Late summer magic

The autumn season offers a variety of activities and the Ampezzo Valley around Cortina gradually turns red, orange and golden yellow, leading to the phenomenon of foliage. This time of the year in Cortina is absolutely breathtaking: an ideal time for outdoor sports surrounded by nature, as well as for unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.


 It is the ideal time for observing, photographing - whether beginner, hobby photographer or expert - and for experiencing special, unique moments, like a mountain breakfast with the magical atmosphere of sunrise. At dusk and down, the rocks of the Dolomites become of a colour ranging from orange to pink: this natural phenomenon is called enrosadira, or alpenglow.


With such a view you can enjoy a delicious breakfast in a mountain hut to make the moment even more special.


The mountain hut Averau, renowned for its fine cuisine and located at 2413 m in the wonderful area of the Cinque Torri, is open until 03 October and organizes for those who want to admire the sunrise from their amazing terrace a buffet breakfast starting from 6 am. It is organized on Sundays 12th, 19th and 26th September. The mountain hut can be reached hiking from Cinazopè or from the Giau pass (reservation needed).


The Rifugio Lago d'Ajal is a small jewel immersed in a natural paradise. The mountain hut reflects its image in the water of the lake, which has the same name, Lago d'Ajal. On the large terrace, at 1472 m, it is possible every day at 6 am to taste a delicious breakfast while admiring the lake, surrounded by the wonders of the Ampezzo Dolomites, for a unique sensorial experience. The hut is open until 30th September and it can be reached with a nice walk from Lake Pianozes.


The Rifugio Nuvolau is the very first one built in Cortina and has thus a very rich history and tradition. The hut offers a stunning 360° view from its 2575 m terrace, where it is possible to taste a great panoramic sunrise breakfast on 4th 11th and 18th September at 6:20. The mountain hut is open until 30th September and can be reached by a variety of great hikes.


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