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    Hiking in the Dolomites

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 17, 2012

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    The Dolomites are one of the most scenic areas of the Alps, and are therefore very popular with hikers. There is a wide variety of hikes available in the Dolomites, ranging from very easy to very strenuous. Almost all of them provide you with great views to go with your exercise.

    If you want to save yourself a lot of effort, you can take the gondola lift from Ortisei to the top of the mountain, saing yourself thousands of feet of uphill hiking. From the top of the gondola, trails spread out in multiple directions. We chose one that ran parallel to the ridgeline. It was not very strenuous, yet provided amazing views of the nearby mountains and valleys. It was one of the highlights of our Alpine vacation.

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    ORTISEI - SELVA VAL GARDENA

    by balhannah Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    From the time we left Ortisei [St. Ulrich], the scenery became prettier, for now we had a background of the mighty Dolomite Mountains. We passed by some small villages, still lots with wood carvings.
    Alpine Houses painted white, looked a picture against the stunning scenery, some had frescoes on their walls and the Churches looked great with their high spires and the stunning mountains.

    I noticed there were plenty of "pensions" and other accommodation in the Villages, I guess in Winter, they would be fairly full!
    The further we go, the more Mountainous the Dolomites are getting!

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    GARDENA PASS & SASSOLUNGO MOUNTAINS

    by balhannah Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    Travelling along the Gardena Pass we came across some beautiful mountain views of the "Sassolungo." The mountain massif belongs to the western Dolomites and stretches from the Sella Group to the rocky ridges of the Catinaccio.
    The highest summit, the Sassolungo, is 3,181metres above sea level and covers almost half of the entire mountain group.

    The Sassolungo and Sassopiatto mountains have climbing routes and paths and a cable car connects Passo Sella with the ridges of the Sassolungo Mountain at 2,681 metres, where there is a breath-taking view of the Sella Mountain Group, Marmolada Mountain and Alpe di Siusi.

    All along the way there are pull-offs for cars. The road was quite quiet in July, except for Motorbikes.

    Sassolungo Sassolungo Langkkofel
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    SCENIC DRIVE TO FRANZENSFESTE [FORTEZZA]

    by balhannah Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    This was a lovely drive we did, that passed through many quaint and interesting Village's.

    Driving through the valley, we saw many Castle's and Fort's siiting on high knob's above the River, and with the Mountain's behind as a back-drop, made this a very nice sight!
    There were lots of interesting Churches, with gorgeous small cemeteries and some fairly large Monasteries.

    Located at Franzenfeste, was the large Franzensfeste Fortress which Emperor Francis I began constructing in 1833, only for it to be abandoned 1838 because the area was not considered to be functional to place a fortress. It is now open to the public to view.

    We passed through what looked to be part of the Fort, or a Town's defense wall, and we followed a beautifully clear, fast running River which added to the beauty of this area.

    About 55kms one-way from Ortisei.

    What a view! Village On the road! Monastery
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    WALKING AROUND ORTISEI

    by balhannah Written Jan 24, 2012

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    The Tourist Office is at 1 Rezia street, which is a long, main street of the Town.
    It is best to go here first, a for FREE, you can borrow a "i guide" for using on a 90 minute town walk.
    It is available in English, German and Italian for a HALF DAY FOR FREE!

    I didn't find the area that large to cover on my walk. If you are interested in the local history of the area, then visit the Val Gardena museum, open most day's from 10 -12 and then 2 -5 or 6pm, the tourist office will give you detail's.
    I liked what looked to be an old Barn, with a small clock Tower, and the few fountain's I found on my walk. There were more wooden sculpture's, and small park located in the Town.
    The building's were nicely painted, some had design's and other's had frescoe's, it was a small town that I really loved walking around!

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    BROWSE THE SHOP'S

    by balhannah Written Jan 24, 2012

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    This would have to be one of the best place's I have been for Souvenir shop's.
    Walking along Rezia street, there were so many of them, and they were so good, not a lot of trashy junk for sale, and the choice was big.
    Wooden souvenir's covered a big area in the shop's, but there were all other type's of interesting souvenir's.
    Even though I only bought a couple of item's, I had a great time looking in all of the shop's!
    The Shop owner was very good, and wrapped my present very well so it wouldn't break while we were travelling.

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    ORTISEI PARISH CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 24, 2012

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    The Baroque Ortisei Parish Church dates back to the 18th century {1793-1796].
    I was able to enter this Church and thought it quite nice with its numerous paintings, their were ceiling frescoes and statues, one of them the huge statue of St. Ulrich.
    The Altar painting is of "Adoration of the Magi."
    As you can imagine, in an area where the best wood- carver's are living, the carved wooden pews should not be missed!

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    ST. ANTHONY'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 24, 2012

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    St. Anthony's Chapel is the Church with the onion dome in the main square of Ortisei. It is also the Church that you will most probably have as background in your photo's.
    This lovely little Chapel was built in 1673, and I thought it was rather pretty with it's turret.
    Inside the Altar piece depict's the Chapel's Patron Saint, "St. Anthony of Padua" painted in the Nazarene style of the 19th century.

    St. Anthony's Church
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    WOOD CARVING'S

    by balhannah Written Jan 23, 2012

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    We departed Ortisei, and started following the road through the Gardena Valley to the Dolomite's.

    I found tradition was well and truly alive and kicking in this Valley!

    It was in the 17th century, the artistic craft of wood carving began here, mainly for a secondary income carving utensils for the home and the farm.
    The pioneers of this craft, were usually decorative sculptors, who decorated the picture frames and the clock stands, but it wasn't long before wood carvers developed sacred works of art, crucifixes, figures of saints, stations of the cross and cribs.
    Most of the work is religious, but not all. Wood carving is still receiving plenty of order's and is not a dying art.
    There are reliable masters and vocational schools and schools of art in Ortisei and Selva, who continually educate new young sculptors.

    Not only did we see wood carving in the Shop's, but all along the road [ss242] we kept on seeing road-side sculpture's, all different item's, so keep an eye out for them.

    The valley is pretty, and this is an added bonus!

    Info centre & wood carving Roadside wood carving
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    The public swiming pool

    by Mildute Written Feb 14, 2006

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    After skiing day i would recommend all to relax and enjoy the time in the swimming pool and saunas... to the guests of some apartments/hotels the entrance there is free to the swimming pool!! so check the info!

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    ROMAN SOLDIER

    by balhannah Written Jan 24, 2012

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    I found this Roman Soldier as I walked along Rezia street.
    Amazingly, it is all made of sculptered wood, it certainly doesn't look like it!
    Who-ever the Sculptor was, has done a marvellous job!

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