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A gateway to the Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park and the Sennes and Fanes Natural Park, the Cortina Delicious area is a great nature oasis.

An ideal habitat for ibex and chamois, it is home to marmots, hares, partridges and even eagles, which hunt and nest here.

Further down towards the valley live black grouse and nutcrackers.

You are likely to hear the unmistakable shrill whistles of the loveable marmots keeping guard and warning of your approach.

Not to be missed in June is the spectacular pink flowering of the "Rhododendron ferrugineum”.

From the woods of the valley floor roe deer and red deer come up as far as the line of high-altitude meadows.

There is the glimmer of ancient lakes of glacial origin set in the  rock.

Contorted in anguish, the secular stone pines render the landscape truly unique, at times becoming genuine works of art.

Flowers and animals

The Cortina Delicious area hosts differing environments, from subalpine forests of conifers to high rocky crests.

Depending on the habitat, you can discover animal and vegetable species typical of these mountains.

Walking along the paths, you will be astonished at the variety of flowers of a thousand colours that at times grow in extreme conditions.

Spruce forests
Zone: north side of the 5 Torri (locality Bai de Dones), west side of Mount Pore (locality Andraz)
Flora: asclepiadean gentian, spotted orchid
Fauna: roe deer, pine marten, wood grouse, pied red woodpecker, scops owl

Photo by Stefano Zardini
©Stefano Zardini

Vegetation at a high altitude
Zone:  Nuovolau (peak), Lagazuoi Piccolo, Cima Falzarego, Averau, Lagazuoi Grande.
Flora:  campanula morettiana, rock rampion, draba Dolomitica, auricola, androsace di Hausmann.
Fauna:  golden eagle, raven, nuthatch, short-tailed snow vole.

Larch and stone pines
Zone:  north side of the 5 Torri (high part), around Malga Giau and Albergo Sasso di Stria
Flora:  alpine clematis, Rhododendron ferrugineum, martagon lily
Fauna:  nutcracker, three-toed woodpecker, black grouse, boreal owl.

Mountain pines, alders and rhododendrons
Zone: east side of the Nuvolau (mountain pines), Mount Pore and Lana Ridge (alders and rhododendrons), Lagazuoi, Cime Falzarego (south side).
Flora: dwarf rhododendron, hairy Alpenrose, aconite, round-leaved wintergreen.
Fauna: collared blackbird, chamois, marsh tit.

Mountain meadowland
1. Continuous meadowland
Zone: 5 Torri, Falzarego, Giau Pass, Lana Ridge - Mount Pore, Valparola.
Flora: arnica, spotted gentian, yellow anemone, Nigritella nigra.
Fauna: marmot, chamois, Greek partridge.
2. Discontinuous meadowland
Zone: Alpe di Lagazuoi, Col dei Bos, Nuvolau, Sasso di Stria.
Flora: white alpine anemone, least primrose, mountain aster (Aster alpinus), Alpine thrift, mountain avens.
Fauna: hare, stoat (ermine), snow grouse.

The fossils

Incredible as it seems, walking along the paths of the Cortina Delicious area you can find fossils of sponge, sea urchins, molluscs, gastropods and algae… and all at over 2106 metres in altitude!

There is nothing strange in this if you consider that the history of the mountains of the Lagazuoi 5 Torri area began precisely in the sea, a good 229 million years ago!.

As a consequence of a series of favourable circumstances, the area gradually acquired the conditions of a tropical sea, and thus the flora and fauna typical of that environment began to develop.

And so the fossils are witness to the ancient aquatic and terrestrial life that reigned supreme here in these mountains millions of years ago.

Nothing can be more thrilling than to go in search of the so called San Cassiano layer, which conserves the organisms which were formed in that far-off period.