Temperatures are dropping, clocks have gone back one hour, the leaves will soon all have fallen off the trees, leaving us with some distress and, to an extent, anguish. How long will we have to wait until the snow colours mountain peaks with ivory white and glistens and sparkles under the sun rays? How long until we can ski up and down the valleys, with that wonderful feeling of joy painted all over our faces?
"Le Mandl de Aunejia (Venezia) a Ras"
Perched on a hill close to San Vigilio di Marebbe, in the Val Badia, you can find a castle that the nobles of Ras had had built in the XV century.
High above in the Val Pettorina, north of the Serrai of Sottoguda, stood an enormous bronze door, which led to the mythical reign of King Ombro. He lived in a marvellous alabaster castle, whose entry was only granted to very few people.
His daughter, Ombretta, was really pretty, always cheerful and smiling, and was loved by all the citizens. Only her stepmother felt resentment towards her, for she saw what an impediment she was to her own daughters, themselves not as charming as she was. The Queen had tried to marry them off several times, but to no avail.
Summer has come and we just want to be out and about. We crave pristine air and marvellous views. Our rucksacks are ready, we wear appropriate clothing… it would be a shame to ruin a day’s outing because we have opted for the wrong food, wouldn’t it?
Several places in South Tyrol are endowed with peculiar charm and mystery. The story of the Sciliar Plateau, whose image is among those symbolising the Dolomites, is rich in mythological and legendary figures that live in the local woods. Stories, which have been passed on for centuries, were born out of these figures, among which the cult of the Witches of the Sciliar.
Going to the mountains is good for us – fresh and clean air, exercise, the colours and landscapes which feed our souls… - and those who deeply love it try and get their children involved from a very young age. This choice can be praised, although there are a few precautions one ought to take.