The Belluno Pre-Alps are the ideal setting for walking with poles, more and more appreciated. Among breathtaking blooms, guided trails and picturesque landscapes
What to do at Easter - when you do not wake more (usually ...) but it is not yet time to short sleeves at high altitudes? Why not try Nordic walking in the paradise of daffodils loved by Dino Buzzati? Until recently, only cross-country skiers in abstinence did you see running around with sticks in the middle of summer. Today, however, more and more people are choosing this sport because it is accessible to all, affordable, relaxing. It allows you to discover different places by now inflated destinations, places to which tourists usually - but also local - little attention.
The foothills of the Alps of Belluno are ideal for Nordic walking. Mountains are sweet, compared to the Dolomites. Perfect mountains in autumn and spring, when there is no longer high enough snow, or there is too much. If it's hot now, but not quite, not yet - late April, early May: depends vintages - should plan a walk in the paradise of daffodils. The slopes between Belluno and Feltre in the spring are colored white: as the fish in Japan, so for a couple of weeks the meadows above the centers of Limana, Lentiai and Mel crazy daffodils.
Nordic Walking is walking with poles. The rackets, however, are different from those used in the mountains: they are a bit 'more low and light, with the grip and the thin strap ensure your wrist. We need to push, not to lean: the step is extended, a part of the weight is loaded on the stick, as compared to normal walking over to the legs also work the muscles of the torso and arms. "If you make an hour drive sustained six thousand steps - says Luciana Tormen, Nordic walking instructor of Belluno, the agency AIT Confindustria Belluno Dolomites - Nordic walking are also made six thousand movements of arms. It seems simple: it is hard, however, and will consume a lot of calories. The technique is easy to learn, but it should be taught: too many times I see people walking around with sticks and do not even realize that they are not absolutely doing Nordic walking. "
In Veneto there is a circuit dedicated to Nordic walking, Veneto Top Walk: 16 signposted routes in mid-mountain, from Alleghe Asiago. Many of these trails are located in the province of Belluno. Instead of climbing Auronzo or Falcade, in the spring it makes sense to take advantage of the blooms and the warmer climate of "small mountains" Belluno: Nevegal (the path of ridges, for the most trained, it is wonderful when the sky is clear you can see up the lagoon of Venice); the hills of Valmorel, sung with affectionate irony by Dino Buzzati; meadows Zumelle - there is also a beautiful castle, the only one still intact in the province of Belluno - and those Modolo, just above the center of Belluno; the paradise of daffodils between Zelant and Praderadego, in the municipality of Mel. The paths are infinite, to tell the truth: "We live in a paradise, we are immersed - Luciana Tormen confirmation - in a beautiful natural gym. Nordic walking is easy, just take the sticks and start walking: better on dirt than asphalt, better on the flat, uphill, but then each may choose the path that best suits their workout and its needs " .
By doing Nordic walking you can enjoy the landscape: the gentle slopes of the foothills of the Alps, the sharp profiles of the Belluno Dolomites, the Feltrine peaks against the blue sky clear. And then the scents of spring, the hum of insects, the soft step on the new lawns. Nordic Walking is a great workout for those who already practice sport or for those who usually prefer to fatigue and naps in hammocks. The foothills of the Alps of Belluno are a great scenario: not too steep, never boring, close to the towns, but out of the confusion. In a round, and the other, it is advisable to lengthen the grass and browse "The miracles of Val Morel" by Dino Buzzati, that of Belluno and its valley wrote: "They have a special personality that gives an enchanting atmosphere (.. .) because in Valbelluna there is a wonderful and almost incredible fusion between the world and the world of Venice of the North ".
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