Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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First day of our weekend getaway we cycled from Dobbiaco to Lago di Braies, and then we checked in to the hotel and went back to Braies to catch the sunset. The second day we made a trip to Seceda via Val Gardena, so we decided that, among all the beautiful locations, we want to see Tre Cime the most.
But because we wanted to see as much as possible, and since we had such a great ride, we took the road via Cortina D'Ampezzo towards lake Misurina and then from the lake to Riffugio Auronzo, a starting point to access one of the most famous peaks in Dolomites. Let us mention that the air on Lago di Misurina clean enough that place is also suggested as a loaction for people who suffer from asthma.
The path we took from riffugio di Auronzo towards the Tre Cime area is much easier than we imagined. There is really nice and relaxing walk all the way around the spectacular three peaks. It is always good to know some common knowledge, Tre Cime today lie on the border between the Italian provinces of South Tyrol and Belluno and still are a part of the linguistic boundary between German-speaking and Italian-speaking majorities. Peaks are laso the symbol of the South Tyrol - Alto Adige area.
»The characteristic rock of the Dolomites consists of fossilised coral reefs formed during the Triassic Period (around 250 million years ago) by organisms and sedimentary matter at the bottom of the ancient tropical Tethys Ocean. The Alps arose as a result of the collision of the African and European tectonic plates, forcing the rocks at the point of impact to soar skyward. The western part of the Tethys Ocean which formerly divided these two continents disappeared. The Dolomites became mountains.« as we read on visitsouthtyrol.it
The area is huge, and three peaks are gigantic, so the sense of time is easily lost as you continue to walk towards or around them. You get the feeling you can already touch their rocks but in reality the time has passed by and a small stretch of the path still lies in front of you. Anyway to get that perfect shot you need to walk for about 30 minutes from one side, and hope you have enough time left – one day is not quite enough to explore the area. All that greatness of the mountains that appears to me at your fingertips is alluring, so try to keep a track on time to enjoy as much of it as possible. Our trip ended on the point seen from the photo below. We ran out of time to see the two lakes. As we mentioned, the area is deceiving. You may think you are close, but the paths are long.