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The realm of the marmots

The 5 Torri are located in the territory of the ancient institution Regole d'Ampezzo - which administers the common use of the collective heritage of pastures and forests – and next to the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.Both pay great attention to the conservation of the territory’s large biodiversity, safeguarding fragile ecological balances and extensive ecosystems. Don't miss the opportunity to observe the characteristic features of this natural region.

Spectacular high mountain flowers and ancient forests

The Alpine spruce forests extend from 1,330 to 1,900 metres of altitude. Here grow the willow gentian and the heath spotted orchid, one of the endemic 35 orchid species of the Ampezzo region. Here live roe deers, pine martens, capercaillies, great spotted woodpeckers and pygmy owls.

At higher altitudes are dominating larches and stone pines - in the valley, some attain an age of 500 years. This high mountain region is undoubtedly the most representative of the Ampezzo Dolomites and is home to the Alpine clematis, the martagon lily and the rusty-leaved alpenrose.

The lily blossom in July is magnificent. It can be admired on path n° 419 that leads from Col Gallina to the 5 Torri, where spotted nutcrackers, Eurasian three-toed woodpeckers, black grouse and boreal owls live. 

The sentries of the Dolomites

At even higher altitudes, you can hike among stone pine shrubs (here called Barancio), which grow on the rocky and gravelly slopes which are most exposed to landslides and avalanches. Alder trees are also typical in this area.

In the mountain meadows between the rocks grow arnica, spotted gentian, yellow anemone and Gymnadenia.

It is the ideal environment for spotting chamois, rock partridge and, above all, the cute marmots. If you stand still and wait quietly until the high, shrill alarm signal emitted by the marmot's lookout sentries die down, you can watch from a distance the colony of marmots that come out from the burrows dug under rock slides.