Hotel Col di Lana has a long and fascinating history, just like the mountains that surround it. Opened on the Pordoi Pass in 1907 by Tita Piaz, the Dolomite Devil, the hotel is located in an area where the sky meets the high peaks, in the heart of a breathtaking landscape.
Legendary mountaineer, Tita Piaz belongs to the history of these mountains. He became a protagonist at twenty years old, when, in 1898, he climbed Torre Winkler on the Catinaccio alone.
A decade later, Tita opened a home for tourists on the Pordoi Pass, which, managed by Almo Giambisi and his wife Mariangela Bruneri – niece of Tita and mother of Nadia, the present owner – starting in the 1970s, became a reference point for the dolomite mountaineering, a base camp where climbers of all nationalities met and decided on new climbs and expeditions.
Today, Hotel Col di Lana, awaits all mountain lovers in front of the Sella Group and Sass Pordoi, with the warm welcome of Matteo and Nadia, Tita’s great-niece. The tradition continues…
The Dolomite Devil
A true pioneer of mountain climbing, Tita Piaz opened at least fifty routes between the Dolomites and the Tyrol. He is also responsible for special downhill techniques, such as that of the “double cord”, currently known as the “Piaz method”. To add to the allure of his person, was his rebellious spirit, lit by his sensitivity to political events. Arrested in 1930, in Col di Lana, he was imprisoned in the jail of Bolzano for nine months on charges of being a subversive. His indomitable spirit moved him, a few years later, at the age of 68, to reach, once again, the top of the Catinaccio.