Lake near Mount Bernina, Italy
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Lake near Mount Bernina, Italy

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A: Svizzera - Diavolezza mt. 2.978

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B: Morteratsch and Pers Glacier from Diavolezza

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E: Carosello 3000

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G: Bellavita - Hotel room Schweizer Hof

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H: Livigno - Carosello 3000

by Miloslav Petrtýl, 13.2 km away

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I: View from Monte delle Forbici

by Claudio Bormolini, 13.2 km away

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