The village, which was the birthplace of Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I, is Canale – called Forno di Canale from the first half of the 19th century up to 1964. It is a small mountain municipality in the province of Belluno, in the heart of the Dolomites and precisely in the Agordino area. It has become Unesco World Heritage since 2009. The village is in the centre of the Biois valley, more precisely between the touristic centre of Falcade to the west and Cencenighe to the east. The Valles and San Pellegrino passes favour a suitable communication with the nearby Trento Region. Canale is surrounded by majestic tops such as the Civetta, Lastéi (Focobon), the impressive Altopiano delle Comèlle, the Cime d'Auta and the Marmolada.
How to get to Canale
The fastest means of transport to reach the Dolomites is by car. For further details on road conditions and road network please contact:
Società Autostrade 06.43632121, phone number 1518 active all day long.
In Belluno, on the large square in front of the railway station, there is the main bus stop of Dolomitibus, the coach company of the Venetian side of the Dolomites. Take the Belluno-Agordo-Falcade line. (tel. 0437.217 111, www.dolomitibus.it)
From Trento and Bolzano: Atesina, main coach company. Take the Trento-Cavalese-Penia line and change at Moena (from Trento) or Bolzano-Ora-Cavalese-Falcade (from Bolzano) (0461.983627, www.atesina.it)
From Bolzano: Atesina or Sad ( 1678.46047, www.sad.it)
From Venice (in the summer season) Brusutti (www.brusutti.com)
The nearest railway stations to Canale d’Agordo are: Belluno, Trento and Bolzano. From there one can take the coach.
Trenitalia, the National railways, give you the opportunity to rent the ticket on-line avoiding boring queues (147888088, www.trenitalia.it
The main and more suitable airports to reach the Dolomites are
Treviso, Venice, Verona and Bolzano. From there you can take the train and then the coach.