From pandemic to pandemonium?
A new balance is more than desirable. We wish it would be so. Last August, the Dolomites became the stage of an obscene number of gatherings. We need to change the way we act as tourists. We must become more aware, responsible and forward-looking. Naturally, vaccines are essential so we can leave the pandemic behind. However, we must also change our behaviours. Now more than ever, this is the best way to avoid the holidays, which we so deserve, become true chaos, and the Dolomites become the pandemonium of humanity.
IN AUGUST, OH DOLOMITES OF MINE, I RECOGNISE YOU NOT.
In the summer, the Dolomites are spectacular. But then why do crowds gather throughout the entire month of August when people must queue up on the mountain passes and in the cable cars, and the rumble of engines echoes through the valleys in the most irritating fashion? This is why you, dear cyclist, should not visit the Dolomites in August. Do not even think of wondering around the Sella. Rather, visit the Sardinian Dolomites, mountains much more ancient than ours. It is certainly more peaceful.
I SEEK SUMMER ALL YEAR ROUND.
And, suddenly, there it is, in concentrated form, throughout the month of August. Yet, instead of oleanders and baobabs, there are kilometres of queues down the steps towards the slopes. Not to mention the continuous rumbling of internal combustion engines that make the heads of our guests explode when they simply wanted some fresh air. And this is why you, dear climber, will never want to climb the Sella towers in August. You would never be able to hear your climbing mates over the noise pollution. Instead, go to the Dolomites in Belluno, which are just as beautiful and no less fascinating.
JULY, OH HOW I LOVE THEE.
If you truly love the Dolomites, do not think that August is your only option if you wish to spend a few days in genuine peace and quiet. Because, these days, between the traffic jams of cars along the roads, the rumble of motorbike and the long queues to the cable cars, peace is somewhat hard to find. This is why you, dear wanderer, will be sorry if you go to admire the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in August. Did you even know that those seven kilometres from Misurina to the Auronzo lodge are completely congested and will cost you 30 euros? If you like to exist within the pandemonium of humanity then, yes, please do come in August. But then do not think of complaining. Raining, is it? Do not even think of going to Brunico. Know that there is less chaos around the Trevi Fountain.
I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT GOING ON HOLIDAY
IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST SEEMED LIKE A MISTAKE.
Andrea Camilleri used to say that. And who can find fault with such a statement? For example, the beloved Dolomites become the stage to frenzied excursions of bikers taking corners. And along the legendary steps, it is quite normal to stumble across super luxurious vintage convertible sports cars, parked here and there. Not to mention the queues to the cable cars and the congested lodges. This is why, dear biker, if you want to organise a motorbike rally and spend the night with us, together with your cronies, you should know that we want none of your rallies and will not have any rooms for you at the Casa.
At the beginning of every summer, tracks designed to climb up the charts pop up like mushrooms. These are the classic summer hits that reach their peak in the month of August before vanishing like snow in the sun, when September arrives and life returns to normal. But, for years, in the Dolomites, we have witnessed one single summer hit that is played on repeat, always just as loud, in the same polluting bothersome fashion as ever. Its title: ‘Car traffic jams and attack of the motorbikes’. This is why, dear guest who wishes to visit the hamlets and travel to San Cassiano at five o’clock in the afternoon: if you like spending two hours stuck in your car then go ahead, we highly recommend it.
Ferie d'agosto, or August holidays, is the title of a lovely Italian comedy from a few decades ago, starring Sabrina Ferilli and Silvio Orlando. Everywhere you turn, beneath the parasols, you will hear laughs aplenty. But, around here, in the month of August, the same film is played on repeat and there is little to laugh about. The comedy bears the title Throngs on wheels, and features the favourite sport of actors in a traffic jam: revving their engines and tooting their horns. Dear guest, if you wish to see a different film set in the Dolomites, one with more authentic features, then come in June, July and September. Enjoy the film.
THE GREAT SAINT OF AUGUST.
In the month of August, the Dolomites is one of the most crowded stages where you can witness the infinite struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, sense and sensibility. Often and with utmost certainty, due to the congestion caused by drivers and bikers, 'tis the noisy diabolical darkness that wins every time. It would take a saint, such as a Berber from Thagaste, to solve the age-old riddle and give love back to the mountains. Or you could decide to come to these parts during the other summer months and get your fill of blessed light.