great things happen when men and mountains meet
On 26 June 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the uniqueness and beauty of the landscape, as well as their geological and geomorphological importance. This mountain range is located in Northeastern Italy. The so-called “Pale Mountains” take their name form the carbonate rock dolomite which they are made of.
The Dolomites are a true paradise for winter and summer sports which makes this corner of Italy the most dedicated area for active and sustainable tourism.
Riding through these mountains is challenging as the cycling environment is very typical: continuous climbs, consistently steep: you'll often face a gain of 1000m every 45km ridden and it's rare to face climbs at less than 8% incline. Being slow here is fantastic as it gives more time to enjoy the views. Dolomites are pure fun for every avid cyclist but they're also the perfect destination for e-riders, thanks to a consistent network of bike lanes connecting numerous typical ladin mountain villages at the right riding distance for an e-bike. Get ready to discover your favorite mountain region!
Because it's not just cycling
This old recipe of ladin heritage is the perfect way to refill the tank after a day up and down the Dolomites.
As many dishes from the past, they were intended as a great way to give new life to leftovers, in particular bread, not pleasant to eat after a few days. Knödels are the confirmation that recycling is good.
Knödels are an iconic and recognizable dish: shaped as 4-6 cm balls made of stale bread cubes, milk and eggs. Don't forget a big beer and the day after your legs will be as brand new!
At a certain time of the day you might see the peaks around you getting pink. No, it's not because you've burned out, it's a naturalphenomenon called 'enrosadira', which literally means 'turning pink', derives from the Ladin word rosadüra or enrosadöra. This phenomenon is most clearly visible on summer evenings, when the air is particularly clear and the twilight is longest and the hue taken by the mountain peaks varies from pink to orange to purple. The phenomenon is enhanced by the reflectivity of the pale Dolomite rock faces and it's a perfect pic to collect your likes.
Puzzone - Italian colloquial for super stincky - is by far the most known local cheese. Name comes from a popular radio broadcast during which this cheese, produced in the small town named Moena, was jokingly said to be the 'super stinky Moena cheese'.
The name, and the smell, make this cheese a very distinctive gastronomic excellence of this Alpine region.
The good of Puzzone cheese, in the good old times, was that with its flavour and smell could improve - also in little quantity - the poor cuisine of the past: an entire dish of polenta could turn super stinky and delicious.
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