search on the ground for the Fanes' stronghold, with the decisive
help of Club
Speleologico Proteo of Vicenza and with the Camminare
sui Monti Society of Trieste
I insisted teasing everyone until I succeeded taking a handful
of clever people to assault the ledges of the Büsc da
Slü, on the Cunturines, in the hope to collect
archaeological evidence that the Fanes' stronghold really was
located up there.
was obviously perfectly aware that:
the Fanes might well never have existed;
- even if they did, their stronghold might have been placed elsewhere;
- even if it had just been there, erosion might have swept everything
indicated me those ledges anyway, why then not to go and see?
calculations were clearly wrong somewhere, as the most promising
ledges have been attained, but at a closer look they resulted
unsuitable to host and shelter any relevant number of people.
And, obviously, no traces of the Fanes have been found.
I'm thanking here the Club
Speleologico Proteo and the Camminare
sui Monti Society for their decisive contribution (I proved
unable even to get close myself); better, I'm apologyzing to them
for having wasted their time after what proved to be just a fancy
specially grateful to my friends of the Proteo, whose
generous, frank and open-minded availability made everything possible,
and together with whom we spent a few unforgettable days in a
wonderful area in an atmosphere of warm friendship and cooperation.
now? The chase for the stronghold is not officially closed yet
. We must think better and then, maybe, try again...
enclosing a few snapshots taken in the area.
on the images to enlarge (return with backspace; for maximum enlargement,
click on the box appearing at lower right after a while)
rifugio Fanes at the Alpe di Fanes piccola
Dal Molin and Francesco Coccimiglio (Club Speleologico Proteo
["Proteus" Caving Club] of Vicenza) in front of
the terrace at Rifugio Fanes
of the so-called "Marmots' Parliament"
at the Alpe di Fanes piccola
Lago Verde (Green Lake) , Alpe di Fanes piccola,
related to the legend of the bewitched mirror ("Donna
typical stonefield at the Alpe di Fanes piccola,
with a marmot
Furcia dai Fers, according to tradition the site of Fanes'
final battle and massacre, as seen from the Alpe di Fanes
Alpe di Fanes grande: on the way to the Büsc
wall of the
Piz Parom, interrupted by wide ledges with some rock
(photo C.S. Proteo - Vicenza)
of the ledges that have been investigated
C.S. Proteo - Vicenza)
C.S. Proteo - Vicenza)