The Queen of the Dolomites.
The Marmolada includes the territory from Punta Penia to Punta Serauta. In the south the mountains fall away sharply towards the Ombretta valley, whereas in the north it drops down quite softly. This is also where the Marmolada glacier is situated.
According to a legend, once upon a time on the Marmolada there were lush meadows. One day, when two farmers did not observe a holiday, it began to snow heavily and it did not stop any more. From this point of time the Marmolada was covered by a glacier.
Round the Marmolada, which is by the way the highest mountain of the Dolomites and therefore also called “Queen of the Dolomites”, there are several hiking paths and via ferrata routes. The Dolomite high path n° 2 for example traverses this mountain area. Another popular hike is the route from the Malga Ciapela to Alba di Canazei, which leads along the foot of the Marmolada.
There is even a funicular on the Marmolada. Moreover a mountain war museum has been integrated into the funicular station. This museum, which documents the role of the Marmolada in the first world war, might probably be the highest located museum throughout Europe.
Highest peak: Marmolada (3,343 m)
First ascent Marmolada: 28th September 1864, Paul Grohmann
Important mountains: Punta Penia (3,343 m), Punta Rocca (3,309 m), Punta Ombretta (3,230 m), Monte Serauta (3,069 m), Pizzo Serauta (3,035 m)