Discovering the Great World War

Col di Lana

Symbol of the 1st World War for the bloody battles which took place on the front between Italy and Austria. Mount Col di Lana offers a very interesting hike both from a naturalistic and historical point of view; suitable for everybody, if in good phisical condition. The ideal starting point is the hamlet of Palla (1676 m.), that can be reached in a few minutes by car from Pieve di Livinallongo. Just before the built up area there is a small parking area and after 200 meters the forest riad which stars the unforgettable itinerary. In the first part, characterized by woods ad meadows. it is interesting to notice tha flora and fauna; proceeding up the hill. one reaches the top of Ciamplac, where the view is already very wide: Lagazuoi, Tofana di Mezzo, Croda da Lago, Marmolada. The slope of the hill gradually gets deeper and after about two and a half hours one reaches the top of Col di Lana (2462 m.), where there is a big wooden cross and a small chapel. From the summit one can see the most important Dolomite peaks and the Austrian mountains. Return is possible along the same way or through alternative trails of different levels of difficultyfor which it is advisable to collect information beforehands. Along the way one meets tunnels, sections of trenches and memorial tablets reminding us of the war and increasing the beauty of the itinerary. (About 4.00 hrs - max altitude 2540 m. - Difficulty: medium).

 

Col da Daut

This extremely pleasant 1,30 hour walk leads from Digonera to Col da Daut, from where you can see the trenches and weapon pits facing towards Col di Lana. Park your car in the village of Digonera and continue on foot along the convenient dirt-track road with attactive views. At the point where the the first streams cross, interesting geological folds in the rock can be observed, daiting back to the Triassic Period. Continue round the bends of the former military road, now a forestry road, amid the typical mountain chalets and the splendid specimens of centuries-old larch trees. From the six bend begin the fields which where once regularly mown by the local inhabitants but have now been encroached  upon by woodland. When you come to Col da Daut, walk along amid the old weaponpits; you can go inside the trenches, from where there are some startlingly beautiful views. When you reach the metasl bridges, you can continue on the agreeable little vilalge of Davedino, in the Municipality of Livinallongo. 

 

Col Toront

 Col Toront faces Col di Lana and was occupied by the italian troops. From this position, in 1916 they used cannons to fire at the Austrian troops. The route starts from the little village of Laste, continues towards Migon refuge and Malga Laste and finally reaches a crucifix and a long fountain: various galleries can be seen here. Time: 1.30 hours - Difference in height: 450 m.

 

Sottoguda-Malga Ciapela - Passo Ombretta

 During the war, this route was used for military vehicles and artillery. It starts from the village of Sottoguda, crosses the Serrai Gorge, continues towards Malga Ciapela campsite and finally reaches Malga Ombretta and then O. Falier refuge. In Malga Ciapela many shacks were used as lodgings, toilets, wherehouses and the Malga Ciapela Hotel was a hospital. During the war, the Ombretta refuge was occupied by the Italian soldiers and was destroyed by Austrian cannons. It was later rebuilt and dedicated to Onorio Falier.

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