This is a great short-but-scenic route at south edge of the Tofana Group, not far from Cortina D'Ampezzo. The route is tucked in far down at the base of Punta Anna, along very colorful, slope-forming ochre-colored strata. It (the route) can easily be done without ferrata gear if you are comfortable with a little exposure. There is a wire throughout most of its length, if you need it.
The route, as described here, starts and ends at Rifugio Dibona, which is reached off of a small winding side-road, initially paved, then gravel. The side-road starts off a few kilometres west of the junction of highways S48 and S638, west of Cortina D'Ampezzo. There is a large parking lot beside the Rifugio.
Looking up, you can see the towering bulk of Punta Anna (a fantastic and very much harder via ferrata climbs the Punta Anna - click here
if you want to read about that). The sentiero Astaldi traverses along at the very bottom edge of the steep cliffs of Punta Anna, at the juncture where the steep cliffs give way to colorful slopes of softer rock.
Take path 421 north-east from the parking lot. The trail winds up in a scenic manner, switchbacking up steeply until it reaches a junction with the Sentiero Astaldi (continuing on on 421 brings you very shortly to the Rifugio Dibona and also the start of the Punta Anna Ferrata route).
Heading left at the junction, there is a bit of walking before the wire starts. You can see quite clearly now what this route is about to do, which is to hug the base of the steep cliffs and stay at the top edge of the very beautiful multi-colored and tilted strata of rock below. The footing is mostly good, packed, albeit sideways-sloping dirt. There is good grip, but the wire is there for support if needed.
For perhaps 30 minutes, the sentiero Astaldi undulates along the top of the colorful strata, contouring in and out of little alcoves. In places, the varying hardness of the different strata create a neat notched ledge that you walk inside. If the weather is nice, the combination of colors and views is fantastic. (For lighting purposes, this route is best done in this direction, east-to-west, in the morning. In the evening, it might be better to reverse the loop).
Soon the pleasant traverse is over and the wire ends. From here, proceed down grassy slopes on un-marked paths until you reach trail 403, which you then follow back to the Rifugio Dibona's parking lot.
Quick Reference Ferrate Route Index
rating from the newer Cicerone Guide by Fletcher and Smith
(**) Difficulty rating from older Cicerone Guide by Hofler/Werner