Spectacular! The Queen of the Dolomites, the Alpine parlour of Italy: this is Cortina d'Ampezzo, crowned by splendid peaks, the geographie and tourist heart of the Dolomites, holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. In summer tourism is characterised by the beauty of the mountains coloured "enrosadira" (reddish-orange), unique in the world Dolomia and Dolomites, a particular rock that distinguishes the nicest mountains in the world. A paradise for the lovers of sports and for relaxing sightseeing tours.
A magic that has been repeating itself for millions of years. When day gives way to evening's first shadows, it casts an enchanting spell. Pink rock faces, like the colour of the legend. And in that moment, in harmony between light and dark, nature's rays caress the peaks, needles, towers, bastions and ancient cliffs, kissing them like a dream, awakening emotions that warm both heart and memories. This is what most people who have been in the presence of these gigantic rock formations say. Compared to other mountains: brighter, more colorful, more monumental, and seeming to be architecturally inspired. Formed 200 millions years ago out of the primeval ocean, today they reach 3,300 metres into the sky.
There is no lens but that of human eye that can catch and truly comprehend the stark grandeur of the Dolomites of Cortina d'Ampezzo, and even that fine instrument can sometimes be overwhelmed by the majesty of Cortina's compelling surroundings. The colors of the landscape change constantly as the sun moves across the sky, the azure lakes reflect the hard-edged peacks. Cortina is known as the "Queen of the Dolomites" since it is in the heart of the wonderful Dolomites. The town is famous for its lively international atmosphere, its fashionable shops, its excellent restaurants, in winter for its incomparable skiing, in summer for its mountain climbing and hiking.
Misurina is a small enchanting village a short distance from the feet of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Known throughout the world as the Pearl of the Dolomites, Misurina is a popular winter destination for downhill and cross country skiing while in summer it offers hiking, climbing and its lovely natural lake. Lake Misurina is enveloped by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are amongst the most beautiful and recognizable mountains in the Dolomites, the Alps and the World. In the Great War this area of the Alps echoed with gunfire and would become, without doubt, the most surrealistic battlefield in history.
PASSO FALZAREGO and LAGAZUOI
The Falzarego Pass is certainly an earthly Paradise! One can not aptly describe a view like that ! It is all a picture; as if every part was purposely what it is, here rocky, here green, here snowy, with summits, valleys, ravines and villages and even a partly ruined castle to form a whole such as an artist or poet would revel in. Refuge Lagazuoi (9,029 feet high) is on the peak of Mount Lagazuoi above the Falzarego Pass. The incredible view of the Dolomite peaks from its terrace is famous to warrant mentions in many publications. Easy to reach by taking the Lagazuoi cable car, it is a perfect base for visiting the restored tunnels, trenches and emplacements of the open air museum of the Great War.