Monte Piano 2305m

Monte Piana is a large, flat-topped mountain at the western edge of the group Dolomiti di Sesto / Sextener Dolomiten. It is neighboured by the groups of Cristallo, Drei Zinnen, Croda Rossa, and this way its summit has a perferct 360° panorama to these mountains.

This mount served as a big natural fortress during the First World War. From its top all the surrounding valleys (Valle di Landro / Höhlensteintal towards Dobbiaco / Toblach on the north, Val Popena towards the pass of Misurina on the southwest and the pass of Cimabanche / In Gemärk on the west) were easily controllable. The northern peak (Monte Piano, 2305m) was held by the Austrian-Hungarian army, while the southern (Monte Piana, 2325m) by the Italians. The several trenches, bunkers and caves on the mountain are all the monuments of this period. There is an open-air museum at the top, which intends to introduce the history of the mountain.

Despite the flat top, the slopes of the mountain are rather steep. The only excuse is the southwestern side, from where a paved road ascends to the Bosi Refuge. The paths on other sides are steep, with some secured passages but all of them are well maintained and are passable for anyone.

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