Clouds that suddenly appear not in the sky, but underfoot; the wind smelling of grasses and landscapes, from which the heart sinks. Both in winter and in summer, the Dolomites are equally magnificent. They are rightfully considered the most beautiful corner of beautiful Italy.

Someone is attracted by the Dolomites with ski slopes, someone wants to see with their own eyes the postcard views from the top of Tre Cime. The Dolomites look completely unrealistic in the sunrise and sunset rays of the sun. Locals are happy to tell travelers the legend that the Dolomites were once the rose bushes that sheltered the kingdom of the dwarves and their king. But once, when the ruler fled from his pursuers, the roses could not hide him. For this, the dwarf king cursed the flowers, saying that he did not want to see them day or night. But I forgot about sunrises and sunsets. And now here you can observe an unusual natural phenomenon – scarlet flashes on the peaks, like giant blossoming flowers.


The origin of the Dolomites

The Dolomites owe their name to the French geologist Deod de Dolomieu. It was he who discovered “dolomite” – a mineral later named after him, of which these mountains are composed. In fact, these are fossilized coral reefs that are hundreds of millions of years old. Subsequent tectonic shifts of the earth’s crust raised them to the surface, turning them into peaks, rocks, spiers and sheer walls of a characteristic light color. That is why the Dolomites are also called the “Pale Mountains”.

A bit of geography and history

The length of the Dolomites is about 150 km. The highest point is a mountain called Marmolada, its height is 3342 m above sea level. The mark of 3000 meters is exceeded by almost 2 dozen more peaks. The Dolomites run through the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Udine and Pordenone.

Due to the fact that for many centuries this territory remained very inaccessible, small towns and villages scattered in the mountains have preserved their original appearance to the maximum. Medieval castles and narrow cobblestone streets, houses, as if descended from the pages of a history textbook. Moreover, along with Italian and German, here, like several centuries ago, people use the Ladin language.

During the First World War, the front line passed through the Dolomites. Traces of explosions on rocks and multiple tunnels and labyrinths still remind of it.

Ski holidays in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are a true paradise for skiers. There are about fifty ski resorts concentrated here, an incredible number of slopes of various difficulty levels are equipped. There are even cross-country skiing trails here. Moreover, the 12 largest popular ski resorts have combined their ski areas into one giant complex – Dolomiti Superski. Thus, lovers of downhill skiing from all over the world received more than 1200 kilometers of trails and almost 500 lifts, where a single ski pass is valid. Moreover, the zones adjacent to the Sella massif – Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba and Val di Fassa, are also connected by cable cars and tracks. So you can move here without taking off your skis at all. Moreover, there are many ski schools, whose instructors will help to conquer the slopes for both adults and children.

Summer Holidays in the Dolomites

Summer holidays in the Dolomites will attract trekking enthusiasts, rock climbers, climbers, cyclists and just nature lovers. After all, an ordinary walk through these picturesque places will bring no less pleasure than conquering the ski slopes. Cozy houses, adhered to the slopes, clean air, fantastically beautiful landscapes.

Almost the entire territory of the Dolomites is covered by a network of hiking trails. They are so competently laid and marked that it is simply impossible to get lost here. And the absence of sharp changes in height makes them accessible to most tourists, there is no need to climb the stones or wade through the undergrowth.

One of these routes leads to the pearl of the Dolomites – Lake Braies. The water of the lake changes its color all the time: it is either azure, now it is emerald, and sometimes it is completely crystal-clear. For almost every tourist arriving in the Dolomites, Lake Braies is a must on the program. Therefore, it is better to plan a visit here in the early morning.

Horseback riding can be an alternative to walking. This is also a rather popular leisure activity here. In the Dolomites, there are 17,000 km of hiking and mountain trails, as well as about 600 km of bike paths.

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