[well]Dolomites Quick Facts
- Located in northeastern Italy
- Highest peak is 10,968 feet (3,343 m)
- Part of Southern Limestone Alps
The Dolomites are one of the most beautiful collection of mountains in all of Europe. The mountain range in northeastern Italy is part of the Southern Limestone Alps. A national park along with other regional parks protect the Dolomites, which have been established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The dolomite rock is a type of carbonate rock, which is what causes the unique characteristics of the mountains. The unique shape and color attributed to the mountain range and led them to historically be known as the “pale mountains.”
The Dolomites are traditionally split between the Western and Eastern Dolomites. The Val Badia – Campolongo Pass is what separates the two regions. There are actually 25 different ranges that make up the collective Dolomites.
Where are the Dolomites
The Dolomites are located in northeastern Italy. They extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. The boundaries are further defined from the Puster Valley in the north to the Sugana Valley on the southern border.
The Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino provinces account for the Dolomites equally between them.
Best Ways to See and Experience the Dolomites
There are several ways to engage and enjoy the Dolomites throughout the year. Skiing is the most popular activity during the winter, but this provides visitors with an exhilarating activity while also taking in the splendor the of the snow-covered mountains.
The summer months provide an opportunity for travelers and visitors to climb, hike, and cycle throughout the mountains. Base jumping and hang gliding are popular activities, which provide visitors with a birds-eye view of the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite ranges. Free climbing the mountains has been a popular activity since the late 1880s.
A unique experience is the staircase up Altopiano di Asiago and Cala del Sasso, which features 4,444 steps making it the world’s longest staircase.
Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park encompasses 77,865 acres (315.11 sq km) of the pristine wilderness. Leveraging the services of the national park is one of the best ways to discover and explore this wonder of nature.
Best Times to Explore Dolomites
The summer months of June through August are the best times to visit lake area. The majority of activities to explore the Dolomites occurs during these months. However the winter months bring the skiers and snowboarders to the mountain range.
The fall foliage combined with the incredible aesthetics of the mountains, makes the fall a great time for pictures and serene relaxing visitors around the region.
Dolomites Travel Tips
There are more travel tips on the Dolomites coming soon. If you represent a travel service in the area or the Italy Tourism Board, we welcome your insights and suggestions.