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From the Cortina bus station, head up towards Tre Croci Pass-Misurina.
Having crossed the typical village of Alverà, an enchanting panorama will open up over the pastures, forests and clearings surrounded by the Ampezzo Dolomites: admire Pomagagnon and Cristallo on your left and Faloria on your right. Continue past Lago Scin Restaurant on your left and the lake of the same name on your right until the Rio Gere carpark.
Just a few more bends until you reach the peak of Tre Croci Pass (1,805 m) and the view over the Ampezzo Valley on one hand and Mount Sorapiss on the other is truly spectacular.
This pass has been part of the Giro d’Italia on various occasions, the first back in 1966.
Along the way, you will find an enchanting pasture and two refreshment points: Son Zuogo restaurant and Hotel Tre Croci. From here, a nice panoramic downhill stretch awaits, with views over the Sorapiss and the Marmarole.
Continue until the junction of Auronzo di Cadore and Misurina where you will turn left towards Misurina.
In just a few kilometres, you will reach the enchanting town with its magnificent lake, the largest natural basin in Cadore.
Admire the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks and Lake Misurina ahead of you, the Cadini to your right and the Cristallo and Popena to your left.
Once you have reached the crystal-clear lake, it is worth stopping to look back at the Sorapiss massif overlooking the enchanting alpine lake.
There are various places to stop for refreshments in Misurina before continuing the descent towards Carbonin. Continue along a pleasant hairpin descent towards Carbonin-Dobbiaco with views over Mount Cristallo to your left.
Once at Carbonin, turn left towards Cimabanche Pass – Cortina.
From the pass (1,529 m), you will have a fantastic view over Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo to your right before finding one last refreshment point at Chalet Passo Cimabanche.
From here, a pleasant panoramic descent of approximately 15 kilometres will bring you back to Cortina d’Ampezzo.