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Alleghe, Veneto

Since the late 19th century the town has been a renowned winter and summer resort for its splendid landscape encircled by centennial trees and the impressive crest of mount Civetta. Alleghe rises on a rocky spur extending over the Alleghe lake, which was formed on 11 January 1771 by a landslide coming from Mount Spitz that buried three hamlets, Riete, Marin and Fusine and originated a huge dam of rock and mud that blocked the valley stream, forming the lake. The population speaks a Ladin dialect.

Info

  • Altitude: 979 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 1,500 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 32022
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0437
  • Patron Saint: St. Biagio, celebrated on 3rd February
  • Frazioni & Localities: Caprile, Casaril, Coi, Col de Fontana, Coldemies, Cordella, Fernazza, Fontanive, Frena, La Sala, Lagusel, Masarè, Perencina, Pian, Pinié, Pradel di sotto, Pradel di sopra, Scalon, Tos.
  • GPS Coordinates: 46.24.N, 12.1.E
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History

There is a popular legend on the lake. A pilgrim, coming from from the southern village of Avoscan, in the late afternoon of 11 January 1771, tired and freezing, asked for food and a place to stay overnight but none of the villagers helped him. Only a poor widow with five children shared with him the little dinner, and offered her stable. Before going to sleep the pilgrim told them not to be afraid of some big noise in the night and to stay inside. In the night the earthquake came, but the widow and her children did not move. The following morning, the old pilgrim was gone, as well as all of the houses around them, covered by the lake.

What to see

  • The Civetta Mountain Group, with the majestic summit of 3218 m., hovering with its Northern face over Alleghe, well-known among mountain climbers all over the world for its extreme difficulties.

Where to stay

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