grande, Mulaz and Venegiòta. In addition to the peaks belonging to the Pala Group, particularly interesting are the sights of Monte Castellazzo to the north, Passo Rolle and Punta Rolle to the south, the mountain range of Lagorai to the southeast and Paneveggio with the Valley of Fiemme to the east.
The starting point is Passo Rolle (1,984 m asl), near a large car park, located a few hundred meters from the gap, on the east side towards the village of San Martino di Castrozza. From the parking lot the trail begins, next to a building once used as the starting point of the Segantini – Graffer single-seater chairlift – which led directly to the Baita Segantini -, by going uphill on a gravel road featuring comfortable hairpin bends, that immediately leads to a first intersection. At the intersection, the walk proceeds by taking the gravel road on the right towards Capanna Cervino (2,084 m asl). Currently a restaurant, the hut of Capanna Cervino was born in the 1930s as the base of the ski school founded by Alfredo Paluselli who gave this name to the building in honor of the Cimon della Pala, called “the Matterhorn of the Dolomites” (Cervino is the Matterhorn), due to its particular shape.
From the hut of Capanna Cervino, the walk continues on a short stretch on a path that allows you to shortcut the wide bend of the gravel road (it is possible, of course, to proceed along the road). Then, after a relatively flat stretch along the road, you reach directly the hut of Baita Segantini (2,181 m asl) with its small lake, located on the head of the valley of Venegia, facing Dolomites of the Pale di San Martino.
The return from Baita Segantini follows the same route backwards, with the possibility of taking any of the numerous paths towards Passo Rolle which, with the tourist development of the “Trekking del Cristo Pensante”, are now all clearly visible and do not require particular technical effort.
- From the mountain pass of Passo Rolle (1.984 m asl), follow the gravel road ascending towards Capanna Cervino / Baita Segantini,
- From the hut of Capanna Cervino (2,084 m asl), continue the ascent, always following the gravel road, until getting to Baita Segantini,
- From the hut of Baita Segantini (2,181 m asl), head back to Passo Rolle. ✓
BAITA SEGANTINI AND CAPANNA CERVINO
- Additionally to the morphological one, there is a logical line which connects the huts of Baita Segantini and Capanna Cervino; in fact, both of them were born thanks to the artist, guide and polyglot Alfredo Paluselli (1900-1969), also known as “Custode del Cimone” (tr. the guardian of Cimon della Pala).
- Born in Ziano di Fiemme, Paluselli is certainly one of the pioneers of “modern” sports and tourism culture in the region; thanks to work experiences that allowed him to observe different cultures in Switzerland and the United States of America. Once he returned back to Italy, after founding an athletics team in Val di Fassa and obtaining the title of Ski Instructor, he decided to found the first skiing school in the Dolomites, together with his wife Lina.
- Prefabricated by Paluselli with modular blocks in his laboratory in Ziano, the hut of Capanna Cervino was built in the 1930s. The building takes its name from the Cimon della Pala (called “Cervino delle Dolomiti” for its shape, similar to the Matterhorn / Cervino / Cervin). The school was the first one of its kind in Italy to offer accommodation and ski lessons together in one package.
- In 1936, while searching for new inspirations, after having restored a path from the Great War connecting Passo Rolle with Passo Costazza, Paluselli devoted himself completely to the Dolomites pass, building what will be his home for the coming 35 years (including the famous winter of 1950-1951 when Passo Rolle was submerged by more than 25 meters of snow): Baita Segantini.
- Paluselli, known for his frankness, was known to dislike being surrounded by people and to swear at anyone who posed or flaunted harshly. It is also known that Paluselli opened his home to visitors only occasionally, when he left to go back to the valley or to climb, leaving its guests with a simple ticket with the words: “Entrate, bevete, pagate” (tr. come in, drink, pay”).
- The hut, originally built in Bellamonte for then being dismantled and reassembled where is located today by Paluselli, is entitled to the painter from Arco. Baita Segantini remains today one of the most visited destinations in the Dolomites. Among its most illustrious visitors, Alcide De Gasperi, Aldo Moro, Leopold III of Belgium and Pope John XIII.