Where: Garni Karin, Corvara in Badia, Italy
When: September 2012
Why: KC’s wanted to climb the Via Ferrata (“Iron Route”) through the Dolimites for a long time. I’ll ask him to make a Fia Ferrata post for beautiful photos, and maybe he’ll include some details for other climbers. Corvara has 3 of the routes within walking distance of the town.
How we found it: We surfed around for apartments in Corvara. Eventually we landed upon the webpage for the regional tourism office (http://www.altabadia.org/) and found both apartments through this valuable site. (Once we arrived, we also found a wonderful English-speaking office in Corvara and the organization also had unstaffed locations in all the other smaller towns. From 3-D models of the surrounding mountain ranges (helpful to Ken when planning his climbs) to well-organized walking maps and shopping/lodging guides in 6 languages, this organization is one of the best tourist helpers I’ve seen.)
How much: Beyond our planned budget but good for this area: 32 Euros per person per night.
General comments: Karin (like, it seems, most places in Corvara) has a gorgeous ultra-modern spa, open for 2 hours (5 – 7 pm daily), with steam and dry saunas, little fountains or bubbly pools for your feet, and a relaxation room. Wonderful! The hosts at Karin spoke enough English to help us get situated but not much more. The husband and wife (she’s the doctor at the school) live in one of the apartments and were very friendly .