Cinque Torri

 

For my second hike in the Dolomites, I chose Cinque Torri.

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To get to it I took another mountain lift, this time a proper ski lift, but I wasn’t going to walk down the mountain on this hike.

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The plan was to walk around the Cinque Torri (five towers). One hiking guidebook I got showed a 6 km loop around the mountains, so I was banking on doing at least 6 km walking for at least 2 plus hours.

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I need to look at this guidebook again because although they look massive, the walk around the five towers is fairly short and at one point it looked like I was getting awfully close to where I started, so I quickly made up my mind to take a detour. In fact, I took two detours, just for good measure.

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The site of the Cinque Torri is currently an open-air museum (free of charge). I love this concept so much! You not only get a hike, but you also get a history lesson.

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There are trenches, buildings, and plaques commemorating the fighting during World War I. The towers are situated in a strategic spot during the fighting between Italy and Austria-Hungary.

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You can look inside these buildings showing what life was like on the mountain during the war.

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It was a war, so it was pretty awful.

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This area is very popular with mountain climbers. There were quite a few groups scaling the towers as I walked around.

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When it began to look like I’d be soon back where I started (not even an hour had gone by at that point), I took the trail heading for Passo Giau.

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In the beginning, it’s a very pleasant trail. It meanders through mountain meadows and offers more great views of the Cinque Torri.

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I followed the trail until it came to a steep drop. Going down the hill is usually not a problem. But going down would mean that I’d have to go back the same way and I just wasn’t feeling an up-the-mountain climb that day.

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Instead, I headed back for the towers and this time took another side trail hoping for some new scenery.

 

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This trail was fun and I discovered more World War I info, but unfortunately, it lead me to a road and what looked like a small parking area. So, I basically ended up at another trailhead and had to now make my way back.

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There was more to discover on the way back and more amazing sites to see.

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With the detours that I took, I managed to get in almost 7 km.

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View from Cinque Torri towards the ski lift and the restaurant where you can relax after enjoying your hike. Such a beautiful area!

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This hike: 6.8 km; 290 m of elevation gain; 2 hrs 11 min moving time

YTD Hiking Km: 21,61

 

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