The Fanes mountain group is well-known for the legends about the “Realm of the Fanes”.
The Fanes Group - Fanesgruppe in German and Gruppo di Fanes in Italian - east of the Val Badia valley stretches until the Braies Dolomites in the north-east and until the Cortina - Falzarego Pass - Livinallongo - Arabba - Campolongo Pass line in the south. Much of the impressive mountain group is located in South Tyrol and is part of the strongly protected Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park. A small part reaches also the neighbouring province of Belluno (Veneto).
Popular places in this area are the Armentara Meadows with the Holy Cross Pilgrimage Church (La Crusc). The central located Fanes High Plateau at more than 2,000 m a.s.l., however, was already mentioned in the 11th century as Uanna. Here the “Realm of the Fanes” is located, in Ladin “Le rëgn de Fanes”, with Dolasilla, king’s daughter and war heroine of the Ladin national epic.
This high plateau is surrounded by a gorgeous alpine world - Mt. Cima Dieci (3,026 m a.s.l.), Mt. Cima Nove (2,968 m a.s.l.), Mt. Sasso di Santa Croce (2,907 m a.s.l.), in the south-west Mt. Piz Varella (3,055 m a.s.l.) and Mt. Piz Conturines (3,064 m a.s.l.), its highest peak. In the south there are the three Fanis Peaks and the Monte Cavallo (2,911 m a.s.l.), and in the east the Monte Casale (2,898 m a.s.l.) at the border between South Tyrol and Belluno. Fantastic hikes proceed through the nature park and to the mountain huts in the area, like the Rif. Fanes or Rif. Lagazuoi.