Situated in the Dolomiti Bellunesi National park, and included in System 3 of the Dolomiti UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Monti del Sole – Piz de Mezodì mountain group represents an island of “wilderness”, practically unknown to the public, and even less travelled.
This volume collects the writing of Pietro Sommavilla on these mountains in the form of an anthology, beginning from Sentieri e viàz dei Monti del Sole which came out in 1996, co-authored with Franco Miotto (out of print). The third chapter, dedicated to the northernmost section of the group, Piz de Mezodì, was published in two parts in the journal Le Alpi Venete in 2007. Between the two parts, a brief aside delves into the details of the Ferúch area, dedicated to the traverse of this group by the authors, Sommavilla and Miotto in 1998.
These first three chapters offer a precious guide for alpinists and excursionists wishing to approach this fascinating, yet impervious and severe environment.
Several brief contributions follow on history (A. Decima), palaeontology (M. Belvedere), archaeology (A. Angelini) and botany (C. Lasen) of the group.
Two sections are dedicated, by the editors of the volume, to two formidable alpinists of the first half of the 20th century whom, among the first (and few), were drawn to this mountain group: The German, Oscar Schuster (1873-1917) and Ettore Castiglioni (1908-1944), who, in 1935, described this area in his guide to the Pale di San Martino.
The book concludes with an interesting contribution on knowledge and use of medicinal plants which grow in this area by E. Riva.
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