The whole world was a rock.
Dolomites included. At least 70 million years ago when they emerged from the sea.
Nowadays, they are a masterpiece of erosion that can breathe the breath of all the tourists who reach them for the most disparate reasons.
At dawn and, above all, at sunset, dolomites shine from rosé to deep red: the phenomenon is called Enrosadira and is particularly visible on summer evenings.
Alpenglow. It depends on the presence of dolomite calcium and magnesium carbonate, which cause the mountains to light up in the dark when it is sunset. The dolomitic slopes develop colors ranging from light yellow to red fire, then flatten into various levels of pink and purple, to disappear in the darkness of the night.
According to a Ladin legend, there was once a king!
King Laurino and Rosengarten, his rose garden, identified with the Catinaccio group. The beautiful daughter of the King, Princess Ladin, one day while caring for her rose was kidnapped by King Latemar.
The father despaired of his misfortune and died of a cripple, but before exhaling his last breath, he cursed the roses that had revealed his kingdom to the enemy and, as a result, had been the cause of the abduction of the princess. Then, after ordering that the roses never flourish again in day or night, he spun. Fortunately, it was forgotten of dawn and sunset, and since then, the walls of the Catinaccio are tinged with pink at the beginning and at the end of each day.
Apart from the history and legend, the “pale mountains” as they are also called the Dolomites, they are a spectacle of nature and are part of the UNESCO heritage and the Natural Park of the Dolomites of Ampezzo.
What surrounds Cortina d’Ampezzo is a story that blends between the Ladin legends and the conquests of ancient peoples, including, of course, waving the flag of the Senate and of the Roman Empire.
Cortina, originally a breeders country, it owes its development to its forests, thanks to which it became a source of raw timber, and to its geographical frontier position, which was then annexed for 400 years to the Austrian Empire – Hungarian Empire.
This town knew its tourist potential in the eighteenth century: it was during this period that it became the first accommodation facilities, large hotels and sports centers.
The First World War broke the territory so much that many of the Dolomites that surround the Ampezzo Valley have their scars seen today.
In 1918, after the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Dolomites opened up to the world and to the sport to crown Cortina d’Ampezzo, Queen of the Dolomites, the title that keeps it today.
Noteworthy are the workshops of Cortina, where local handicraft products are productions of the traditional tradition: often these are unique designs of their kind. The talent of Ampezzo artists is known all over the world, so it is not so rare that they are also called outside Italy to carry out their ‘artwork’.
Allow time to spend on a lap of these creations: it’s worth it.
Free ride zone
[If you believe it is necessary, you can rent E-Bike, the assisted pedal will make the path you choose at all accessible. For rental and equipment, you can contact us at the office.]
The two – wheeled tour of which I want to talk to you begins in Faloria (2134 meters) near Cortina, where the dolomites’ light and sparkling air will welcome you. Here comes the mountain bike and starts to pedal, immersed in the clean sunlight and the alpine peace.
Proceed slowly to fully enjoy the natural beauty that make the scenery in this path and that will catch your eyes and attention until you arrive at the Rio Gere resort.
A tip: alternating chairlifts, cable cars and pedals is the best way to enjoy the panorama from different angles throughout the tour so let’s go for Pass: it’s the easiest and cheapest way to use the Cortina ski lifts (with or without bicycle ..)
When you arrive at Area 5 Towers makes a stop and take advantage of a look around.
Here, a cultural initiative made it possible to walk through the trenches and galleries in Lagazuoi, both the theater of the fierce clashes that took place during the Great War: a real open air museum.
How does the tour end?
Well, I would say with a good meal to consume strictly in one of the shelters placed along the way! I would recommend you in particular one, (maybe because I fell in love with the suggestive location and the kitchen) on Lake Ajal. Sandra will be happy to welcome you and offer you exquisite dishes. Also, if you like fishing, you can do it quietly, indeed … Here are some noodles with delicious trout sauces, so if you have to take something, keep this in mind.
Yes, I know … Recently I often close the articles talking about food – it will be that to rethink what I have tasted and the flavors I have discovered, I get the water in my mouth.