King Laurin’s rose garden
The wild mountain chain of the Val d’Ega
The Catinaccio, or “Rosengarten” in German, also usually calls to mind the dwarf king Laurin. Legend has it that he used to nurture – and that he eventually cursed - his splendidly blooming rose garden here. When he cast a spell over his roses, hiding their beauty from the eyes of men by day and by night, he luckily (for us) forgot to include the twilight… which is why the Catinaccio – the “Rose Garden” – still “blooms” or actually glows a deep pink at sunset: the phenomenon of the Alpenglow, also called Enrosadira. The magic of the Catinaccio!
The Catinaccio: facts and figures
Hikers, nature enthusiasts and adventurers will all feel the call of this wild mountain range all the stronger in daytime: it offers 10 peaks, 11 refuges, 10 passes, 5 fixed rope routes and plenty of adventure! With an altitude of 3,004 metres, the Catinaccio d’Antermoia or Kesselkogel is the highest peak of the Catinaccio massif, followed closely by the Cima Catinaccio at 2,981 metres. The stunning silhouette of the Catinaccio massif runs for over eight kilometres along the horizon and forms part of the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park. Hiking, biking, climbing, tobogganing, ski touring, skiing, cross-country skiing… those wanting to live the Catinaccio to the full can do so in their own way. Truly the summit of adventures!