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Dolomites

The Dolomites – The “pale” mountains.

The Dolomites in Südtirol – Alto Adige – South Tyrol are worth going on holiday for. Hiking and the Dolomite’s renowned Superski carousel. Just find the perfect hostel, hotel or farmhouse and your holiday can begin. The Dolomite’s weather guarantees a lot of sunny days both in winter and summer. The Rosengarten – Catinaccio, Sellagruppe – Gruppo Sella, Die Drei Zinnen – Tre Cime are just some of the must see spots of the Dolomites.

When daytime begins to make way for the first signs of the evening, this is when the spell takes place. Balanced between light and darkness, mothernature brushes all of its elements. The sign of an endless creation begins. The reflection of the moon hits the pale mountains while it awaits its meeting with the rising flames.

Dolomiten – Dolomiti - Dolomites –UNESCO World Heritage
Since June 2009 nine regions of the Dolomiten – Dolomiti  – Dolomites are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
“The nine mountain belts that make up the Dolomiten – Dolomiti  – Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage comprise a series of unique mountainous landscapes and exceptional natural beauty. The peeks reveal a variety of extraordinary sculptural shapes. These mountains, furthermore own internationally important values for earth science.

The undeniable beauty of the Dolomites derives from a variety of spectacular vertical shapes, like pinnacles, needles and towers. Some cliffs stand erect for more than one thousand five hundred metres and are some of the highest chalky cliffs in the world.
Here, the various extraordinary carbonate formations give a geological insight into the marine life during the Trias – Triassico - Triassic period, after the biggest extinction of the history of life on earth at the end of the Perm  - Permiano – Permian period.
The Dolomites reveal a vast selection of shapes connected to erosion, diastrophism and glaciation. The geological values especially the evidence of carbonate platforms of the Mesozoischen – Mesozoico – Mesozoic are extremely important, especially for the proof they give of the evolution of bioconstructors on the border between Triassic and Permian.
The breathtaking, majestic and colourful landscapes of the Dolomites have always attracted many visitors and have been a source of inspiration for many scientific and artistic interpretations.”
Source: Dr. David Vallazza, Hotel Teresa, St. Vigil (Enneberg) – San Vigilio (Marebbe).

Formation:
In comparison to other mountains the Dolomites seem lighter, more colourful, majestic and architectural. These colossal rocks formed nearly two million years ago, as on the sea beds hundreds of metres of sediment accumulated and their weight and loss of internal fluids transformed into rock. Subsequently, the clash of the European and African Plate made these rocks rise to over three-thousand metres above sea level.
The landscape of the Dolomites is angular and full of inclines, characterised by the sudden contrast between pastures and steep chalky cliffs. We owe the discovery of the chemical that creates such diverse landscapes to Déodat Tancrède Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801) member of the Institut de France and expert in mineralogy.

Many other valleys and regions are part of this unique natural paradise such as: ladinische Grödnertal – Val Gardena, Gadertal – Val Badia, Hochpustertal – Alta Val Pusteria, the Seiser Alm, Schlern, Rosengarten,  Latemar, Kronplatz – Alpe di Siusi, Scilliar, Catinaccio, Latemar, Plan de corones ski resorts.
The highest mountain of the Dolomites is the three thousand three hundred and forty two metre high Marmolata – Marmolada mountain in Trentino. Other well-known mountains that contribute in making the Dolomites a paradise are the Drei Zinnen in den Sextner Dolomiten – Tre cime di laveredo nelle Dolomiti di Sesto, the plateauförmige Bergstock Sella – Altopiano del Gruppo Sella, glühende Rosengarten – Catinaccio Rosseggiante, Schlern - Wahrzeichen Südtirols – Massiccio del Sciliar and the  Geislergruppe und die Langkofelgruppe – Gruppo delle Odle e del Sassolongo.

The region of the Dolomites in Südtirol – Alto Adige – South Tyrol is a dream come true for all passionate athletes. It is the perfect place for hiking and mountain biking in summer, it is also the ideal location for mountain climbing. In winter it is the perfect location for skiing, cross-country skiing and alpine-skiing.
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