The sights of Carezza
Well worth the trip!
There's an incredible amount of things to see and do in Carezza. Yet a handful of attractions stand out in the midst of this great variety – the stars of this hiking and skiing area!
The fairy-tale lake
The magical Lago di Carezza has sought out a cosy hollow for itself on the edge of the dense woodland of the Latemar area, at the foot of the pale and mighty Latemar massif. This fairy-tale lake, set at 1,502 metres above sea level, is where - according to legend - a beautiful siren once lived: it boasts shimmering colours and a picture-postcard backdrop to delight visitors, who will not only be able to feast their eyes on it but also enjoy numerous walks around it. A Visitor Centre serves refreshments and souvenirs, while the circular walk around the lake provides some gentle exercise. Don't forget your camera!
King Laurin's Rose Garden
The highest point of the Catinaccio group, the Catinaccio d'Antermoia, rises 3,004 metres above sea level. There are other peaks to keep it company, mainly the Cima Catinaccio, the Vajolet Towers, the Roda di Vaèl and the Torre Finestra. Anyone out and about on the hiking paths, fixed-rope routes (‘via ferrata’), mountain bike trails or taking the lifts in this legendary mountain ‘garden’ will find shelter and refreshment at a total of 11 huts, usually complete with a friendly landlord ready to recount the story of King Laurin's Rose Garden and the phenomenon of the 'Alpine Glow'.
Experience: hiking in Latermarium
Latemarium is the name of the hiking country around the Latemar massif. Themed paths and adventure trails, viewing platforms, a high ropes course, a children's park, bike trail and running circuit all provide incentives for getting out and about in the mountains, enjoying the views, exploring the countryside and following the traces of nature. Children, leisurely strollers and expert mountain hikers will all love Latemarium!
A summer retreat on the Costalunga Pass
The Costalunga Pass connects the Val d'Ega with the Italian-speaking valley of Val di Fassa. The pass was first made accessible at the end of the 19th century with the construction of the Costalunga Pass road. In 1896 the area was turned into a tourist resort by Theodor Christomannos with the building of the legendary Grand Hotel Carezza. In 1905 a golf course was created in the hotel grounds – one of the oldest golf courses in the area. It's no wonder that the Costalunga Pass is still one of Carezza's attractions. Empress Sissi of Austria, Agatha Christie and Sigmund Freud all knew how to appreciate the unique beauty and nature of this spot.
The Bike Olympus
At the foot of the Catinaccio, at the Nova Levante cabin lift, the 4.4-kilometre bike trail with its steep turns, small bridges, jumps and north shores is the crowning glory of the popular bike region of Val d'Ega. It's not just the bikes that will jump for joy here, but hearts, too! A pump track, jumpline, kick turn, rock garden, drops, bends, north shores, steps and steep turns in the brand-new training park mean that freestyle beginners will come on in leaps and bounds, while pros will be able to hone their skills to perfection!
Nature Park Visitor Centre
In Tires al Catinaccio, in the former Steger sawmill to be precise, the Sciliar-Catinaccio Visitor Centre takes visitors back in time: there is an operational 400-year-old sawmill here – a rare, water-powered Venetian example. Besides this, the rustic dwelling of the master sawyer, complete with kitchen, parlour and bedroom, has been restored. A variety of information boards and exhibition features all describe the flora and fauna of Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park.
If you think that you have to go to the USA to see an impressively gigantic, ancient rocky gorge, you'd be mistaken. That's because the Bletterbach Gorge is located in Aldino, at the foot of the Corno Bianco mountain. At 400 metres deep and 8 kilometres in length, it has carved its way through the layers of Dolomite rock of the Corno Bianco and uncovered over 40 million years of the earth's history.