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Walking in the Dolomites

Walking in the Dolomites

Experience an active holiday full of adventure, sport and activities in the spectacular Dolomite mountains.

Cortina offers more than 400 kilometers of signposted footpaths and hiking trails through meadows and forests, including itineraries with wonderful views – such as the Col Rosà route which takes you to the Fanes waterfalls, or a trip to the magnificent natural caves of the Tofana di Rozes. Experience high altitude hikes with breathtaking views, enjoy peaceful walks within the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites and excursions to alpine lakes such as Lake Sorapis where sheer white rock faces plunge into an emerald-colored lake. 

The vast number of trails in the mountains surrounding Cortina, a landscape steeped in history and legend, allow hikers to discover the most magical, and often least known areas of the Dolomites.

For expert walkers there are challenging itineraries involving long climbs along gravely gorges or traverses across the great Dolomite peaks.

There are itineraries suitable for Nordic Walking and  guided nature walks with educational content for young and old alike, as well as hikes accompanied by expert mountain guides whose in-depth local knowledge is guaranteed to enrich the experience. 

It is also possible to buy the Hiking Pass which entitles you to use all the lifts in the valley.

It's also possible to organize special tours such as Tour of the Dolomites, complete with luggage transport if necessary.

history and legend

A walk through the past
history and legend

A walk through fantasy and legends discovering The Monti Pallidi. 

labyrinth of trails for discovering the most beautiful aspects and at the same time, the less popular, of a real mountain holiday.

You must try the Via dei Dinosauri (The Way of the Dinosaurs), where you will see the footprints of dinosaurs, which were imprinted over 220 million years ago. The Man of Mondeval site where this man was buried at the altitude of 2.000 metres above sea level at around 5000 a.C.

The Giro della Grande Guerra (The Great War Tour) is an open air cultural experience.... 80 km of trails amongst history and nature, on the moutains in the area of  Lagazuoi, The 5 Torri and The Sasso di Stria, all sites where The First World War saw some of the most important battles. 

Stars and planets

Itinerary to discover the solar system
Stars and planets

Trail of the Planets

An easy walk to explore the solar system and its planets.  Along the route, which connects Pié Tofana with Col Drusciè, excursionists will find a series of panels with images of the sun and the planets, arranged at a distance which reflects their actual position in the sky.  Illustrations containing key data and distinguishing parameters of the various celestial bodies, make for an extraordinary walk that ends at the Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory.

A 30 minute itinerary suitable for everyone.

Download route details here.

More info Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory

Go and visit the new Universe Route!

Further info:

www.cortinastelle.it/educational/sentiero_pianeti/ColDruscie_AstroRing.htm

 

Trail of the Universe

The Path of the Planets has been extended by the creation of the Path of the Universe, a further 450 meters of path through the woods which – also keeping the Observatory of Col Drusciè as its point of reference – allows the visitor to ideally stroll through the entire universe, both in terms of space and of time.

Along this path, 10 large info panels, carefully positioned, gradually illustrate the main characteristics of heavenly bodies including stars, nebulae, clusters and galaxies, all represented on the familiar dimensional scale of 1/10 billion, already used in the Path of the Planets. The path can be travelled in either direction, i.e. either from the lowest part upwards, and thus beginning the imaginary journey from the Big Bang and the creation of the Universe and up to today, that is our Sun, positioned at the Observatory, or alternatively vice versa, travelling backwards in time and space.

In the latter case, you encounter the closest stars first (Sirius and The Pleiades) and then move away among the spirals of the Milky Way, among nebulae and clusters (M42 and M13). After an imaginary journey of 2 million light years, you reach the nearest galaxy to the Earth, Andromeda (M31), the clusters and super clusters of other galaxies and distant quasars (3C273), and on to the furthest borders of the Universe when everything that we know of today – matter, time and space – did not yet exist. 

www.cortinastelle.it/educational/sentiero_pianeti/ColDruscie_AstroRing.htm

Night Hiking

The only roof is the star filled sky
Night Hiking

Experience the Dolomite panoramas bathed in moonlight, accompanied by the Alpine Guides, along easy and pleasant itineraries. Cortina has no shortage of options for hiking under the stars, when the silence of nature is even more intense.

This unusual experience reveals how space and color take on new and unexpected forms after the sunsets and the shadows grow long. Book and take advantage of the opportunity to stop in one of the many mountain refuges for some fine, high altitude dining. Stay in the refuge overnight and be bewitched by the spectacle of dawn breaking over the Dolomite peaks, a truly unforgettable experience.