Why "Viel dal Pan"?
The footpath that stretches right across the
mountain, linking Passo Fedaia with Passo
Pordoi, was once used by flour merchants
from the Belluno area as a quicker and
alternative route to the roads down in the
bed of the valley. Flour, an essential
ingredient for making bread, represented an
excellent bargaining product and was
bartered in the Ladin valleys for
handcrafted goods, as well as for other
products. It is precisely because of the
little path’s original use that the existing
route and mountain refuge are now called
“Viel dal Pan”.
To tell the truth, praise for the discovery
of this route, one of the easiest and most
spectacular footpaths in the Dolomites, with
its incomparable view of the Marmolada
“Queen of the Dolomites”, should go to the
German doctor Karl Bindel, president of the
Bamberg section of the “DOAV-CAI” , who
first covered the route in the late 1800s,
and who personally oversaw its restoration.
Indeed, footpath No. 601 is also known as
the “Bindelweg”, after its discoverer.