The pathStart point: Camping Olympia, Fiames Length: 7 km (4.34 mi) Height gain: 50 mt (164 ft) Round trip: About 1 hour and a half Destination: The meadows of Cadin GPX: Download our GPX route
The road that starts from "Fiames" and leads to "Cadin" is a relaxing walk that can be done by everybody, also childrens and older people.
This is a short itinerary through the woods, about 3.5km (2.17mi) in length and lasting about 40 minutes, which doubles in case you decide to come back the same way, as we have made.
The walk is ideal on hot summer days, because the route is always shaded by the trees. It also is near the banks of the river Boite, and the refreshing effect given by the proximity of the water helps even more to fight the warmth.
The start of our walk is in the district of Fiames, which can be reached walking, by car or by bus with bus n°1 from Cortina d'Ampezzo Station. For more information on city bus service, you can contact the Cortina info point, or the station ticket office. In case you have decided to use your car, you can leave it in one of the many parking lots available near the airfield, which are usually not too crowded.
Once you reach Fiames you have to head to the bridge on the Boite river, the same that brings to the Olympia camping. Once you've crossed the bridge, just look for the sign named Ponte de ra Sia, where the indication of path 417 will invite you to enter the woods, towards Cadin, exactly here.
The walk follows the "Boite" River for about half an hour, never presenting particularly steep climbs or descents. After about twenty minutes you'll encounter a small crossroads, but the two roads meet again a few meters ahead, so the direction you decide to follow will be completely indifferent.
Now there is a small climb, after which you'll have to continue for another 10 minutes, until you see the end of the woods and a green meadow, full of flowers and with a truly enchanting view of Cortina. There is a very short distance left to reach Cadin.
The walk ends at the end of this beautiful meadow, at the small village of Cadin di Sopra. Unfortunately Cadin doesn't have much to offer to the tourists, so you could take a short visit, but you'll probably leave soon. To return home, you can take the same route you did before, or alternatively you can walk towards the town center. In this case it will take about 40 minutes.
On the meadow before Cadin, at the right time of the year, it is also possible to see several Red Lilies, called Lilies of John the Baptist. This beautiful flower grows in the period from May to July and is a protected species, therefore it must not be collected in any way, neither as a flower nor as a bulb.
Before reaching the village of Cadin you'll find a picturesque wooden bench, from which you can observe the panorama and relax in the sun. On the back of the bench Kurt Wierer sculpted a Madonna, who observes Cortina with a blissful smile, perhaps she too was enchanted by the view of Mount Faloria.
Mount Pomagagnon, seen from Cadin, is one of the most majestic mountains in the whole valley. In reality, its hugeness is only an illusion due to its particular proximity. The highest ridges of this mountain (the "Croda Longes", the "Croda of Pomagagnon" and the "Head of Bartoldo") don't even reach 2500mt (8,200ft) in height, almost nothing compared to the 3244mt (10,600ft) of the Tofane or the 3264mt (10,700ft) of Mount Antelao.
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