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Lake Misurina

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Among the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy, there is a beautiful and quiet lake: Lake Misurina, found in the historical area of Cadore. It is considered the biggest lake in the Cadore area, giving its name to the small town on its shore. The lake can easily be explored by foot thanks to the paths that were built around it. The whole tour takes approximately one hour and offers beautiful views on the lake, the forest and the Dolomites Mountains.

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Lake Misurina is located 1754 meters above sea level and is about five meters deep with a perimeter of 2.6 kilometers. It is surrounded by different beautiful mountains: in the north we can see the summit of Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2999 meters), in the West is Monte Cristallo (3 221 meters) while in the East is the Gruppo dei Cadini. Finally, in the south is Mount Sorapiss, which is clearly reflected on the water. Lake Misurina is also surrounded by a great forest composed of many conifers and fir trees.

The different mountains around the lake still have vestiges from World War I, including military roads, tunnels, caves and shacks. Now a quiet place, Queen Margherita of Savoy chose Lake Misurina as a holiday destination after her husband King Umberto I was assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci. The lake is not simply a popular holiday attraction; given that the air there is so pure, an important clinic that specializes in curing children with asthma was built to take advantage of it.

Dolomities

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In the northern part of Italy, in the Eastern Alps, are some of the most beautiful mountains in the country: the Dolomites. These mountains are a little bit different from the rest of the Alps because of the minerals that compose it, giving them a light pink, coral and light red color when the sun sets. In 2009, the Dolomites Mountains were registered on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.

The Dolomites are located near Austria and are spread over three regions: Trentino-Altino-Adige, Veneto and Friuli. Several charming villages and ski resorts are located near or on the slopes of the mountains. The Dolomites are the perfect region for sport lovers: during the summer it is possible to go hiking, parachuting and paragliding while during the winter, skiing is one of the most popular sports.

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The highest summit of the Dolomites is the Marmoada with its 3343 meters in height but in fact, the Dolomites boast 18 different summits reaching higher than 3000 meters. As such, this region offers visitors many breathtaking panoramas over the mountains, valleys and clear water lakes. It is unsurprising then that there are several legends related to the Dolomites Mountains, most of them involving kings, princesses, fairies and elves.

While the population in the Dolomites is technically Italian, they consider themselves Tyrol people. In this region there is also a small population that speaks Ladin. Ladin is a language composed of a number of dialects, related to Swiss Romansh, and spoken almost uniquely in this area.