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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hotel Astoria, Canazei

In Canazei, Val di Fassa, the Hotel Astoria (4 stars hotel) looks back on an unbroken tradition of hospitality and has been managed by the same family since the war. The house is situated centrally in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites. Most impressive too are sunset that bathe the mountains in golden light. The ambience of the hotel is most pleasant. Guests can enjoy the traditional and refined dishes carefully prepared in our kitchens.


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Monday, June 25, 2007

Val Gardena: Art & culture

Val Gardena used to be part of a territory called "Ladinia", and the traces of its two thousand year old history are still visible. "Ladin" is a Rhaeto-roman language that is still spoken in the four Ladinian valleys of the Dolomites. Ladin originated from a mix of Latin, spoken by the Roman conquerors, and Celtic (Rhaetian), the language of the territory's first inhabitants. This particular historical circumstance makes of Val Gardena the emblematic meeting point of many European cultures.
The preservation of traditions and cultural patrimony and especially of the Ladin language are a bulwark of this people. "Bën unì" = "Welcome": by listening to this arcane language or watching a day of celebration with the Gardenesi dressed in their traditional costumes, it is possible, as if by magic, to rediscover all the shine and glamour of the past.

Val Gardena is quickly becoming an important centre thanks to the many cultural projects that take place here. For example, in the last few years, it has hosted the Music FestiVal Gardena (in July and August), a series of classical music concerts by some of the most prestigious world orchestras. Thus, Val Gardena is becoming one of the major points of reference on the international music scene. In the same period, young musicians from all over the world come here to attend the International Music Masterclasses.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hotel Lupo Bianco, Canazei

Small adorable and peaceful place in the heart of the Dolomites

The Lupo Bianco hotel of Canazei offers incredible opportunities for the skiers. The famous Sella Ronda area is very close. From the same lift facilities you can reach the areas of Siusi, Corvara, S. Cassiano up to Cortina through the Armentarola. Skiing is the most beautiful sport in the world for the breathtaking panoramic views. On our slopes you can enjoy amazing views and unforgettable days. There are specific slopes for snowboarding which are very large with the possibility of skiing in maximum safety.

From the Lupo Bianco hotel of Canazei you can plan the most amazing climbs in the dolomites, or beautiful hikes in the mountains without any risks and enjoying a unique panoramic view. The mountains around the Lupo Bianco hotel are exceptional and unique with breathtaking sceneries. Climbing of every type is possible directly from the area where the hotel is. Although for tougher excursions it is advisable to have a guide.

Situated directly on the famous Sellaronda skiing route that connects the four Ladin valleys: Val di fassa, Val Gardena, Val Badia, Livinnallongo. Small pearl in the middle of many natural treasures, the Lupo Bianco hotel is the best choice for a serene and gratifying vacation in every season. The Talmon family guarantees a personalized service and a warm atmosphere cordial and welcoming.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Ladin Cultural Institute

ICL “majon di fascegn” (Ladin Cultural Institute) is one of the cultural organisations whose aim is to support the Ladin community, a linguistic minority group living in the heart of the Dolomites (Italy). It is an independent branch of the Autonomous Province of Trento. It was established in 1975 and is based in San Giovanni (Vigo di Fassa), in the ancient building “Tobià de la Pieif” (a monumental hayloft next to the vicarage of the Fassa parish church).Its statutory objectives include collecting, cataloguing and studying materials referring to the history, economy, language, folklore, mythology, and customs of the Ladin people.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 9.00-12.00 a.m./ 2.00-5.00 p.m.
Friday 9.00-12.00 a.m.

how to reach us
A 22 / E 45 Brenner Motorway
Egna / Ora exit – SS 48 of the Dolomites direction Cavalese – Val di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa – hamlet San Giovanni
Bolzano north exit – SS 241 direction Karersee – Val di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa – hamlet San Giovanni


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Sella Group: Ferrata delle Mèsules

This is the ferrata on the Sella and, seeing that it dates back to 1912, also the oldest. It takes a line through the NW Face of Piz Ciavaces, first climbed in 1909 by Mayer and Haupt. The first 250m up the splendid vertical wall are airy and demanding but the difficulties ease off once the characteristic ledge at half-height is reached. The ferrate is one of the most beautiful in the area and consequently extremely popular. Those who prefer not to queue up… have been warned.

Access. The walk-in takes about 15 minutes. From Passo Sella follow the obvious path NW, traversing beneath the Sella towers to the base of the ferrata situated to the right of a large black streak which marks the line of a waterfall.

Begin by climbing up cables to a series of chimneys with pegs. Continue past fantastic vertical rock up the NW Face (ladders and fixed cables) to reach a ledge and amphitheatre: follow this the broken ledge at half-height (2250m). Having surpassed the major difficulties enjoy the splendid view onto the Alps far in the distance and, close up, the elegant and imposing Sassolungo. Traverse left along the enormous ledge to the start of the second part of the ascent which, via gullies and stepped terrain, leads more easily to the Piz Selva summit (2941m).

From the Mesules plateau follow path no. 649 to forcella Antersase. Descend along path no. 647 down Val Lasties to reach the Passo Sella road which, in 2.5km, leads back up to the pass.
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The culture in the Dolomites

The Dolomites possess a history and culture that go back thousands of years. This history, along with factors such as the beauty of the landscape and the difficult climate, reflects directly on the territory and its inhabitants.

This antique pride, loyalty and hospitality, sense of belonging and love for the mountains inherited from the first inhabitants of the Monti Pallidi can still be found today in the people of these valleys and their traditions, strengthened as a result of the sufferings and great discomforts endured throughout the centuries.

Tradition and culture that live within the Splendide Comunità di Fiemme, the 11 Regole d'Ampezzo and those of the Comelico and Cadore, within Tyrol's 'legge del maso chiuso' and the Regole di Spinale and Manez. A culture that perpetuates in legend, festivities, woodwork and handicraft. And this culture is also reflected in what is on offer for the tourist: increasingly cutting edge and constantly more oriented towards the protection of the environment.

The Ladin Language

Ladin has its origins in neo Latin and came about as a result of the contact of Latin with the local language. This occurred after the conquest of the Dolomite valleys by Roman troops in 15 BC.

Nowadays Ladin is the fulcrum by which the local population of Badia, Val Gardena, Livinallongo, Val di Fassa, Val d'Ampezzo, Cadore, Agordino, Val di Zoldo and Comelico identifies itself. This identity enhances the awareness of common origins, and at present the study of Ladin is compulsory in schools in Val Badia and Val Gardena.


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Val di Fassa: Sounds of the Dolomites

"The Sounds of the Dolomites" is a summer music festival that gathers artists of international fame who perform surrounded by the Dolomites, the mountains that Le Corbusier used to call "the most beautiful natural architecture in the world". The event, unique in its genre, organized by Trentino Spa is gaining more and more success, since it combines music and nature and attracts people fond both of art and hiking from all over the world. A new way of enjoying different kinds of music and live art performances surrounded only by the mountains.

July 8– Val San Nicolò: Banda Osiris
July 15 – Ciampac: A mix by "Des voix bulgare"
July 21– "At Dawn in the Dolomites" at Rifugio Fuchiade: Margherita Hack, Mario Brunello
August 1 – "At Dawn in the Dolomites" at Rifugio Roda di Vael: David Riondino and Gianluca Putrella
August 8 – Rifugio Berg Vagabunden Hütte: Francesca Breschi, Damiano Puliti and Fabbroni
August 18 - Rifugio Monti Pallidi: Adel Salameh Trio
August 23 – Malga Bocche: Hariprasad Chaurasia Trio
August 30 – Baita Valace: Emanuele Zanfretta & Patrizia Borromeo
September 8 – Rifugio Micheluzzi: Richard Galliano


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Vie Ferrate in the Tofane Group

Ferrata Giuseppe Olivieri

This ascent, almost entirely equipped with cables, follows the steep southern arête up Punta Anna, the large outcrop that looks onto the Tofana di Mezzo. Without a doubt one of the most interesting and beautiful via ferrata in the Dolomites, its steepness, exposure and beauty render it immensely satisfying, and the view onto the imposing south face of the Tofana di Rozes is unforgettable. The ferrata can be extended by combining it with others close by, including the ascent of the Tofana di Mezzo.
Getting there
By car: from Cortina take the road towards Passo Falzarego. Near a little church after Pocol, a signed track (signposted Rifugio Dibona) leads off to the right. Turn left at the next fork and continue to Rifugio Dibona. By chairlift: from Cortina take the road towards Passo Falzarego. Just outside Cortina turn right following signs for restaurant Pietofana. From here take the chairlift first to Rifugio Duca d’Aosta and then to Rifugio Pomedes.

From Rifugio Dibona take path no.421 to Rifugio Pomedes. From Rifugio Pomedes follow the signposted path away from the top of the chairlift to the scree slope and then leftwards to the start of the ferrata beneath the east face of Punta Anna.

The steep and exposed ascent follows a line through the east face, then briefly onto the SW Face, before continuing on Punta Anna’s steep southern arête. Airy sections up extremely solid rock lead in about 1 hour to the beneath Punta Anna (2731m). From here there are two options. Either 1) follow the equipped ledges leftwards (signposted Giussani) to the scree slope that leads down from Bus de Tofana and enjoy the scree run down to path no. 403. This links Rif. Giussani to Rif. Dibona and leads gently back down to the starting point – recommended). Or 2) continue up the crest towards the Terza Torre Pomedes, via cables and easy slabs, to reach the Doss de Tofana and the descent path. Alternatively, continue from the Doss de Tofana to the summit of Tofana di Mezzo along the Via Ferrata Gianni Aglio.

1) Descent along the Bus de Tofana scree slope: reach path no. 403 and descend to Rif. Dibona. Continue along path no. 421 to Rif. Pomedes if the starting point was at restaurant Pietofana. 2) Descent from the Doss di Tofana: follow the path towards the Ra Valles cable car station and then turn off right down Sentiero Giuseppe Olivieri. Equipped in the steepest sections, this leads swiftly to Rif. Pomedes.



Galleria del Piccolo Lagazuoi

Galleria del Piccolo Lagazuoi
This very particular remnant of the First World War is completely equipped with cables and leads through the famous winding tunnel created by the Italian soldiers. Starting from Cengia Martini they dug through the Piccolo Lagazuoi to attack the Austrian soldiers occupying the summit.

Getting there
From Cortina d’Ampezzo to Passo Falzarego (SS 48) and then with the Funivia del Lagazuoi cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi. Alternativly, follow path no. 402-401 on foot from Passo Falzarego (2117m) (2 hrs- 630m height difference).

Directly from Rif. Lagazuoi along the obvious path.

Given its steepness the tunnel is usually descended from Rifugio Lagazuoi. Its dark and damp environment is only rarely broken by a few spectacular windows cut out of the rock, before it opens out below at Cengia Martini and the military remnants. This itinerary is an excellent choice when the weather is poor and a torch, ideally a headtorch, is indispensable. Without a doubt highly interesting and unique, it allows the hiker to experience “at first hand” the enormous hardship and suffering endured by the troops fighting on both sides of the Great War in the Dolomites.

From Cengia Martini follow the marked path to quickly reach path no.402 which leads back to Passo Falzarego.


To download the map of the Via Ferrata click here

Enjoy your stay in the Dolomites.



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