A travel journal
to Pieve di Cadore by Barb B
Quote: Just 20 miles north of Belluno, but a million miles from the bustling tourist crowds of the Veneto, the town of Pieve di Cadore awaits. Nestled in the shadow of the Marmolada peaks of the Dolomite range, the overwhelming natural beauty of the Italian countryside is only exceeded by the warmth and hospitality of the local people.
Not far from the ski area so popular with the "Jet Set", Cortina D’ Ampezza, you will recognize the area if you saw the movie THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, this was the site of the movie.
A popular resort area in both summer and winter for walking, hiking and skiing. It is also a frequent stop-off location for long distance bicyclists.
The town’s main claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Titan, perhaps the greatest of Venice’s 16th century masters.
This was one of THE best bargains we have ever enjoyed, anywhere in Italy! A family-run hotel since 1920, Cavallino is situated right in the heart of the historic center of town. We enjoyed a pleasant room with --THREE wonderful home-cooked meals each day and yet we paid less than $70 US per day for TWO People!
Our hotelkeeper, Antonio and his lovely Mexican-born wife ensured that all of our needs within the hotel were met; while "Mama" was in charge of the kitchen. Antonio''s Mama prepared hearty, typical Northern Venetian fare, with "love", and everything was absolutely marvelous! There was always a fresh green salad for starters, A Primo Piatti (first course) generally a hearty soup, followed by the Secondo Piatti (entree) veal, pork, beef or cheese items. A pasta course was included and then, dessert. -- Always a bowl of fresh fruit and wedges of fresh local cheese--WHO could ASK for More?
When we arrived, we were assigned "Our Table" and this remained "Our Table" throughout our 3-day stay. After each meal, we placed our napkins into an envelope next to our plates -- and we used the same napkin throughout (VERY typical of Small pensions in Italy)! Our Wines were purchased separately, and our bottle remained on "our" table and was replenished "as needed".
Our Queen sized room was VERY clean, (even the carpet!) comfortable with private bath and a GREAT shower head (not always found in Italy), color Satellite TV (with remote), hair dryer, telephone and safe deposit box. The view from our shuttered windows looked right out onto the town center.
A comfortable local bar is located on the premises and since Antonio was a world-class Italian cyclist in his younger days, he will show you lots of pictures from his cycling days. He can also relate numerous stories of his cycling trips through the Dolomites and the Alps if you show even the slightest interest.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2001
Albergo Ristorante Cavallino
Via Nazionale 4
Pieve di Cadore, Italy
Since both my husband and I are avid gardeners and we needed a break from sightseeing, we made the short trip (about 14 Kilometers) to Lake Misurina for a day of peace and quiet outdoors. Misurina is a charming village at the foot of the "Drei Zinnen"in the Lavaredo area, which is well known for it’s great variety of wild flowers and plants. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Dolomites the combination of dolomitic limestone and volcanic soils are said to be the key to the exciting diversity of the alpine flora and fauna found in this region.
At lower elevations, we found cool wooded areas of tall Spruce and Larch, with the occasional Alder, Sycamore and Birch growing alongside. Great stands of Stone Pines stood beside Dwarf Pines and Juniper Bushes. The most striking sight was doubtless the hairy Alpine rose, a dwarf Rhododendron that colonizes whole mountain slopes. Meadow flowers were abundant with numerous Compositae, Campanulae, Papilionaceae and Buttercups as well as a wide variety of grasses, forage and fodder plants.
The mountain flora is comprised mainly of small-blossomed flowering plants concentrated on the banks of the mountain streams. It includes a variety of Primulae, Snow-white leopard’s bane, radiant Auricula and – "Queen of the alpine flowers" – the star-shaped Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum). The pale reflections of the Dolomites provide the perfect backdrop for pink Cinquefoil, orange-red Rhaetian Alpine Poppies and, dark-blue Rampion.
These flower-filled meadows also provide the ideal place to view a variety of songbirds, such as redstarts, finches, thrush, lark and tits. Conditions here are ideal for observing some rare species in their natural habitat. We also saw many Woodpeckers and even a large screech owl during our trek around the lake. Definitely a great day in a special get-away-from-it-all place!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2001
Flora and Fauna of Misurina
Pieve di Cadore, Italy
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