The majestic high mountain pass of Valparola is located in the Italian province of Belluno. It serves as the divide between the watersheds of the Piave, which flows toward the east and the Adige, which flows westward eventually merging with the Adriatic Sea.
The lovely Passo delle Erbe serves as connection between Val Badia and the Lüsen valley of Val d’Isarco. There are several access roads that lead to the pass, which rise and descend in different directions. From the pass starts the steep and challenging Lüsen which winds across the valley of the Rio Lasanca.
Located between the Sella group and the Marmolada is the alluring Pordoi Pass. The road that crosses the pass is the highest surfaced road on any pass in the Dolomites and it connects Arabba in the Livinallongo Valley with Canazei in the Valle di Fassa.
Pietro Franco Deltedesco, one of the last active millers in the Dolomites, by Karin Pizzinini
Past and present
The Queen of the Dolomites, the highest summit in the entire range, offers more than beauty and mountaineering thrills: experts say the rocky massif's geological record of prehistoric sediments is outstanding in a global context.
The Ladin people, who still live in the Dolomites, have their own language, their own culture, their own traditions.
Cortina D’Ampezzo in the Veneto Region has been nominated as the ideal location for this great sporting event.
Italy's stunning Dolomite Mountains were declared a United Nations Natural World Heritage Site in 2009