Latemar and Catinaccio

The roses of King Laurino

Adjoining and separate mountain ranges, Latemar and Catinaccio shape the western borders of the valleys of Fiemme and Fassa.
Mountains with an extraordinary nature and landscape, the groups of the Latemar and Catinaccio offer some of the most famous sceneries of the Dolomites, like the Torre di Pisa and the Torri del Vajolet, which have been climbed by the likes of Georg Winkler and Tita Piaz. You can reach them from Valle di Fassa and Val di Fiemme.

Don't miss the Excursion Park Latemarium, with a privileged vantage point on these enchanted peaks and many themed trails, great for children too.

Latemar - Catinaccio

The legend of King Laurino originated in these mountains to explain the phenomenon of the Enrosadira (Alpenglow), when the Dolomites turn red at sunset. In fact, the Germans refer to the Catinaccio as the "Rosengarten" (or "rose garden" in English). Laurino, King of the dwarves, after the defeat at the hand of Teodorico of Verona, who kidnapped his princess Similda, turned the beautiful meadows of Catinaccio, covered with roses, into a wilderness of rocks and pointed pinnacles of a pale colour like the moon. His spell caused the red of the roses to disappear from those mountains both during the day and at night. Laurino, though, forgot the Alpenglow at sunset, and it is precisely at that moment that the sunbeams colour the rocks and make it possible to still see the lost Kingdom of Laurino with its roses.