Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage
Welcome to the kingdom of the "Pale mountains", the most beautiful mountains in the world
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.
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.
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.