Photographer's Note

Sometimes also referred to as the 'Cinque Torri di Averau’ (Fünf Türme in German; ‘Five Towers’ in English), this is a small mountain range belonging to the Nuvolau group (which culminates at 2,647 m on Monte Averau), within the Dolomiti Ampezzane in the Northern Dolomites, just to the SW of Cortina.

As most of the mountain formations in the area, the Cinque Torri are also formed of Dolomite, characterized by the peculiar light grey colour that distinguishes it (even though there is also some variation to the palette – see below) from the other rocks. This small range is formed by five spurs from which it derives its name; the maximum altitude is 2,361 metres on the Torre Grande.

Each ‘tower’ has its own name:

The Torre Grande – the major one – presents three peaks, very much sought-after by rock climbers: Cima Nord, Cima Sud and Cima Ovest;

The Torre Seconda is also composed of three distinct peaks, known as Torre Lusy, Torre del Barancio and Torre Romana;

The Terza Torre, a.k.a. Torre Latina;

The Quarta Torre is formed by two distinct rock tooth of different height and size, for this reason respectively called Torre Quarta Bassa and Torre Quarta Alta;

The Quinta Torre, or Torre Inglese (below is an overview of the ‘Five Towers’ emerging from the surrounding plateau).

The are is very popular for climbing, skiing or snowshoeing and the scenery is spectacular especially when the weather is quite good.

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