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Boys walking on gravel path with grassy areas on either side and dramatic mountains in background.

Cascate del Pisciadù Hike (Dolomites) – All You Need to Know

Ciao! If you’re thinking about hiking to the Cascate del Pisciadù, check out this mini guide that will explain:

  • How to get to the hike start
  • Where to park
  • What the trail is like
  • What you’ll see at the Cascate del Pisciadù
  • How to hike to the cascate with kids
  • Things to see and do before or after your walk

I’m a mom in Italy who’s been in love with the Dolomites since I first set foot in the area in 2004.  I’m back every year, now with my three small boys. 

We’ll take you along with us on our most recent walk to the Cascate del Pisciadù. 

Andiamo! – Let’s go!

What are the Cascate del Pisciadù?

The Cascate del Pisciadù is a small waterfall that you can reach at the base of the Sella Group in Alta Badia in the Dolomites in northern Italy. 

Where is the Trailhead for the Cascate del Pisciadù Hike?

Trailhead with people walking on gravel trail ahead. Mountains in background. Foreground has wooden fence but it's open where trail starts.
The beginning of the hike to Cascate del Pisciadù

You can get to the Cascate del Pisciadù from multiple places, but I’m going to focus on one – Colfosco.  It’s a small village set between Passo Gardena and Corvara in Badia.

The trailhead is next to Hotel Luianta, on the side of the SS243, the main road that runs down Passo Gardena into Corvara in Badia.  You can see the trailhead marked on the Google Map above.

Good To Know:  There’s a handy trail map posted to the left of the trailhead.

Good To Know:  If you’re based in Corvara in Badia, just below Colfosco, you can easily start the hike from Corvara and walk along the river or take the Borest gondola from Corvara to Colfosco to start the hike.

Where to Park for the Cascate del Pisciadù

Boy walking in parking lot. There are about 12 cars in the gravel lot. There are forested mountains in the background.
The paid lot at the trailhead

At the time of writing, there are two parking lots next to the trailhead.  The lot at the trailhead (next to Hotel Luianta) is small, but free.  On the other side of the building (next to Ristorante Matthias Keller) is a larger, paid lot. 

If you park in the paid lot, just walk around the building, either on the road or below the building, to get to the trailhead.

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Hiking to the Cascate del Pisciadù

The hike is a gentle walk of just over 1 kilometer (each way). 

Follow trail signs for Cascate del Pisciadù / Cascades de Pisciadù.

Wooden trail signs with mountains in the background.

The trail is a wide, gravel path.  You also walk over a small wooden bridge.  At the end of the trail, you arrive at a small grassy patch with picnic benches and some trees (nice for shade).  You can relax and have a snack or walk a couple of minutes up the trail to the waterfall.   

On a recent visit with my kids, it took us 1 hour each way, but that included a lot of stops.  If you walk without stops, you could make it in around 30 minutes (each way). 

DISTANCE: About 2 kilometers, round-trip
TERRAIN: Wide gravel path
TIME: About 1 hour round-trip, without stops

Be sure to:

  • Pack water, snacks, and sunscreen
  • Wear appropriate shoes, especially if you want to walk up the rocks to the waterfall
  • Pay attention to weather – don’t hike in a storm!
Grassy area. Trees on left and in background. Mountains in background. People on left.
You can relax and have a drink and snack in the grassy area just below the waterfall

Good To Know:  There’s a small toilet at the bottom of the waterfall.

Hiking to the Cascate del Pisciadù with Kids

Two boys playing in small stream. Grassy area and mountains in background.

This is an excellent hike to do with little ones if you’re in the Dolomites with kids.

You can even bring your stroller on the entire hike, except for the last small climb up to the waterfall.

My kids love:

  • Checking out the waterfall
  • Playing in the small stream you cross near the end
  • Choosing their favorite wildflowers
  • Spotting other waterfalls from afar
  • Looking for paragliders

If you take your kids up the small path to the waterfall, make sure you’ve got proper footwear for you and for your children and know that there can be a few small pools (depending on recent weather).

Things to See and Do Near the Cascate del Pisciadù

View of the Cinque Torri Italy, in the Dolomites on a gorgeous summer day.
Cinque Torri

Colfosco – hike; take a chairlift to a mountain hut

Cinque Torri – hike; explore the open-air WWI museum; watch the rock climbers

Cortina d’Ampezzo – have aperitivo at Hotel de la Poste; shop at boutiques; explore the Cooperativa

San Cassiano – visit the Ladin museum; have aperitivo; take the lift up to Pralongià

Santa Croce – hike; stop at the stations of the cross

Moviment Parks – amazing outdoor playgrounds for kids

Val Gardena – explore Ortisei; hike Resciesa or Seceda; take the gondola up to Alpe di Siusi

Corvara in Badia – nice base for hiking and cycling; a great place to stay with your kids in the Dolomites

You may also want to read about
Driving in the Dolomites
Cycling Dolomites Bike Paths

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Cascate del Pisciadù FAQ

Can you ride a bike to the Cascate del Pisciadù?

Yes, you can ride a bike along the wide gravel path to the waterfall.  You’ll need to leave your bike if you want to walk up the last little section to the waterfall.  There are plenty of cyclists on mountain bikes and gravel bikes riding the trail to and from the cascate.

Is the Cascate del Pisciadù a large waterfall?

No, it’s not a large waterfall, but it’s in a beautiful and peaceful setting in the Dolomite mountains.  If you’re interested in seeing a dramatic waterfall with a lot of water flowing, this isn’t the one for you.

Is it an easy walk to the Cascaste del Pisciadù?

Yes, it’s a gentle walk to the Cascate del Pisciadù.  It’s not completely flat, but it’s suitable for those craving a gentle stroll, or if you want to go on a walk with your family.

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