Road Trip Through Switzerland, Italy & Austria - 7

Staulanza & Giau Pass, The Dolomites and Lago Ghedina

....continued from 'Part 6'

After visiting 'Venice', we wanted to visit some other places in Italy, but unfortunately we didn't have enough time, as we had to get back to work. So, we planned to go back and as we had some more days off (weekend), we planned on visiting some places in Austria (on the way back). So, we drove North of Venice, towards the Alps mountains (Dolomites), in the direction of Austria. This route also has excellent mountain passes and good enough scenery. So, our vacation mood was not yet over, although we were headin' back home.

The part of the Alps mountains that you come across, when you cross from Italy to Austria or vice-verse are called 'Dolomites'..and are located in the province of Belluno, Bolzano-Bozen, Trento - Italy (North East). This part of the Alps is also famous for skiing and other sports related to mountains. Also, many people visit this part of the Alps, to climb the 'Via Ferrate', which is one of the paths created during the World War I. During the World War I, the border line for Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces, ran through the Dolomites.

The 'Dolomites' also have good number of mountain passes, where you can see lot of bikers/motor-bikers and people driving cars, in the summer time (most of 'em just do it for fun or vacationing around this place). We drove through a couple of passes, out of which 'Passo Staulanza' (Staulanza Mountain Pass) and 'Passo Giau' (Giau Mountain Pass) are well known mountain passes. Below are some pics from Staulanza Pass:

From Staulanza and Giau Pass, Italy


From Staulanza and Giau Pass, Italy


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From Staulanza and Giau Pass, Italy


And...below are some pics from 'Passo Giau' (Giau Mountain Pass):

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From Staulanza and Giau Pass, Italy


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From Staulanza and Giau Pass, Italy


From Staulanza and Giau Pass, Italy


After passing these passes, we stopped at some cool location called 'Lago Ghedina' (Lake Ghedina), close to Cortina - Italy. This lake is on top of some Alps mountain and looks like it's located in the middle of no-where. There is also a restaurant, which is built on the top of the lake (at one edge) and looks like a postcard picture. If you ever happen to travel around this place, check the restaurant : Ristorante Lago Ghedina . Here's a video that I shot:



And below are some pics of the lake, the restaurant and its surroundings:

From Lake Ghedina, Italy


From Lake Ghedina, Italy


From Lake Ghedina, Italy


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From Lake Ghedina, Italy


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From Lake Ghedina, Italy


......continue to 'Next Part of The Trip'

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