Marmolada, the queen of the Dolomites

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5A6E4D7A-CA01-4CFE-8C88-80C465C7E3B2One of the best things about living in the Veneto region is the possibility of being in one of the best territories  in Italy. Honestly, I was so busy coping up with everyday life that it’s only lately that I started to realize (maybe because I have more time to spend for myself), that I live near one of the most interesting and beautiful parts of Italy. Venice is a few minutes by train, Verona, Padua and the  Dolomites is just a few hours drive away. Although it took me a lot of years to realize that I am living in a region with a lot of sites considered by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a world heritage but I also believe that this is the right moment for me to begin to understand the value of  everything around me. Travelling is surely one of the best way to savor and to appreciate more deeply life in all its aspects.

From the moment I saw the morning star shining on top of the Sorapis mountain, the Dolomite mountain ranges (declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site) have fascinated me enough to make me visit it or walk its trails every year. As I have written in an article in a  local journal more than 20 years ago, the beauty of the Dolomites evokes in me that intense and beautiful sensation  whenever I see some beaches in the islands of Mindanao and Visayas, Philippines. A simple yet profound way of nature to say, “Hey! look at me, I’m beautiful, priceless and I’m always here for you! the only thing I ask is for you to love and take care of me.”

 

Yesterday I woke up thinking what particular place to visit this weekend and pop! How about visiting a museum dedicated to the heroes who fought in the Marmolada range in the Alps during the First World War?  The Museum is truly interesting to visit (unfortunately it was not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. The two pictures above were taken at the entrance to the museum.) but after listening to the audio guides about the life of the soldiers and the objects recovered during that war displayed in the museum, I just can’t help myself feeling very sad. War is never the solution. Love is.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Sunday!