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La Scala del Minighel – the Minighel ladder

The Minighel ladder, the history of Cortina d’Ampezzo’s first ferrata. The Minighel ladder, Ra Šàra del Minighèl Ladin, is a truly unusual ferrata both in its history and the special way it was made which marks it out from all the ferratas which I have climbed in many years of mountain walks and climbs. Also […]

The snow during the War.

This winter there is very little snow in the Dolomites, but it is not always so. Just a few years ago there was a Super Winter Season (65 feet of snow), as you can read here. Today everyone wants the snow, but during the Great War, the snow was a great and feared enemy.snow during […]

From Bolzano to Cortina, the Great Dolomites Road!

The Great Dolomites Road – known in Italian as the Grande Strada delle Dolomiti and in German as Die Große Dolomitenstraße and – was completed in 1909 and hailed as a major tourist attraction as early as the 1920s. This mountain road crosses the Dolomites passing through the South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto. The scenery […]

The historic gunpowder magazine.

Between 1859 and 1862 Ampezzo town council had a gunpowder magazine built in the Revis area. The battles of 1848 in Cadore and the first war of independence declared by the Kingdom of Sardinia against the Austrian Empire were still very much alive in the memories of the Ampezzo people. The objective of the second […]

The tragedy of Neptune, the plane crashed on Fradusta.

Today I want to tell you about some facts which happened in summer 2009.Lockheed P-2V6 Neptune This story began with an email that really aroused my curiosity. The letter, sent to me on April 1st from an unknown person, said: “Dear Sir: I am going to be in Italy between June 1 and June 24, […]

Guide’s booklet was introduced during the 19 Century.

As far back as the 15th century, the Venetian Republic hired and paid the local mountaineers to accompany the official mapmakers through the Dolimites to trace the Austrian-Venetian border. Below, some images of my great grandfather’s Libretto and also from my own Libretto which I used until 1994. Did you know that if you subscribe […]