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Faloria, Cortina d’Ampezzo

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Our second day in Cortina involved a beautiful ascent to Mount Faloria, pizza, a charming coffee break and lots of walking.
Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_1Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_3Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_18We decided to skip the hotel shuttle and walk to the village along the old railroad track. The day was absolutely gorgeous: freezing cold but sunny. We stopped to take pictures, we admired the beautiful houses… while being constantly overtaken by 70 year old women who walked faster than we did. All in all, a great hike.
40 minutes later we arrived at the funicular station and made a quite impressive ascent to what looked like a slightly friendlier version of the Wall (we’re talking Game of Thrones, obviously). The views of the valley from the cable car were spectacular but if you happened to look up… the view changed drastically: a dramatic wall of light grey stone stood proudly upon us. Again, we had to face our fear of hights but the views once we arrived to the top were worth it.Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_14Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_21Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_20Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_19Mount Faloria has 24 pistes and, even though there wasn’t much snow, it was crowded with people trying to make the most of the slopes. Of course, we took our places on the terrace of the mountain shelter, grab our drinks and sunbathed. The morning workout at the hotel gym and the hike were enough for the day. So we enjoyed our aperitivi, the views and watched the skiers do their thing.
Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_10Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_9Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_8Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_7Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_6Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_5Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_4Since the food on this mountain shelter was not exactly what we expected, nothing like Col Druscié, we decided to descend to Cortina and look for a nice place to eat. Unfortunately the village was completely empty (off season problems) and we found really hard to find restaurant to have lunch. We ended up in a local pizzeria where we were almost the only customers. Not a memorable pizza, but nice enough to satisfy our cravings.
Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_11Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_12Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_16Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_22The pizza was followed by a calm, lazy walk around the village. We windowshopped, we were amazed by the incredible jewels exposed in Bartorelli Boutique, we explored… and we stopped for coffee at Cafe Royal. Located in the pedestrian area of Cortina, this charming cafe brought back so many memories. It is a typical Italian little town cafe. Just like the ones I used to visit with my great aunt or my grandfather. Brocade tablecloths, wooden chairs, some tramezzini on display and an old television with its soothing sound on the background. We ordered two macchiatoni and warmed up before making our way back to the hotel for an afternoon at the spa.Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_13Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_15Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_23Cortina_D'Ampezzo_Day2_24On our way back the sun was setting and the fog was covering the valley. We hurried up… the temperatures were lower and lower and the warm, calming spa was waiting for us like a prize at the other side of the finish line. Another fantastic day had went by and we had just one day of adventures left. More on that next week…

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