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In high gear

How time flies from New Year to the mid-August holiday of Ferragosto! People leave the snow-covered slopes and the cold behind them and enjoy again the pleasant warmth of the sun while they hike across the once frozen meadows. In the Ampezzo area, in summer you hike to places you have already visited in winter and discover that there are also many great activities to choose from during the summer months.

In summer, the 5 Torri are transformed: the ski area, with its easy and well-connected pistes, offers countless attractions during the warm season: unspoilt nature, climbing walls, hiking trails and open-air museums of WW1. With more than 50 hiking routes on a total of over 120 km of trails and 3 lift facilities, you can choose from many scenic circular hikes starting at the 5 Torri, Bai de Dones, Falzarego and Fedare.

From the centre of Cortina, you can reach Mount Nuvolau…. on foot!
There are various ways up there,  from very easy paths to the most demanding and exciting routes.

Hikes for every level of fitness

Those who are satisfied with a short and easy walk at the foot of the 5 Torri, can take the path that leads from the Cinque Torri Refuge to the Scoiattoli Refuge. This way, you can admire the majesty and beauty of these mountains and also discover one of the historic mountain huts of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Cinque Torri Refuge.

Those who decide to continue hiking, can reach the Averau Refuge and enjoy the view of the Civetta and Marmolada mountains.

With a final effort, you can reach the oldest refuge in Cortina and in the whole Dolomite area: the Nuvolau Refuge, from where a breathtaking 360-degree view of all the surrounding mountains opens up.

@Giacomo Pompanin

Discovering the local history and legends…

Even more interesting are the circular hikes, with their magnificent panoramic views and ancient shelters where you can enjoy delicious traditional meals.

The "Circular hike of the three Refuges", the "Circular route around Mt. Averau" and, for ambitious and sporty hikers, the “Circular hike of the six Refuges”, are particularly recommended.

All three tours start at Baita Bai de Dones, where a nearby lake is linked to one of the fascinating legends of the Dolomites.

On these routes you cross the open-air museum of the First World War, go through trenches and reach emplacements of the First World War.

Walking under the stars... or in sight of the climbers on the 5 Torri

The dream of a midsummer night under the stars has come true thanks to Cortina Delicious. Every year the "Delicious Slow Trekking" covers in 24 hours the entire route of the Delicious Trail Dolomiti, passing also in front of the 5 Torri.

During a stop at the Scoiattoli Refuge or while hiking through the trenches, you can see daring climbers on the routes of the most important climbing crags of the area. There are hundreds of routes with difficulty grades between 2 and 8. One of the classic routes which, however, requires good climbing skills, leads up to the southern summit of the Torre Grande: Via Miriam.

Equipped climbing routes, whatever the difficulty level

The 5 Torri offer the possibility of tackling via ferratas which are even accessible to beginners: the Via Ferrata Ra Gusela starting beside the Cinque Torri Refuge and the Via Ferrata Monte Averau starting next to the Averau Refuge.