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Marco Monday, 22 July 2013

Val Fiorentina

Val Fiorentina
 
 
 
‘The very journey by car is extremely suggestive. The valleys around are not easy in any sense of the word, neither to live in nor to work in nor indeed to conquer – we are in the very shadow of the notorious Col di Lana of World War 1 prominence.’
We explorers, curious by instinct, love to wander off to places a way away and to just observe and take in the new sensations which they offer. We La Perla explorers know how lucky we are; we live in a blessed area and also recognise that not too far away there are some other equally splendid places. One such place is undoubtedly Val Fiorentina. Distant 30 kilometres to the south-east of Corvara, the occasional visit there helps us to change landscape, and also sensations felt and flavours to be had! An experienced band of travellers we now know how to quickly board the ‘Dolomiti Express’ vehicle we have and we just love to head off along the historical S.S. 48 Dolomite road to the crossroads with Passo Falzarego, Colle Santa Lucia, and Caprile. The very journey by car is extremely suggestive. The valleys around are not easy in any sense of the word, neither to live in nor to work in nor indeed to conquer – we are in the very shadow of the notorious Col di Lana of World War 1 prominence. Continuing through thick wooded areas (S.S.203 – S.P.251) we come to the vantage point opening up on the majestic Civetta, a mountain mass which seems to want to take us in its arms so as to lead us in the right direction. Just as we seem to be pulled I to its mountain face we veer to the left and finally arrive at the first settlement of these beautiful valleys: Colle Santa Lucia.
And it is Colle which merits a longer stop for with its crown-like form, characteristic church and cemetery it is a dream picture occasion but we are fortunate to live it in the flesh. Colle also has a secret or two to divulge, for the mountains around, and in particular to mention Monte Pore, have determined the history of the whole surrounding area. Its slopes and ridges have been the subject of much desire and much contention over the years for they are the home or rich mineral iron wealth, better known as the Fursil mines. These same slopes, today well signposted and with descriptive charts to inform visitors, allow us to enter a Nature style setting of long ago with a fascinating past to be told. Fitter walkers can venture as far as the ancient “STRADA da la VENA” and find the Andaz Castle or go even further on. The more leisurely walkers love to explore lower areas and old mountain farmsteads known to few e.g. “Canazei”, whereas the tired and idle had straight for Bar Bianco of Santa Fosca; it too being one of our favourite ice-cream haunts!

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