While on our visit to Trento in the north of Italy, our wonderful hosts took us on a day trip to the Dolomites. It was a fantastic, winding and nauseating drive up to 2000 meters to the village of Canazei, a very pretty alpine town at the base of Pordoi.
After a short rest to recover from the winding roads, we took the cable car to the rest of the way to the top of Sass Pordoi at 2950 meters and hiked down to a small rifugio for lunch. These small, staffed lodges are used by hikers and climbers year round for a place for lunch or an over night stop on longer treks along the Pordoi Pass. The food was excellent and the view quite spectacular looking over to Piz Boe – If it hadn’t been so cold and late in the afternoon we might have stayed a little longer!
As we returned to the cable car for the descent, we watched some mountaineers arrive at the top of Sass Pordoi and applauded them as they arrived, I didn’t think it looked so bad until we took the cable car back down, and noticed that there is a flat shear rock face just below where they had just emerged!
It was beautiful and crisp at the top of the mountain and it was amazing to look out at the horizon with mountains as far as the eye could see.