Finally, after several weeks of hard work at the University I attend, I am free to take a well deserved vacation. Final destination: Cortina D'Ampezzo.
A long weekend of total relaxation, far away from loud parties, urban pollution and the daily routine, just me and my two friends, Enrico (who you'll be seeing more of next weekend in his new column Venice in the Sky) and Lilian, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Dolomites. Even if we are not in Rome, the DolceVita lifestyle follows us at 2000 meters height between one slice of cake and a hot chocolate at the mountain hut and the dangerous downhill slopes along the most adrenalinic trails.
Far from computers and televisions we are free to be stupefied and left speechless by the breathe-taking views, like the one we saw after a long, relaxing walk in the forest, or the one with the red of the sky reflected on the almost frozen waters of Auronzo lake.
As fun as it is, it can be tough, the cold I mean. Even the most high-tech ski jacket can’t keep the cold at bay forever and warm up the Mediterranean spirit of DolceVita. Ski gear, sweaters and boots are fine, but the nylon shorts in my luggage remind me we still have a chance to swim, even in the mountains.
After spending the morning skiing (and freezing) above the clouds, there is nothing more reinvigorating than a swim and a hot Jacuzzi bath: where, in this small corner of paradise, it almost feels like summer.
A large brazier in the middle of the room warms the body and soul. I can see the immense snowy landscape that surrounds us, a sensorial oxymoron that you don’t get to experience often in the city. I have to say,
though, that the pseudo-hermit life here is challenging our urban-animal instincts.
So, here we are in Cortina downtown, the solution to our problems: lights, people, boutiques and cafes. The perfect time to quickly look at the “Cooperativa di Cortina” and stroll along Corso Italia, but we are already inside, sipping hot chocolate while outside it started to snow...
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