Hiking ten non touristic trails in Lamon, Dolomites

Lamon is a non-tourist village at the very beginning of the Dolomites, located 600 m above sea level.

Hundreds and even thousands of cars pass it every day, especially on weekends in the summer season, on the way to the popular resort of Pale di San Martino, and therefore only a few people go to Lamon. Well, they could…

There are 15 wonderful hiking trails around the village, where are likely to be no other tourists than you.

In this article I propose to walk 10 of them, from the city center to the farthest corners of the village.

Ivan Kuznetsov
Local in the Dolomites and Karelia

Ringing Trail
Shepherd’s Trail
Neighbourhood Trail
World Trail
High Trail
Abandoned Trail
Deer Trail
Azur Lake Trail
Bicycle Trail
Happiness Trail

To Know About Lamon Before Hiking

Lamon is a commune located on the quite large hidden mountain plateau in the extreme western edge of Feltre’s area, on the doorsteps of the Dolomites. It is bordered on the east by the deep engraving of the Cismon stream and surrounded by mountains that separate it from the Tesino and Valsugana areas.

The administrative center is located on a wide alluvial terrace at 600 meters a.s.l. while the surrounding area (a territory of over 54 square kilometres) is steep and sometimes difficult to access.

Visitors here can enjoy a quiet and relaxing destination which also provides them the opportunity to make numerous excursions in the nature, along trails that lead to the rediscovery of charming and abandoned villages or to the majestic summit of Monte Coppolo (2069 meters a.s.l.).

Lamon also offers great opportunities for food lovers who are interested in tasting our typical local dishes, such as smoked sheep meat, fried cheese, “pendolon” and many other culinary specialities related to our tradition.

#1. Ringing Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 1. Piazza 3 Novembre — Colle di San Pietro — Rigoi — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Church of Saint Daniele.
  • Places on the way: Colle di San Pietro, Rigoi.
  • Arrival: square on November 3.
  • Level of difficulty: simple.
  • Travel time: 1 hour.
  • Length: 1 km.
  • Height difference: 40 meters.
  • Terrain: easy walk, panoramic views.

This short but interesting itinerary leads back to the origin of the community of Lamon, which developed itself around an ancient fortress built by the Romans in the 1st century AD to defend the military road Claudia Augusta.

Some historians speculate that on the hill of S. Pietro there was also a small temple dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter Ammone from which the name of the village derives, whereas others assume that the name ‘Lamon’ has Etruscan origins.

In the early Middle Ages, a chapel dedicated to St. Peter was built on the ruins of the fortress which had by then lost its strategic function. Over the centuries the church has been enlarged and enriched with decorations, an organ and paintings, among which stands out a painting by the artist Pietro Marescalchi.

Before climbing the hill you can also admire the exteriors of the recently restored church of S. Daniele.

#3. Shepherd’s Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 3. Lamon — Sirao — Gorna — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: sportive camp in Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Sirao, Gorna.
  • Arrival: Vallina crossroad.
  • Level of difficulty: simple.
  • Travel time: 2 hours.
  • Length: 3 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 0 meters.
  • Landscape: easy walk, forest path.

This easy and relaxing trail develops through clearings and woods. Green trees in the forest of spruce and hazelnut trees and honeysuckles in the undergrowth offer protection to many wild animals (foxes, martens, dormice, hedgehogs and nocturnal birds of prey).

Leaving the town center behind you, follow the road Vallina until crossing a dirt road on the left. From here proceed on this road to the plain of Gorna , the capitello of S. Antonio and then back to the centre of Lamon in about 15 minutes.

#4. Neighbourhood Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 4. Lamon — Pezze — Rugna — Ponte Romano — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Pezze, Rungna, Ponte Romano.
  • Arrival: Lamon.
  • Level of difficulty: simple.
  • Travel time: 2-3 hours.
  • Length: 4 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 80 meters.
  • Terrain description: easy walk, forest path.

Behind the hill of S. Pietro visitors will find housing units, fields and plantation that shape a landscape of great value. Once in Rugna, continue along the ancient Via Claudia Augusta that descends to the recently restored bridge over the Stalena stream. The last part of the trail, flanked by a beautiful hedge, leads visitors back to the town centre.

#5. World Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 5. Lamon — Pezze — San Donato — Crosser — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Dispatch: Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Pezze, San Donato, Crosser.
  • Arrival: Lamon.
  • Level of difficulty: average.
  • Travel time: 6-7 hours.
  • Length: 13 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 490 meters.
  • Interest: high mountain, panoramic views, forest path.

This itinerary is very interesting both for researchers and history enthusiasts.

Following the directions, this trail takes you from the square to Pian di Sala. It is assumed that this extensive erosion surface was formed during the glaciations (ice age). The path approaches the slopes of M.Gial and proceeds towards the Val Maggiore.

It then descends towards the hamlet of S. Donato, where the numerous findings testify the antique presence of a Roman settlement. Between the Drosere and the Colle Furlan rose a manor used to defend the military road Claudia Augusta (also called Via Pagana) on the first century A.D.. This road facilitated the cultural exchange between different peoples, who later came together in the community and “Regola” of Lamon.

# 7. High Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 7. Lamon — Valdalanga — Scheid — Furianoi — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Valdalanga, Scheid, Furianoi.
  • Arrival: Lamon.
  • Level of difficulty: simple.
  • Travel time: 4 hours.
  • Length: 7 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 430 meters.
  • Terrain characteristics: high mountain, panoramic views, forest path.

In the old written code ‘La Regola di Lamon’ (1330), it was mentioned “la Righ”, a long canal that from the Rio Molina descended crossing the center.

Starting from the bridge over the Molina, the trail intersects several times the road to Le Ej until the deviation for Valdalanga, a forest road leading to a large clearing with cottages. The many cabins and houses indicate that the territory was intensively exploited. The locality of Scheid, where wide meadows and old beech hedges alternate, is the ideal environment for roe deer and hares.

#8. Abandoned Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 8. Lamon — Furianoi — Pugnai — Bellotti © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Furianoi, Pugnai.
  • Arrival: Val Rosna.
  • Level of difficulty: average.
  • Travel time: 5 hours +1 hour to Bellotti.
  • Length: 8 kilometers.
  • Height difference: 200 meters.
  • Nature of the area: easy walk, panoramic views, forest path.

In ancient times this trail was a mule track which connected our territory to the valleys of Vanoi and Primiero.

From the Val Molina reach the locality of Furianoi through different short cuts and then follow the path which winds above the Cismon valley. From here on tou will enter into the provincial oasis of the “Conserlo” which covers the eastern side of the Monte Coppolo. Once passed the rocks and beech woods, cross with caution the landslide to arrive to the locality of Pugnai.

This hamlet preserve the charm of the ancient mountain settlements even if the forest is now invading the meadows and terraced fields, which were fundamental in the past when people still lived here . Then follow the direction for Val Rosna, where a bus service will take you to Ponte Oltra or Ponte Serra.

This hike can be extended to the further hamlet of Bellotti.

#9. Deer Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 9. Lamon — Beccara — Col Vigne — Furianoi — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Beccara, Col Vigne, Furianoi.
  • Arrival: Conte.
  • Level of difficulty: simple.
  • Travel time: 3 hours.
  • Length: 6 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 230 meters.
  • Terrain characteristics: panoramic views, forest path.

This easy trail introduces visitors into a natural environment characterised by terraces, originated during the ice ages, that rise on the right bank of the Cismon valley.

Continuing along the road visitors reach the sunny district of Maschi, which in the past was inhabited by expert woodcutters who worked in the largest forests of Europe. The hamlet of Furianoi is located in a panoramic position. The streets connecting these districts to the centre have been built when most of the population had already moved elsewhere.

#10. Azur Lake Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 10. Lamon — Diga — Prese — Senaiga Lake — Ponte Serra — Lamon © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Lamon.
  • Places on the way: Diga, Prese, Passerrella.
  • Arrival: Lamon.
  • Level of difficulty: average.
  • Travel time: 4-5 hours.
  • Length: 11 kilometers.
  • Height difference: 440 meters.
  • Terrain characteristics: easy walk, panoramic views, forest path.

A beautiful circular trail that crosses different environments.

Starting from the town centre, this trail descends towards Ponte Serra. The bridge over the Cismon was built during the construction of the road connecting Fonzaso to Primiero in 1882 while, just a little below, there was a bridge dating back to the Middle Ages. After passing through a small tunnel, visitors will find themselves above the artificial barrier on the Senaiga (62 metres high), built between 1949/51.

After the dam, the forest road dominates a stretch of the lake. Here the luckiest can spot mallards and grey herons. Continuing along the road, visitors will reach the locality of Prese, a well maintained grassy slope occupied by some cabins. An opening in the trees shows the plateaus of Lamon and Sovramonte dominated by the Monte Coppolo and the Vette Feltrine and in the background, between these two, the Pale of San Martino and the group of Lagorai. Going down to Vapora, visitors reach the gangway on the Lake Senaiga. From here visitors can reach the town centre in about 40 minutes.

#11. Bicycle Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 11. Arina — Chiappini — Toffoli — Gobi — Arina © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Arina.
  • Places on the way: Chiappini, Toffoli, Gobi.
  • Arrival: Arina.
  • Level of difficulty: simple.
  • Travel time: 3 hours.
  • Length: 7 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 360 meters.
  • Nature of the area: forest path.

The Chiappini is a wonderful example of isolated human settlements. Today a comfortable road allows visitors to reach this place with no struggle, but just try to imagine which kind of isolation and difficulties their inhabitants endured until 1945. Тoday no one lives here anymore.

From the church of Arina, the trail proceeds left towards the “solivi”. In just 30 minutes’ walk hikers arrive to the charming district of Piloni. In other 15 minutes and after the “Col Sec”, the hamlet of Chiappini shows all its beauty; even if only 930 metres a.s.l., the landscape resembles that of the highest summits . From this position, looking beyond the valley, visitors can enjoy the restful panorama of Cima Campo and Cima Lan.

#13. Happiness Trail

Hiking in Lamon, Dolomites. Trail 13. Lamon — Costa — La Val — Geronemoni — Chioé — Costa. © Ivan Kuznetsov
  • Departure: Costa.
  • Places on the way: La Val, Geronemoni, Chioé, Rugna.
  • Arrival: Costa.
  • Level of difficulty: average.
  • Travel time: 3-4 hours.
  • Length: 6 kilometers.
  • Altitude difference: 390 meters.
  • Terrain character: high mountain, forest path.

From anywhere you look at it, the hamlet of Costa is really picturesque.

The beginning of this trail is that of the ancient Roman road then, once in front of the Christ in wood, hikers need to turn left in order to reach the locality of La Val in about 30 minutes. This hamlet resembles the ancient medieval villages.

Following the main street, visitors arrive to the bridge built over the Senaiga and taking the right path they can reach in 30 minutes the district of Moggi.

Going in the direction of Arina, the path descends to the locality of Geronemoni and then to the old sawmill Tomasini, which towers over the Senaiga. After the bridge the trail continues towards the hamlet of Chioè, a small fertile and still well-cultivated terrace.


Text source: Pro Loco Lamon. Find information about all of the trails in Lamon, Dolomites.

Cover photo: on the bridge of hiking trail #8 Lamon — Bellotti in May 2018 © Irina Kudres.