LIVINALLONGO DEL COL DI LANA | BELLUNO PROVINCE

Livinallongo del Col di Lana, Province of Belluno, Veneto, Italy is a community in the valley of the Cordevole river, below the steep, snowy cliffs of the eastern Alps, and is formed of 29 hamlets. It is a fine winter and summer resort, with views of astounding beauty over Mount Civetta (3218 m), Pelmo (3168 m), Marmolada (3342 m) and the Sella Group with the pyramid-shaped summit of Mount Boé (3151 m). The population speaks a Ladin language, and the area is renowned for the production of exquisite cheeses, such as the Renaz, Cherz and Fodòm. The skiing facilities and many of the hotels are located in the mountain locality called Arabba.

First mentioned as Buchenstein Livinallongo in 1027, in a donation by Emperor Conrad II to the Bishop of Bressanone. It belonged to Austria until the end of the First World War. The Col di Lana was war theatre until November 1917, the over 8,000 Italian soldiers who died here gave it the name of "Col di Sangue".

WHAT TO SEE

  • the Museo Ladino Fodom at Pieve di Livinallongo, an important ethnographic collection of the Fodom culture, still proudly cherished both in the language and in the costume. On 15th august on the occasion of the festival of Santa Maria Maiou the ladies of the area take to the church baskets of flowers fo the blessing, wearing the typical Guant da fodoma, consisting of a heavy black skirt, velvet decorated sleeves, a flowered scarf on the shoulders, a black hat with an ostrich feather and black silk ribbon, and a short red coral necklace. After the blessing of the flowers, part of them are spread over the hay.

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ALLEGHE | BELLUNO PROVINCE

Since the late 19th century the Alleghe has been a renowned winter and summer resort for its splendid landscape encircled by centennial trees and the impressive crest of mount Civetta. Alleghe rises on a rocky spur extending over the Alleghe lake, which was formed on 11 January 1771 by a landslide coming from Mount Spitz that buried three hamlets, Riete, Marin and Fusine and originated a huge dam of rock and mud that blocked the valley stream, forming the lake. The population speaks a Ladin dialect.

There is a popular legend on the lake. A pilgrim, coming from from the southern village of Avoscan, in the late afternoon of 11 January 1771, tired and freezing, asked for food and a place to stay overnight but none of the villagers helped him. Only a poor widow with five children shared with him the little dinner, and offered her stable. Before going to sleep the pilgrim told them not to be afraid of some big noise in the night and to stay inside. In the night the earthquake came, but the widow and her children did not move. The following morning, the old pilgrim was gone, as well as all of the houses around them, covered by the lake.

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CORTNA D'AMPEZZO | BELLUNO PROVINCE

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town and comune in the Italian Dolomites in the Veneto Region of Northern Italy. Located in the heart of the Dolomites in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene, and for its jet set and aristocratic European crowd. Although Cortina was unable to go ahead with the scheduled 1944 Winter Olympics because of the Second World War, it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 and subsequently a number of world winter-sports events. Several films have been shot in the town, mostly notably The Pink Panther (1963) and For Your Eyes Only (1981).

Cortina is situated more or less in the centre of the Ampezzo valley, at the top of the Valle del Boite in the Dolomites, which encircle the town. The mountains in the area are described as "craggy" and "soaring", "unmistakable; like a massive coral reef ripped from the sea, strung with conifers and laced with snow". The town is positioned between Cadore (to the south) and the Puster Valley (to the north), Val d' Ansiei (to the east) and Agordo (to the west). Originally it consisted of numerous frazioni, isolated villages and hamlets, but from the 1950s it grew rapidly as a result of tourism. Only the most remote villages have remained isolated from the main town. San Vito di Cadore is to the south of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Among the surrounding mountains are Tofane to the west, Pomagagnon to the north, Cristallo to the northeast, Faloria and Sorapis to the east, and Becco di Mezzodì, Croda da Lago and Cinque Torri to the south. The town centre is located at an elevation of , although the highest summit is that of the Tofana di Mezzo, which towers at . There is a significant water presence in the territory, consisting of fast flowing rivers, streams and small lakes (Ghedina, Pianozes, d'Ajal), which fill particularly during the summer snow-melt season. Fauna include marmots, roe deer, chamois and hares.

Located in the Dolomites, probably among the three most exclusive mountain sport resorts in Europe, Cortina (Petsch-Hayden in German) is known for its first-class hotels and the shops which line Corso Italia.

It was the host town of the 1956 Winter Olympic, and its astounding landscape, surrounded on all sides by the Dolimites, were the location for movies like Cliffhanger and The Pink Panther.

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COMELICO AREA | BELLUNO PROVINCE

The Comelico area is a mountainous region of northeast Italy, in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region close to the Austrian border. Comelico covers an area of circa 280 km². Encircled by the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps, it is covered by wide forests and meadows. Comelico comprises two main valleys, the upper part of Piave river and the valley of the Padola torrent. Other valleys are the Visdende valley and the Digon valley. The main mountains are the Popera, one of the most handsome and famous group of the Dolomites region, the long rock ridge that runs from the Tudaio mountain to the Tre Terze group and, in the north of the region, the long and sweet border crest that starts from the Monte Croce Comelico pass and ends on the Peralba mountain. The main village is Santo Stefano di Cadore located at the junction of the Piave and the Padola rivers. The other villages included in this region are San Pietro di Cadore, Comelico Superiore and Danta di Cadore

Comelico is mainly based on cattle-breeding and tourism. Agriculture, with the exception of fodder cultivation, is poor and limited to potatoes and various vegetables for home use. The production of eye wear is another source of income for this region but, in the last decade it has suffered a drop in the production due to lack of competitiveness.

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