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In this chapter we discuss one of the most characteristic and less visited formations of the Ampezzo Dolomites, the Croda Da Lago Group.

The Croda da Lago Group is a mountainous massif of the Ampezzo Dolomites, located between Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Nuvolau Group, Selva di Cadore and Pelmo Mount. The imposing group develops through jagged ridges that descend southward from the 2.701 meter Croda da Lago, to the Lastoi de Formìn of 2.657 meters, from the Beco di Mezzodì of 2.603 meters to the Rocchette of 2.469 meters. From Giaù Pass, the most convenient starting point, there are numerous paths suitable for all types of excursions, which wind their way through the Croda da Lago, the Nuvolau, the Averau and the Cinque Torri.

Gruppo del Croda da Lago nelle Dolomiti Ampezzane

The Giaù in particular, is very famous for being one of the most surprising and hard steps of the Dolomites and this notoriety derives above all from the many stages of the Tour of Italy, from the Rallies and from the Marathons of the Dolomites that take place year after year. Moreover, every day, there are really many amateur cyclists and motorcyclists who face the ascent of Santa Lucia and the endless switchbacks, and then descend down to Cortina D’Ampezzo.

Lago Federa - Gruppo del Croda da Lago

A well-known itinerary among the valleys of the area, is the Ring of Croda da Lago, both for the environmental variety encountered along the way, and for the stupendous completely different landscapes that can be appreciated through these paths. An exciting journey crosses the Mondeval pastures, accompanied by dancing streams and the whistles of the numerous marmots that have found their natural habitat in these splendid areas.

Mondeval is an Alpine valley included in the Dolomite group of Croda da Lago, which develops in two contexts, in the territory of San Vito di Cadore and to a small extent in the municipality of Selva di Cadore. A part called Mondeval de Sora, a plateau located between 2.150 and 2.350 meters above sea level, guarding the Lastoi de Formin, Mount Corvo Alto, Col Duro and Becco di Mezzodì, and the Mondeval de Sote which includes the valley below, and follows the course of the Rio Cordòn in the Val Fiorentina.

It is a very important area from the landscape and naturalistic point of view, a very popular destination in all seasons by tourists from all over the world. This plateau is closely linked to the discovery of a perfectly preserved hunter-gatherer with his funerary equipment, from the Mesolithic era, an intermediate period from the Stone Age, in 10,000 BC. An archaeological site of exceptional importance, discovered in 1985 under a boulder of dolomite, by Vittorino Cazzetta di Pescul, a geology enthusiast.

In particular, that day, Vittorino had noticed some remains of lithic artifacts in the soil accumulated by a marmot, engaged in building the new den. The excavations began the following year, under the direction of Antonio Guerreschi, professor of the University of Ferrara, interested in carrying out the investigations and deepening the exceptional discovery. Only after fifteen years of excavations, with the help of scholars and students, did they uncover the skeleton of the hunter and his funeral equipment, dating back over 80 centuries ago. Today the remains of the Mesolithic man are preserved in the Vittorino Cazzetta Museum, in Selva di Cadore.

◊ THE AMPEZZO DOLOMITES 

The Ampezzo Dolomites

Through green valleys, pretty huts and high rocky walls, the Ampezzo Dolomites.

THE TERRITORY ◊

The Belluno Province

A totally mountain area, embroidered by incredible valleys and well-kept villages.

◊ THE BELLUNO PROVINCE ◊

Also called the province of the Dolomites, extends in a totally mountainous territory, embroidered by incredible valleys and well-kept villages, natural oases and large rocky walls. The characteristics of the area reserve pleasant surprises but, the natural monuments that rise between large forests and green pastures, the Dolomites, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, are a breathtaking view that would leave the tourists in awe. This territory will welcome you and give you unique emotions, every single meeting will enrich your day and the endless red sunsets, admired from the top of some summits, will color your holidays in an unforgettable adventure.

 

◊ SPECIAL CATEGORIES ◊

The Veneto Region, nestled in the north-east of Italy, is a mix of history and traditions and, all of it, is enriched by the liveliness of its inhabitants and by a wide range of typical products all to be savored. From the highest peaks of the Dolomites, he embraces and welcomes each visitor with brotherly warmth, accommodating him among the many lounges of his cities of art, giving him unforgettable emotions. Turning between the pages of this site, you can organize your next holidays in the Veneto region and thanks to the many photos published, everything will be very simple.

◊ SPORTS CATEGORY ◊

In this chapter we discuss Sport, that is, from the easiest sports activities for families to the most complex and demanding ones.

◊ KITCHEN CATEGORY

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◊ NATURE CATEGORY ◊

In this chapter we discuss the Nature that surrounds us, a territory rich in biodiversity and particularly fragile, therefore absolutely to be respected.

◊ HISTORY CATEGORY ◊

In this chapter we discuss the history which, over time, has transformed, shaped and marked the territory of the Veneto region.

◊ MY WAY CATEGORY ◊

In this chapter we treat My Way, a useful window to start planning and defining a nice weekend among the wonders of the Veneto region.