In this chapter we discuss one of the most characteristic and particular mountain groups of the Sesto Dolomites, the Cadini di Misurina.
The Cadini di Misurina, located between Cortina d'Ampezzo, Auronzo di Cadore and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, overlook the beautiful waters of Lake Misurina in the province of Belluno. The term Cadini derives from the term cadorino "ciadìn", which can be translated into valleys, given the large number of depressions present within the mountain range. Cima Cadin di San Lucano stands out above all, with its 2,839 meters, is followed by Cima Eotvos of 2,825 meters and Cima Cadin North East of 2,788 meters. An incredible variety of towers, pinnacles and spiers are the setting for these large gullies that, rising and falling for their forks, offer a unique and fabulous Dolomites panorama.
The Cadini di Misurina are part of the Sesto Group, a mountain group in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. These imposing and beautiful mountains border to the north with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Croda dei Rondoi, to the east with Popera Group and Croda dei Toni, to the south with the Sorapiss Group and the Marmarole Groups and to the west with the Cristallo Group and the picturesque Misurina Lake.
A legend tells that this enchanting lake was a gift from the fairy of Mount Cristallo to the daughter of King Sorapiss, a very capricious little girl called Misurina. This pretty little girl insistently pleaded with her father, to get her the magic mirror from the fairy, to be able to read the thoughts of anyone who was mirrored. The fairy lasted a long time, because she didn't want to please the spiteful child but, faced with the tears of the king, she ended up consenting, setting however very harsh conditions. In fact, the fairy had on Monte Cristallo a beautiful garden full of beautiful flowers, and the excess of sun made them wilt prematurely.
Then he decided that, in exchange for the magic mirror, the king would agree to transform himself into an imposing mountain in such a way that he protected the marvelous fairy garden with his shadow. Moments later, while Misurina contemplated his large mirror, King Sorapiss began his transformation, swelling and changing color, his hair became trees and his deep wrinkles became crevasses, thus giving rise to the majestic Sorapiss group. Legend made famous by a song by Claudio Baglioni recorded on the album Saturday afternoon.