Naturonda is a nature and geology trail at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel in Val Gardena. The starting point is the Sella Pass from where the trail is marked by ‘Naturonda’ wooden signposts.
Walkers can choose between the simple route (featuring a pram on the signs) and the slightly more strenuous trail leading through the so-called City of Rocks. The walk takes around 40 minutes, though it is difficult to resist stopping in places to savour the stunning high mountain landscape.
The vista takes in the Sella massif, the Odle/Geislerspitzen and the glistening white glacier of the Marmolada. The Comici-Hütte refuge at the half way point beckons with refreshments and a place to relax. Wooden information boards along the trail provide information on the local fauna: marmots, Alpine (Arctic) hares, chamois, golden eagles, red foxes and the ubiquitous cows which seem to enjoy posing for photos.
Start and finish: Sella Pass
Time required: 1 hour
Difficulty rating: easy