4.5 miles, Full day
Via ferrata Cesare Piazetta is said to be the most difficult in the area and indeed, it is not for beginners. There are often 90 degrees sections, which require a lot of forces in your shoulders or good footwork. Formally the difficulty is D.
The start is in Passo Pardoi between towns Canazei and Arabba. Leave your car at Ossario del Pardoi. You go up from there, cross the route 626, climb the ferrata to the top of Piz Boe, take 638 to Rif. Forc. Pardoi and descent along route 627 to Passo Pardoi and back to your car.
You will need about 5 hours of walking time and there are two chalets along the way. The ferrata will take about 2 hours.
All the ascent is on the south face, don’t forget to take enough of water with you, it could be quite hot in summer.
You must have a full ferrata set (helmet, Y-set and harness. Recommended is another rope (for beginners) as there are sections without normal via ferrata metal rope. If you are not experienced, consider hiring a mountain guide. There are no tunnels, a lamp is not necessary.
Best season: June – September (the description is from September 2011)