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The history of the luxury hotel
Rosa Alpina Dolomites

The First World War

Between May 1915 and October 1917 the Dolomites were the stage of an exhausting war of attrition, the Italian and Austrian Armies fought out First World War battles in these mountains. The front split the Dolomites in two from Cima d'Asta past Cauriol, Passo Rolle, Passo San Pellegrino, Marmolada, Col di Lana, Passo Falzarego, Lagazuoi, Tofane, Cristallo, Tre Cime di Lavaredo all the way to Passo di Monte Croce Carnico.

One need only think of the two long winters spent on those peaks, one man against the other, more often than not separated by just a few metres. Suffering together, yet controlling one another and shooting at each other, each enduring the same cold and hardships. This terrible war, which saw many acts of true heroism, was fought out on and in these mountains.