Located in the central part of the Ampezzo Basin in high Boite Valley, of Belluno province, Cortina d’Ampezzo or The Pearl of the Dolomites is the most renowned and praised mountain resort in Italy. Besides hosting the Winter Olympic Games and Ski World Cup, each year Cortina is the scene of several international sports events. The international fame of this site in Ampezzo arises from its well-known ski slopes, amongst the most stunning in the Dolomites. Large facilities and sports centres have been upgraded for winter tourism. About 30 cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts, and about 80 slopes (Tofana, Mietres, Cristallo, Faloria and Cinque Torri) are within the Dolomite Superski territory, the largest ski system in the world. Opened in 2011 in the Tofana area, the new Cortina Snow-park, reachable with a 4-seat chair lift, is 500 m long and divided into two areas with different levels of difficulty. Summer tourism Summer tourism offers a range of activities as wide as the winter one. Cortina d’Ampezzo is famous for its most sought after destinations for hikers, with several routes of various lengths and difficulty, from walks and bike tours in the woods, to via ferrata climbing on the bare rock several hundred metres high.
Asolo has one of the most charming town centres of Veneto. Built upon paleo-venetian establishments, thanks to an optimal climate, it soon became a notable roman centre, municipium since the first century B.C. It is mentioned by Pliny the Elder and Tholomeus. In the Roman period, it was enriched with an aqueduct, a theatre, baths, and a road (the Aurelian Way). Asolo was later made Episcopal seat until 969 A.C., and allocated to the Treviso Parish. It was often conquered (by Ezzelino of Romano, the Da Camino, the Scaligero and the Carrarerisi), and in 1338 it became part of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. Asolo hosted Caterina Cornaro’s Kingdom, and many relevant figures fell in love with it, such as Eleonora Duse, Giosue’ Carducci, Igor Stravinskij, Antonio Canova, and Ernest Hemingway, up to more contemporary figures like Carlo Scarpa, De Pisis, Alberto Sordi, Monica Vitti, Gian Antonio Stella and many others. Asolo’s unique charm arises from its medieval features, its ancient walls overlooked by the Rocca, its suggestive streets and porches with gothic arches, the ancient buildings and houses with picturesque balconies and fresco paintings from the past ages. Most recommended attractions: the Caffe’ in the main square, a meeting place for scholars and celebrities, has been the shooting location of well-known movies; the Castello della Regina (Queen’s Castle) with Teatro Duse, the Cathedral and the City Museum.
The town is also provided with extensive walls, currently under restoration, which served as a defense of the historical centre during wars. Another basic element of Treviso’s social evolution is religion: it is historically likely that the Christian religion spread in Veneto towards the end of the 1st century through veterans returning from Asia, and later became popular in Treviso too, until its establishment in the 4th century after Constantine’s Edict. The first saints celebrated in this town also date back to the 4th century: Saint Liberale, the city patron, and the saints Teonisto, Tabra, and Tabrato, who became martyrs at the end of the 4th century
In Saint Christine of Quinto, near Treviso, Sile river and Piovega creek merge into a stunning swampy island, protected by Mulino Cervara Natural Reserve. This small bio reserve is among the finest sites in EU for its natural heritage, with rare or elsewhere extinct wildlife species, and the ancient native flora from Sile, where plants and shrubs have been only recently discovered. The reserve may be explored on foot or on a traditional Venetian boat (“pantana”), which will take you to the most special places of the marsh, even up the Sile river. There is also a small museum within the Park.
At the edge of an enclosed sea, the lagoon experiences differences in water levels, the most relevant (especially in autumn and spring) causing high tides which periodically flood the lower islands, or low tides, which may dry up the smaller canals. For a smoother navigation the lagoon canals are marked by poles called bricole. Sea access will be regulated in the future by huge works under the MOSE project.