The Dolomites tower majestically to the south-east of the Adige river and Isarco valley. Called the "pale mountains" they glow like embers in the autumn sunset.
Formed from coral and chalk, nature has worked them to produce some of its most attractively bizzare architecture which has fired the imaginations of people since prehistoric times.
Not surprisingly they are shrouded in legends and fairytales and feature in many old folk songs. Nowhere else will you find so many nature reserves in such a small area.
Climbing in the legendary Dolomites, the best known and most spectacular mountains in the Alps, the realm of King Laurin.
The Dolomites are famous all over the world for their unique beauty. No other place can boast such contrasts between steep rocks and gentle grassy pastures. The Dolomites are like a rich archive of geological processes, which go from volcanoes and deserts to coral reefs and deep see basins through the different geological eras.
The evolution of fauna and flora from their origins, hundreds of million years ago, until today can be read here like in an illustrated book.
The majestic rocky towers of the Dolomites, with their bizarre and irregular shapes, are not to be missed, as well as the luxuriant vegetation of the green woods and the valleys, considered cultural patrimony of humanity. A land of fierce beauty and magic unlike anything you have seen before.
The Dolomites are made of hard rock, sculpted over the centuries. They represent a sensitive beauty that turns crimson as the sun goes down and sleeps in the peace of the night.
It is a beauty and a particularity which has been recognised with the status as a UNESCO World Heritage site (since 2009). This gift of nature is one to be admired but which also needs to be cared for and preserved for future generations.
The dolomites, a true spectacle of nature, have been working their unique and extraordinary magic on mountaineers, winter sport enthusiasts and artists and writers alike. The unique flora and fauna in the Puez-Odle Nature Park, nestled in the western Dolomites, is especially enticing.
The Dolomites are the one and truly Great Masters. Their magic has attracted visitors from all four corners of the world for centuries.
The Puez-Odle Nature Park, opened in 1978, became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2009 and is named after the summits of the Puez and Odle Groups. Countless visitors come to the Park every year for its suggestive mountain panorama, lush pastures and meadows and rich flora and fauna.
During the autumn season the larch yellows leafs seem to glow against the pink tinged, rocky walls come sunset. This phenomenon, known locally as "enrosadira", is a typical mountain occurance, which acquires a charm of its own in the Dolomites.
The path 24 encompasses the reserve of the Tessa mountains
The highest plateau in Europe, situated in the middle of the Dolomites
A quiet and sunny position at the foot of Gitschberg Mountain
Cycle paths, lake Caldaro and lake Monticolo, the castles