Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park
The Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park is enormous. We may have already mentioned that bears are often spotted in this park, in particular the Speleo bear, the common cave bear.
In the more than 25,000 hectares, you will also be able to admire the beauty of the flora and fauna, as well as the play of water in its seasons: waterfalls, streams and lakes. Don’t forget that the Boite river, which gives its name to the valley of Cortina, originates here. The park can also be accessed from Cortina by reaching the Lavarella refuge.
For budding speleologists, but also for those who love the theme, the park offers the possibility of visiting its caves of karstic origin with specialised guides.
The Fanes-Senes-Braies Park has been a protected area since 1980 and covers the municipalities of Badia, Braies, Dobbiaco, La Valle, Marebbe, Valdaora and Cortina.
Tre Cime Nature Park (Drei Zinnen)
The symbol of the Dolomites and South Tyrol par excellence is world-famous: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) have conquered musicians and actors all over the world. They consist of the Cima Grande (which you can reach by a via ferrata), Cima Ovest and Cima Piccola.
A ring-route around this marvel is recommended, and to reach the park you can arrive from Auronzo via Lake Misurina and leave your car at the Auronzo Refuge (with a Euro 30 car toll).
Other important peaks are the Punta dei Tre Scarperi (3,152 m), Mount Popera (3,046 m), Croda dei Baranci (2,922 m), Mount Paterno (2,744 m), Peak Una (2,698 m), Peak Undici (3,092 m) and Peak Dodici (3,094 m).
Somadida Oriented Nature Reserve
The Oriented Nature Reserve of Somadida is a state protected area that extends for 1,676 hectares from the locality Palus San Marco, along the Ansiei stream, to the peaks of Marmarole and Sorapiss.
From this forest, the Republic of Venice used to make flagpoles for its sails and masts for its ships. In the lower part, where there is a splendid protected forest, there are level paths suitable for everyone, a visitors’ centre with a small nature museum and a small hut used as the Bosco Library where nature books can be consulted. In summer, the forest is the scene of meetings, concerts and various activities.
The most interesting area is represented by the forest of spruce, fir and beech, crossed by numerous water courses. As for fauna, here you can find chamois, roe deer, deer, squirrels, foxes, stoats, as well as eagles, peregrine falcons, buzzards, owls and owls.
Somadida is a jewel protected by the forestry department.