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Dolomites

Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east.

The Dolomites are renowned for skiing in the winter months and mountain climbing, hiking, cycling (the Italian grand tour Giro d’Italia every year visits some passes of the mountain range), and BASE jumping, as well as paragliding and hang gliding. Free climbing has been a tradition since 1887 when 17-year-old Georg Winkler (1870-1888) soloed the first ascent of the pinnacle Die Vajolettürme. Unfortunately, Winkler was killed by an avalanche on the face of the Weisshorn (a major peak of the Alps and Switzerland) at the age of 18, in 1888.

The mountain range is also known as the “Pale Mountains”. They were named after the carbonate rock “dolomite”, a mineral which takes its name from 18th-century French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801), who was the first to describe the mineral. Dolomite is a common rock-forming mineral, a calcium magnesium carbonate with a chemical composition of CaMg(CO3)2.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Italian for “three peaks of Lavaredo”), are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The three peaks, from east to west, are: Cima Piccola / Kleine Zinne (“little peak”) Cima Grande / Große Zinne (“big peak”) Cima Ovest / Westliche Zinne (“western peak”). The Cima Grande has an elevation of 2,999 meters (9,839 ft). It stands between the Cima Piccola, at 2,857 meters (9,373 ft), and the Cima Ovest, at 2,973 meters (9,754 ft). Photo: Wikipedia

In August 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO web site:

“The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.”

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Dolomites Guide

Boasting spectacular scenery and distinctive alpine culture, the Dolomites is one of Italy’s finest gems. This dramatic region, characterized by its towering peaks, flower-studded alpine meadows, and pristine lakes, is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Europe, and with good reason. Although perhaps best known as Italy’s premier winter sports destination, the Dolomites has plenty to offer travelers in the summer season.

Hiking in the Dolomites is a bucket-list adventure, with jaw-dropping views around every corner. The drama of these craggy mountains provides the perfect backdrop for an epic hike, punctuated by mountain rifugios, serene lakes, and green alpine meadows. What’s more, this region has its own distinctive charm, a unique blend of Alpine traditions influenced by both Italian and Austrian cultures. You’ll find picture-perfect villages, fascinating history, and delicious food everywhere you go.

If you’re thinking of planning a hiking trip to the Dolomites, check out this Dolomites guide of the best trails together with some helpful hints and insider tips on how to make the most of your adventure.

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