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Maria Canins Saturday, 2 February 2013

Corvara - Pederü- Corvara

Time: about 5 hours
Difficulty: average
Bike type: road bike
 
85,72 km
 
1.253 m
 
1.558 m
 
1.558 m
 
 
 
 
 
 
“To immerse onself in Valle dei Tamersc is a magical experience. It is as if time stands still: the red rock walls give a sensation of being in another dimension. It reminds me a lot of the rocky mountains of Colorado, where you seem to float along in silence and in peace”
You set off from Hotel La Perla in Corvara and head in the direction of Brunico; the road is slightly uphill all the way to Longega, a small settlement which you reach after 23 km. Take the right turn for San Vigilio and after 1.5 km turn left onto the uphill panoramic road, and then after a further 2.5 km, at the first junction, turn right and cross through Pliscia, where you can see and perhaps visit the village’s small old church. From here the road flattens out and you pass through Brach, home to an ancient castle belonging to the noble Brach family. Go on to Pieve di Marebbe, where the oldest church in the whole valley is located. Pieve di Marebbe is a good place to have a break: you can visit its old church - “Gran Ciasa”; it is also a great viewing spot , it looking over Plan de Corones, Piz De Plaies, and in the distance San Vigilio and Valle di Rudo (Val di Tamersc). In the church of Pieve di Marebbe there are very interesting frescoes and four paintings relevant to the terrible period of the plagues (the first of these is dated 1636). They were donated to the church by the people of Monguelfo. Tradition has it that every 100 years the inhabitants of this town bring to the church here a painting portraaying the pilgrims in procession during the time of the request for intercession to the Madonna of the Buon Consiglio. The tradition is interpreted as a vote of thanks for bringing the plagues to an end. Moving on and after 2 km you reach San Vigilio, and from here on to Pederü. The road is slightly uphill – you pass close to the lake of dla Crëda and you go through the small community of Tamersc, the legend says it being where the witches would perform their dances and rituals under the light of the moon – and 12 km on from San Vigilio you reach Pederü. Here the asphalted road comes to an end but it is a great departure point for splendid walks and excursions generally – and even on mountain bike in the National Park of Sennes-Braies. The return route to Corvara involves going back over the route taken to San Vigilio, and then crossing through the village you are able to proceed to Longega, 4 km further on, and then on to Hotel La Perla in Corvara on the road taken earlier.

Maria Canins
 
 
 
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