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Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage

Welcome to the kingdom of the "Pale mountains", the most beautiful mountains in the world

Santa Croce_© Alta Badia - Paola Finali

The Dolomite mountains, located in the south of the main chain of the Alps, between Adige and Piave, between Val de Puster valley and the Bellunese region, are geopolitically divided between three Italian provinces: South Tyrol, Trento and Belluno.


Roughly 300 to 150 million years ago, all the present day continents formed one super-continent called Pangea.

Chapel at the Sas dla Crusc foothills with the magical alpenglow

250 million years ago, the region which we know today as the Alps was one part of Pangea and located further south, in the earth's tropical zone.
Until the ice age, the mountain range we call the Dolomites today, was formed from a giant coral reef located in the prehistoric Tethys Ocean. As this primordial sea subsided, majestic, bizarre, light-coloured rocks, quite unlike the surrounding mountains, rose up from the sea bed.

UNESCO World Heritage site since 2009

On 26th of June 2009, the Dolomites were put on the UNESCO list of the world's protected natural paradises and since then, officially rank among the most beautiful mountains in the world.

Alta Badia lies in the heart of the mountains, which the famous architect Le Corbusier declared to be “the most beautiful work of architecture in the world”. The Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park and the Puez-Odle Natural Park, both of which are situated in Alta Badia, are part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Scientists discovered at the end of the 18th century that the Dolomites, sometimes referred to as the "pale mountains", consist of magnesium-rich limestone. The Dolomites owe their present name to the geologist Déodat de Dolomieu, who carried out the first mineralogical-chemical analysis of the rocks.

The natural parks UNESCO World Heritage site

The nine mountain ranges of the Dolomites which belong to the UNESCO World Heritage site include the natural parks Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies which extend into Alta Badia.

Puez-Odle natural park

Puez-Odle natural park
Puez-Odle natural park

From a geological perspective, the Puez-Odle natural park is particularly interesting since all the rock strata typical for the Dolomites can be found here. Read more ...

Fanes-Senes-Braies natural park

Fanes-Senes-Braies natural park
Fanes-Senes-Braies natural park

The majority of the Fanes-Senes-Braies natural park's area is covered by mountain pastures and meadows which are characterised by a unique variety of plant life. Read more ...