In the valley of the Boite stream, at an altitude of 910 metres above sea level, rises Vodo di Cadore, between the Dolomite massifs of Pelmo and Antelao. Less than two hours’ drive from Venice, the area where it has its source is also called “Oltrechiusa” (“Beyond the Lock”), because it is actually located upstream of the fort of the “Lock” of Venas di Cadore. Vodo enjoys an excellent geographical position just near the ski resorts of Cortina d’Ampezzo and San Vito di Cadore and, at the same time, it is set along a tranquil verdant bank. The sports you can practice in this area range from mountain biking – for which the cycle path “La Lunga Via delle Dolomiti” remains the preferred route for Italian and foreign guests – to summer hiking, with trails of different levels of difficulty.
The Venice-Tessera airport is an international airport located 13 km away from the centre of Venice and is named after the famous Venetian merchant and traveller Marco Polo. It is one of the most important airports in northern Italy, preceded by the airports of Milan and Bergamo. The Venice-Tessera airport is connected to the metropolitan hinterland by a bus service scheduled according to the nearby Venice-Mestre train station. It is also connected to the Fondamenta Nove in Venice via a sea transport carrier called “vaporetto” (i.e. “steamer”). The current air terminal, designed by the architect Gian Paolo Mar, was inaugurated in 2002 and covers an area of approximately 60,000 square metres with plenty of services, distributed on different levels.
Venas di Cadore, a small hamlet in the municipality of Valle di Cadore, is located at the beginning of the Boite Valley, at the foot of mount Antelao. Situated in a splendid sunny position just a few steps from the lake of Centro Cadore, its parish church houses a work by Francesco Vecellio, the elder brother of the more famous Titian. It is a starting point for relaxing hikes; in its surroundings you can practice different sports, first of all cycling, on the “Long Way of the Dolomites” or hiking, penetrating into the dense network of paths that cross the surrounding woods. In winter there are some cross-country skiing trails available. In the village it is also possible to observe two military compounds that once were part of the fortification system known as Ridotto Cadorino: Pian dell’Antro and the Barracks of Col Sant’Anna.
Valle di Cadore is an Italian municipality with a population of 1,885 inhabitants located in the province of Belluno, in Veneto. It lies in the flat valley floor at the foot of mount Antelao, opposite the Sasso di Mezzodì. The town, also home to a Roman fort, was crossed by a road called “della Greola” which, rising from Perarolo di Cadore, then continued northwards through the Boite valley constituting, at least from the 11th century, the Old Royal Road. Over the years, there have been many discoveries of finds dating back to Roman times, now on display at the Museo Archeologico Cadorino (Archaeological Museum of Cadore). Valle di Cadore is also rich in buildings dating from the Venetian period: the most beautiful ones are to be found on the road that leads to the Church of St. Martin. The latter, built around the 13th century, was restored in 1473, demolished in 1509 and finally replaced by a new building.
Treviso is an Italian municipality with a population of 85,136 inhabitants, capital of the homonymous province of Veneto, about 30 km away from Venice. Treviso has always been marked by a long religious and monastic tradition that has concerned it for long centuries, that is why it preserves many religious architectures: within its walls rise the city’s oldest churches and surviving monasteries; in the more modern districts, developed in the 20th century, are the relative parish churches, examples of modern and contemporary religious architecture. Squares, palaces, towers and countless museums are as many reasons for the city’s charm. Known under the name of “the little Venice”, Treviso is bathed by several canals, all originating from the division into branches (called “cagnani”) of the Botteniga. The river enters the city passing under the “Ponte de Pria” (Stone Bridge), where are some locks. Two other branches of the Botteniga run along the city walls before flowing into the river Sile, which laps the south side of the historic centre.
Tai di Cadore is a hamlet of the municipality of Pieve di Cadore (BL), in the Belluno Dolomites. The Church of San Candido, dating back to the 14th century, houses works by Cesare Vecellio that attract a large number of tourists every year.
Son dei Prade is surrounded by a natural setting and offers a spectacular view of Cortina. A stone’s throw from the ski slopes of the Tofane district, in the summer it is a popular destination and the starting point for numerous excursions.
Sarè is a small hamlet easily reachable by public transport about 20 minutes’ walk from the Alpina hut. Here stands, overlooking from an imposing position, a historic family-run guesthouse situated at an altitude of 1,650 metres, in a quiet place, bordering the “Fanes-Senes-Braies” nature reserve. From this location it is possible to set off for a hike in the mountains or for a relaxing walk in the woods and adjacent meadows, even with children. In winter the cross-country ski run is located in front of the guesthouse, just 50 m away, while the ski lifts and ski slopes are within 1 kilometre drive.
San Vito di Cadore, a mountain village in the northern part of Veneto, not far from Venice, is located at the foot of the most important mountain chains of the Dolomites. At an altitude of 1,011 metres above sea level, just 11 kilometres from Cortina d’Ampezzo, it rises in a large verdant valley in the heart of the Belluno Dolomites and is a strategic starting point for excursions suitable for both experienced mountaineers and those who prefer to admire mountains from below. Mountain bike lovers will find special routes with breathtaking views, which connect all the localities of the Cadore as well as branching off into numerous other areas of the Dolomites.
San Cassiano, situated at an altitude of 1,537 metres above sea level at the foot of the Lavarella and Conturines massifs, is a hospitable country with international charm, inhabited by almost 900 inhabitants. Hotels, high-level restaurants, huts and farmhouses make your stay pleasant and easy. The pedestrian area, with bars, restaurants and various shops (which are under attack during the tourist season), is particularly famous. The mountains surrounding San Cassiano are particularly interesting from a geological and historical point of view. All around Mount Lagazuoi are visible testimonies of the tragic history of the First World War. In addition, at the foot of the Conturines it is possible to visit a well-preserved cave of a prehistoric cave bear, to which the museum of San Cassiano – located in the village centre – is dedicated as well.