The most beautiful mountains in the world.
UNESCO was bewitched by the beauty of the Dolomites, as were the great poet Goethe, the writer Mario Rigoni Stern and the architect Le Corbusier. Sharp peaks, jagged ridges and unrivalled colours, which change during the course of the day. At sunset, the Dolomites light up with a fiery red, which turns to violet, before fading into night – the Enrosadira, a phenomenon enhanced by the special composition of the Dolomia rocks. An unparalleled natural spectacle.
Raised 250 million years ago from the depths of the primordial sea, the Dolomites have been shaped by the incessant erosion of water, wind and ice; the true sculptors of this natural work of art. Named in honour of their geological discoverer, Déodat de Dolomieu, and protected by numerous parks, the Dolomites rise to above 3,000 metres. The best known peaks, such as Marmolada (3,342 m), Tofana di Rozes (3,225 m), Sciliar (2,560 m), the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2,999 m), Catinaccio (3,000 m) and Latemar (2.700 m), Monte Pelmo (3,169 m) and the Pale di San Martino (3,192 m) are the centrepieces of one of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes on the planet. And that is clear from the conclusive report of the international committee of IUCN experts, who consider the Dolomites, with their geological and botanic treasures, unique in the world. From the most spectacular panoramic viewpoints such as Sass Pordoi (2,950 m), Lagazuoi (2,800 m) and Forcella Staunies on Monte Cristallo (2,930 m), all accessible by skilift or cable car, you can admire from on high the picturesque, snow-covered, alpine farmsteads at the foot of the sheer rock faces. Passionate skiers can ski from valley to valley, on 1,200 kilometres of ski pistes in 12 different ski areas in the heart of the Dolomites, Natural World Heritage Site.