Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo

IMG_0697Having to wait for our daughter’s arrival in Venezia for a few days, we decided to take a short vacation break in the Dolomiti and walk around Cortina d’Ampezzo. (The very name of the town is enough to call in me visions of vertical chalk north faces! I have read a lot of mountain literature about the Dolomiti but never found the opportunity to come (t)here. The general feeling reminds me a lot of Austrian Tyrol (well, this was Austrian Tyrol before The War!) and Swiss Graubunden, except for those unique chalk cliffs.) The place was not overly crowded and, provided one did not pick a short walk or a walk coming near a road, the trails were quite peaceful. We managed to get to the bottom of the mythical Tre Cime di Lavaredo on such a path, hitting the crowd only at the end (which was annoying enough!, crossing people wearing sandals and bikinis, walking their poor dog, or even a whole unit of Italian soldiers looking more on vacation than in maneuvers). The views of the three peaks are utterly mesmerising and I wish I could have spent more time looking at the historical routes. As it happened I did a run around the rock formation, which reminded me the run of last year around Ayers Rock, although it was in different conditions (cooler, on softer ground and without a backpack). Anyway, I am very glad of this short trip as I discovered a wonderful place close enough to Venezia airport to squeeze a hike or a climb on my next trip to Venezia or Padova. Molto bene!

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One Response to “Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo”

  1. drewancameron Says:

    FYI: the #1 reason to collaborate on astro-statistics projects = (conferences at) the Sesto Centre for Astrophysics!

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