Colli Euganei, the range of vulcanic hills in the west of Padua, are one of the best sites where to find a large variety of orchids, but in autumn, like other places in Veneto, the area hosts just a blooming species: the Lady’s-tresses Orchid (Spiranthes spiralis). Continue reading “Last butterflies and orchids in the Colli Euganei”
To find a place where to spend half a day together with a no-naturalist girlfriend can be sometimes tricky. To visit the Colli Asolani, in the Treviso province, can be a good option, offering a very special wildlife side by side with very interesting touristical attractions like the palladian “Villa di Maser” or the gorgeous town of Asolo. Continue reading “The last orchids and the pretty Asolo”
The Cansiglio upland hosts one of the richest community of orchids in the North-eastern Italy, with more than 40 species reported, from the thermofil foothills to the alpine meadows of higher altitudes.
I’ve been there at the beginning of August, at the end of orchid blooming season,
I’ve been to the Valparola pass in order to look for the rare False orchid (Chamorchis alpina) and the very beautiful Silky ringlet (Erebia gorge), but I was surprised by the number of interesting other species I’ve found there!
The pass lies in Belluno province, inside the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Natural Park, and reaches the 2192m, connecting the Badia valley with the Falzarego pass and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
With 2,239 m of altitudes the Pordoi pass is one of the most known pass in the Dolomites (Dolomiti) and connects Arabba with the Val di Fassa. It is a typical climb of the “Giro d’Italia”, the famous Italian cyclism race, but can be also a great place where taste the best of alpine wildlife.
The beginning of summer is probably the best time of year to go there:
The group of mountains known with the name of Catinaccio in Italian and Rosengarten in German hosts some of the best scenaries of the Dolomites. The highest peak reaches the 3,002 m, but probably the most photogenic rocks are the Torri del Violet (2,821 m), 7 pinnacles of vertical dolomite. The area arround the range includes a number of valleys and slopes with screes, alpine meadows and conifer woodlands with an interesting biodiversity.
The “tilaventina” form of Common Bee-orchid (Ophrys apifera) is particular variety, usually defined as a “lusus” (= “joke” in Latin), that can be locally find only in Italy in few places of Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. I went to see them along the Piave riverbed, in Treviso province, where there are some very promising dry meadows. Continue reading “In the land of “tilaventina” Bee-orchid”