For those who want to ski and hike.
Alleghe is a tiny and nice village on the Dolomites. Monte Civetta (i.e. Owl Mountain) observes the small town and separates Val di Zoldo from another wonderful place on these mountains: Agordino. Alleghe and its mountains are full of wonders, snow (in winter) and misteries, as far as I’m concerned.
Monte Civetta and Alleghe are not so far from the well-known and glamour Cortina d’Ampezzo and they are completely different from the most trendy mountain spots in Veneto.
Alleghe lies on the shores of the lake, that takes the name from the village. This lake was formed by the landside of part of one of the surrondings mountains. When I was a child, I was told that Monte Civetta has this strange name because it’s easy to recognize a big owl’s face carved by nature in rocks.
The truth is that nobody knows the reasons but, in the past, Monte Civetta has been considered an unlucky place. Some popular beliefs in Italian peasant culture say that owls are the symbol of something dark and bad. When the landside happens in late 18th Century, everybody said it was Monte Civetta’s fault.
Despite the past and popular beliefs, Monte Civetta is now one of the most beautiful ski resorts and areas in Veneto. A daily ski-pass costs about 39.00 € for about 80 km of slopes. The zone around ski-lifts offers accomodation for all budgets.
Alleghe is not a night-life place but here it is possibile to attend some interesting ice-hockey matches.
Hiking is one of the best activities in this part of Veneto. Taking Alleghe as starting point, the Dolomites offer a lot of paths, suitable both for beginners and expert or trained people.
Spending some days in Alleghe gives anyone the opportunity to enjoy great views as well as the pure simplicity of the mountains.