The Dolomites

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Finally up to the mountains. I feel that mountains are like a piece of my soul landscape. It´s simply such a great feeling to go up to the mountains and enjoy that all. Fresh air, silence, view around, pure nature. Far away from hectic city life and daily routines. Just me and the wonders of big nature.

So, from Sigurta park we headed north via SR249, and I can highly recommend it. The right side of Garda Lake. Many beautiful small towns like Bardolino, Garda, Brenzone, Malcesine.. And from this side you can also get a ride up to Monte Baldo and enjoy the view.
From Torbole turning right to road SS240 it´s an impressive straight-line -road up to mountains. And when the road turns left, soon there is a panoramic viewpoint. “Punto Panoramico del Lago di Garda”.

Driving among mountains we stopped in Rovereto to get some snacks and watch a bit more carefully where to drive. Now we did not have any specific plan or booked overnight staying.
The route was going along the A22 to Rovereto – Trento – Neumarkt. After Neumarkt, we turned right to road nr. SS48 “Strada Dolomites”. Here begun so beautiful mountain landscapes. Watching right, watching left – and enjoying.
After some time we arrived in the valley of Fiemme. Val di Fiemme. The known winter sports area. And of course, we stopped in Predazzo to see those ski jumping hills.
After Predazzo & Latemar Ski Centre we soon turned to road SS346 “Strade Statale 346 del passo di S.Pellegrino.

Ski Jumping in Predazzoz, Fal di Fiemme, Italy
After Predazzo at the route SS346 close to San Pellegrino

While taking some photos of mountains and watching the cows we checked through the selection of accommodation possibilities. The suitable one was chosen. Hotel San Giusto in Falcade. Booked via as usually.
Soon we changed the region from Trentino Alto-Adige to Veneto and got great serpentines again. Lucky we, it was not the hottest tourist season yet and serpentines were not so crowded with scary tourist drivers.

Falcade, a small town but called also as a pearl of Dolomites. Even it´s located in the valley it is 1300m above sea level. This is a good destination as such. Here are small shops, restaurants, and cafes as well as various possibilities for accommodation. And for active travelers, this is a kind of heaven. A lot of possibilities for trekking, hiking, mountain biking. And of course in wintertime even more activities. Hotel San Giusto was also a good choice. Good location, friendly personnel, tasty breakfast. All the needed things. And for us this was only for a one night stay.

If the road to Falcade was filled with a wonderful scenery, the road to Canazei was not worse at all. Amazing view to Rosengarten group and mountains around was so breathtaking – lost for words.

Arriving Canazei was a little bit delayed due to some road construction work. It looks like Canazei is very populated also in summertime, not only in the winter season. Hot weather +31c degrees and clear sunshine were a good reason to enjoy the town. A little bit “fighting” with parking automat how it works but with friendly local help everything was ok.
Canazei is an Alpine resort near the Pordoi, Sella and Fedaia passes, it’s part of the Dolomiti Superski area, which offers numerous downhill runs. A cable car ascends to the Punta Rocca panoramic terrace on Marmolada peak. Elevation of Canazei is 1450m a.s.l.
Now, finally, we wanted to go up to the mountains. Punto panoramico Belvedere Col dei Rossi was the place to go. This time with a cable car.

Certainly great panoramic view up there. And many well equipped MTB drivers ready to drive down. Here was also a good view to the highest points of Dolomites, to Marmolada glacier as well as Punta Penia.
And the coffee break at Fredarola Hut.

From Canazei the road SS48 – SS242 via Passo Sella over the mountains.
Little bit challenge to drive carefully. Some bicycle drivers in the middle of the road, very hot weather out there and pushing the car engine to work hard with low-speed driving. Passo Sella up there was overcrowded and we stopped only for a short moment before starting our way down to another side of mountains.

But I got THE Photo. It´s a matter of taste but for me, this is one of the best mountain shots I have ever taken. The Langkofel group with eponymous Sassolungo. Even in real life up there it was like watching a picture.

These were our mountain days this time. I could spend there for the rest of my life. Since 1991 when I first time visited Alps, that time in Switzerland touring by bicycle, my heart and soul were left there.
Now time to leave Dolomites and take a map for searching some good roads to Austria – Germany – Poland… and back home.

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