The Catinaccio Group with the Cima Catinaccio is well-known for its Alpenglow and the legend of King Laurin and his rose garden.
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The Catinaccio, a mountain massif at the heart of the South Tyrolean and Trentino Dolomites, locates in between the Tires valley with its localities Tires and Nova Levante and the Val di Fassa in Trentino, some 20 km east of Bolzano, South Tyrol's capital city. The mild mountain region features a stunning panorama and numerous hiking trails and forest roads. The highest mountain is called Catinaccio d'Antermoia, featuring an altitude of 3,004 m. You might reach it when climbing up the via Ferrata starting near to Passo Principe.
Other stunning mountain peaks are the 2,981 m high Cima Catinaccio, the Cima Vajolet (2,749 m), the Vajolet Towers (2,813 m), the Croda di Re Laurino (2,813 m), the Roda di Vael (2,806 m) and the Masaré Towers (2,611 m). Since 2003, the area around the Catinaccio massif has been part of the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park. The Catinaccio is above all famous for the legend of King Laurin and his rose garden (Rosengarten, the German name of the mountain group, means rose garden). The Alpenglow, called "Enrosadira", is the red light seen on the mountains at sunset. The phenomenon is most often explained with a curse of King Laurin - the dwarf king forgot the transition from day to night...