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One of the most fascinating trail you can do in the area in the one to reach Valle Ombretta. Starting from the camping you take the road on your right, the path is not difficult but you'll always have to climb. But the effort will worth it, the view on the south side of Marmolada is amazing. Here you can find Malga Ombretta (1904 mt), where you can rest after walking, eat something and buy some local cheese. Going on you can also reech Rifugio Fallier (2074 mt), from there the most trained one can reach Bivacco Bianco. Valle Ombretta is also the a meeting point for climbers who climb this steep side of the Marmolada. If you are lucky you can also see marmots and rock goats.

From Malga Ciapela you can reach the cable car to the top of Marmolada, from where you can see all the dolomites and if the weather is good you can also see the Austrian Alps and the Venice lido. At The Serauta cable car station on Mount Marmolada, there is a fascinating Museum dedicated to the First World War, with a wealth of interesting exhibits and which is the highest museum in Europe at an altitude of 2.950m. The war fought in these peaks is unique in the whole of human history and it was here that an Austrian engineer designed a 12km long network of tunnels completely excavated out of the ice.Hundreds of soldiers lived in this "City of Ice" for two endless winters, a museum whose historical and scientific value is as unique as the stunning environment that surrounds it.

The artisan workshops at Sottoguda are well worth a visit to watch highly skilled craftsman transform iron and wood into objects that are utterly unique. The Marmolada area is also a treasure trove for the Ladin culture and tradition. The orgaisation "Union di Ladins de Rocia" is committed to preserving the Ladin language and all the customs that go with it.

The area is not only famous for walkings but also for traditional food. Simple but delicious recipes cleverly  put together with consummate skill and using such authentic local ingredients as speck (bacon) and malga cheeses, form the basis of the local Marmolada cuisine. There are the "casonziei" half-moon shaped ravioli, stuffed with pumpkin and flavoured with smoked ricotta and melted butter, plus other fillings like spinach, potato and wild herbs. Then there are "turtole", circular pasta cushions filled with sauerkraut or spinach and deep fried in siyyling oil. Along with "casonzei", one of the most famous local dishes is "bale", dumplings with speck, spinach or cheese and served with veal, either in a soup or with salad. Other local dishes to try are game served with polenta and "menestra da orz", a hearty barley soup with smoked shin of pork. There are plenty of desserts to choose from, such as "fiorostide" or "tortiei da pom", apple fritters. The crowning glory of the culinary tradition are the grappas flavoured with cumin, mountain pine, juniper, blueberries and wild strawberries.

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