On 26th June 2009 the Dolomites officially became a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
In the south of the Alps, the range of mountains situated between the Adige and Piave rivers and between the Val Pusteria and the Belluno valleys, is dominated by the mighty peaks of the Dolomites, the kingdom of the "pale mountains".
The landscape is electrifying and unforgettable; pale castles of rock rise up from the relatively untouched green fields and forests below where flowers and fresh water abound, picturesque alpine huts burnished over the centuries nestle in the valley and above all, there is an explosion of light that changes with the wanderings of the sun; from the flame red of dawn through the gentle violet and blue of the afternoon to the incomparable inflamed golden evenings (in the Ladin language this phenomenon is called enrosadira).
The Dolomites were formed 200 million years ago in the primeval oceans. Today they reach 3000 metres into the sky and take their name from the rock (dolomite) which is unique to this area. The term Dolomite is a gesture to its discoverer, the Marquis Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu who, during a trip to our mountains in 1788, took some rock samples and analysed them noting their chemical composition (calcium and magnesium carbonate).