Angel Flight and Culinary Fancies at Castelmezzano, Dolomites

Pressed against the jagged monolith mountains of the Dolomites, Castelmezzano encaptures the very vision of an Italian hilltop village. Steep stone steps wrap around the village, the light bounces of the wind carved limestone cliffs and the winding road leading to the farms below seem precariously glued to the edge of the world. Crumbling castle ruins, streets that turn into tunnels and bright flowers peeking out from the cracks of thick stone turn this village into a living wonder.

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Summers in Castelmezzano are flushed in southern sunlight and peppered with the burst of fragrant flowers, yet in the winter the dusting of snow on the Dolomites and the blazing warm lights of the mountain houses turns the town into something straight out of a fairytale. There may not be many five star extravagances to find perched on the mountainside but there is a handful of charming apartments, B&B’s and small hotels offering stupendous views from every angle.

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One of the highlights that encourage bucket list adventurers to flock to this tiny town is the chance to take the Angels Flight. Suspended between the village of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa is a steel cable offering thrill seekers the chance to zip wire across the deep cut chasm to land safely in the neighboring village. The art of flying high between the mighty Dolomites is a rare opportunity to soak up incredible views and test your prowess.

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Yet for those who don’t want to spoil the peace that helps your spirits soar when entering the world of Castelmezzano there seems to be plenty to do without the need for throwing yourself off the top of cliffs. This area is famed for its delectable cured meats meaning that afternoons are best spent sighing happily in a traditional trattoria lingering over a platter of blushing cured meats and sipping a bold wine. Other regional specialties that are sure to tantalize the taste buds of travelers include silky sheep milk ricotta, sprigs of wild mint and fried dough drizzled with the sweetest golden honey.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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