If you are looking for a holiday on the Dolomites, Livinallongo del Col di Lana is your best choice.
Only here you can relax in the mountains of the Bellunese, away from the stress of everyday life, hiking to get into shape, visiting the sites of the First World War, practicing sport fishing in summer on the Cordevole stream and Alpine skiing in winter on the ski runs of Arabba or the Marmolada massif.
The First World War left a deep scar on this land, a scar you can still see in the trenches, the ruins of the forts and the dry-stone walls. Eight-thousand men died on the Col di Lana, since then called Col di Sangue (Hill of Blood).
This mountain was chosen during the war for its strategic position: from there in fact you can see the peaks of Nuvolau, Sommamont and Forcelle, the Sella group and the Sass Picciéda mountain, the peaks of the Padon mountain range, the Civetta, the Pelmo and the Marmolada massif.
Today you can choose from many paths going up to the top of the mountain. Here you will find a big wood cross and a small votive church built from the ex soldiers of the First World War of Livinallongo, and feel like an old sentry, admiring the ruins of the trenches, barricades and tunnel entries.
Another path is the one starting and arriving at Palla, a small hamlet of the municipality, next to Pieve di Livinallongo. It is slightly steep, but not too difficult, and thus suitable also to less expert trekkers.
At the beginning of the path you find the private museum of Pian de La Lasta, always open in summer season, and along the way you can see the craters produced by mine explosions.
There is another interesting path starting from Palla and arriving to Teriol Ladin: it is a circular path around the mountain.