The Dolomite Mountains that overlook San Gregorio nelle Alpi are rocky and wild, and they have become a destination for hikers who shy away from mass tourism. Mount Pizzocco, symbol of the Belluno Dolomites with its slender and recognisable shape, looks straight down upon the buildings and grounds of the Foundation. The view from Pizzocco’s summit is incredible: the Monti del Sole, the Vette (summits) Feltrine, the Cimonega range and the entire Belluno valley.

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In 1969, members of the community of San Gregorio nelle Alpi transformed an old shepherd’s summer cottage into the Casera Ere mountain lodge at 1297 metres. A small restaurant prepares authentic Italian dishes during the summer months, and benches and tables are available for picnics all year long. The hike to Casera Ere begins just north of the town centre in Roncoi (640 metres) and continues along path 851. The climb is gradual and not overly demanding, and path 851 passes by old rural houses with wooden balconies and stairs. From Casera Ere, hikers can admire the Belluno valley, the slow flow of the Piave River and other mountain ranges.

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