ALLEGHE (Piani di Pezzè)
Alleghe, gently lying directly along the shores of the namesake lake, rises at an altitude of 1000 m and is is the gateway to the beautiful Alpine landscapes of the Dolomites – a World Heritage Site. It offers legendary peaks, modern lifts and a wide variety of facilities, events and activities for kids, youngsters and sports enthusiasts. As well as first-class hospitality and a warm, genuine welcome. Alleghe has something for everyone and its carefully preserved, protected natural environment is a constant source of emotion. A world of emotions that only “real” mountains can give, all year round. Here you will find yourself immersed in a fascinating naturalistic setting directly in the heart of system number three of the Unesco Dolomites. In Alleghe, just at the foot of Mount Civetta, you can enjoy the magnificence of this incredible World Heritage Site. The beauty of these places and the possibility of combining relax with leisure and fun are the aspects that most distinguish this renowned mountain resort thanks to its ability to combine a safe environment, easelly suitable for children, with the great variety of outdoor activities suitable for both the family and the most demanding sportspeople. So summer in Alleghe offers the opportunity to experience the extraordinary natural environments of the Dolomites to the fullest: from the unmissable routes for the whole family to the challenging high-altitude outings, from the adventure park to the via ferratas the offer is truly varied and, thanks to the lifts directly in the village, in a few minutes you can switch from a quiet pedal boat ride on the placid waters of the Alleghe lake to an adrenaline-fueled excursion.with an e-bike at high altitude.
MARMOLADA (Passo Fedaia)
The municipality of Rocca Pietore (La Ròcia in Ladin) is the Geographical heart of the Unesco Dolomites. Situated 1143 m above sea level, it has about 1200 inhabitants and 76 square kilometres of surface area.
The area is famous for its natural elements where you can enjoy an authentic experience of forests, enchanted lakes, villages and some of the most majestic Dolomite peaks.
Rocca Pietore offers a wide range of experiences linked to sport, history, culture and wellbeing.
The Marmolada Ski Area, part of the Dolomiti Superski, is the jewel in the crown for winter skiing, but the valley also offers the chance to try out ski mountaineering, cross-country skiing, freeriding, snowshoeing and ice climbing. Some of the most scenic treks in the Dolomites, adrenalin-pumping crags and via ferratas: summer is also more active than ever here.
The history of the community of Rocca Pietore has passed through important human events: the Magnifica Comunità della Rocca, a form of self-government in the Longobard period, and the First World War, fought among these harsh rocks. An important part of this history is witnessed with war findings inside the Marmolada Great War Museum at Punta Serauta, in Marmolada.
The hotels, flats and B&Bs reflect the authenticity of the environment that surrounds them, adding that familiar welcome that makes guests feel at home. Since 2018 Rocca Pietore has been an Orange Flag municipality of the Italian Touring Club for the quality of tourist accommodation.
The cuisine and typical gastronomy of the Dolomites are key elements for the Ladin identity of the Rocca Pietore area.
The ancient agricultural roots of the area gave the healthiest ingredients to the local recipes: most of all potatoes, vegetables and cereals. These elements have the strength to grow up also at high altitude, with a fresh climate.
The crops made possible by the Dolomite climate are those that do not require great heat and that withstand the temperature changes present at high altitude.
Ladin cuisine is a journey through culture and flavors, an experience that will take you by the throat and will give you unique sensations: from the particular flavor of game meat with polenta to the sweetish aftertaste of smoked ricotta, from the spice of typical desserts to perfume and grappa flavored with cumin, mountain pine, juniper, blueberries and wild strawberries.
Cereals such as barley, wheat, rye, oats and legumes, vegetables such as peas, beans, turnips and potatoes and still apples, plums, apricots, berries, strawberries and mushrooms from the undergrowth: these are the products of the earth, processed with care and dedication by local cooks and chefs.
And again cheeses and dairy products. Great attention is given to their preparation from the malghe of the area. Spicy, seasoned or fresh, soft or more decisive: the tasting of local cheeses offers a riot of flavors that cannot be renounced.
From lunch in a refuge as a well-deserved reward after a wonderful trekking among the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites, to a convivial evening in one of the restaurants in the valley and even to a sophisticated dinner: every occasion is good to regenerate yourself at the table and to savor the typical tastes of the area.
Here’s a taste: the dumplings, known as balòte or bale, offered in broth or with melted butter, with speck or with spinach and ricotta, or with cheese; the casonzièi o casunziei, egg pasta crescents stuffed with spinach and ricotta, pumpkin, beetroot or potatoes; local potato gnocchi with melted butter and smoked ricotta; the menèstra da orz with smoked pork knuckle.
The cuisine and typical gastronomy of the Dolomites are the key elements for the Ladin identity of the valley.
After having tasted the traditional dishes, skilfully prepared and served by the chefs of the valley, how can one not end a convivial lunch or dinner in style or an apreski on the slopes with an aromatised grappa? Cumin, mugo pine, silver fir, juniper, blueberries and wild strawberries are the sensational products that fill each glass with unique scents and tastes. The combination of grappa with herbs, roots and wild fruits is of ancient origin and the territory offers an infinite variety.
An increasingly popular trend is the use of elderberry, a plant that flowers in May and whose flowers are used for syrups and whose berries are used for delicious jams.
Particularly in summer, the syrup is consumed either as a simple refreshing drink or added to prosecco and mint leaves for a delicate but strong aperitif.
Mulled wine, also known as spiced wine, is a typical drink to warm up the cold winter days and to envelop the senses in spicy scents and aromas. The recipe for this wine has been handed down over the years without major variations: citrus fruits, cinnamon, cloves, oranges and red wine have remained the basic ingredients for a pleasant convivial break with a low alcohol content.
Tipica bevanda per scaldare le fredde giornate invernali e per avvolgere i sensi con profumi e aromi speziati è il vin brulè. La ricetta di questo vino, letteralmente “bruciato”, si è tramandata negli anni senza grandi variazioni: agrumi, cannella, chiodi di garofano, arance e vino rosso sono rimasti gli ingredienti fondamentali per una piacevole pausa conviviale pur con un basso grado alcolico.