Fanes' places: the Croda Vanna (Sass dla Crusc)
of the mountains on the edge of the alpe
di Fanes piccola;
its main summit is also named Sasso
(Horse's Rock) (Ciaval,
m 2907) for the equally spaced vertical humidity strips that
simulate a horse's mane. Its awesome wall dominates Pedraces;
at its feet a place, sacred since immemorial times, is today
the site of a small abbey (Dlija
dla Santa Crusc)
with an annexed hut - hospice, open since 1718.
cliff, a part of the huge drop which abruptly terminates the
basin of the alpe di
Fanes piccola , is composed by thick layers
first climber to "officially"
top the Sasso Cavallo was P.Grohmann in 1860, but the
peak had certainly been already attained since undetermined
Vanna" is the Fanes' sacred mountain, linked to the
myth of the "variul de la flüta", i.e.
the Flame Vulture.
Very probably originally linked to the cult of deads, it later
became the memory pledge of the vanished people.
feet of the Croda
Vanna are also the site of a Middle-Ages legend, according
to which the lord of Brach (the "gran Bracun")
(Brach being an ancient manor in the valley: the "gran
Bracun" is a historical personage who lived in the XVIth
Century) slays a fearful dragon that had his den there.
visible from: the whole upper Badia valley
up to La Villa, Pralongià,
Photo: the top of Sasso Cavallo and the
awesome drop on the Badia valley
(photo Max - http://www.cemax.it)
the Dlija, m 2045, can be reached with an easy
walk from San Leonardo (2.5 hs.; may be shortened to 1/2
hs. by chairlift), or also from La Villa or San Cassiano,
among magnificent woods.
an alpinistic partially-aided path crosses the whole imposing
wall and reaches the highlands at the forcella dla
Crusc m 2612 (2 hs.; rock climbing difficulties).
From the saddle, the top of Sasso Cavallo can
be reached in 1 h. with no further difficulties. Alternatively,
one can walk down to the Lavarella hut, across
the whole alpe
di Fanes piccola.