The Dolomites covers the northern area of Italy. Travel Guide
Travel GuideThe Dolomites
The Dolomites region covers the northern area of Italy close to the border with Austria. The five provinces belonging to this mountainous area are Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Udine and Pordenone. This mountain range, known as the Italian Alps, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. The region gained this name thanks to Déodat Dolomieu, who discovered and studied the geological properties of these mountains, also known as the Pale Mountains. The Dolomites offer a combination of panoramas and picture-postcard views, with mountains, forests, pastures and valleys that transform the landscapes and their colours throughout the year. The region has something to offer with every season. In autumn, marvel at the rich colours; in winter, you will be amazed at the mountains covered in snow and you can enjoy the activities and sports available; in the short summer and end of spring, make the most of the green hills and valleys to hike and breathe fresh air. The Dolomites are a favourite destination of those who prefer outdoor activities and heights, and so they attract many mountain climbers. The region’s pretty lakes, such as Lago di Sorapis and Lago di Misurina, are great locations for hiking or water sports during the summer, and for skating in the winter. Below the mountain peaks, rivers zig zag through the valleys and fields, dotted with quiet towns. Before the end of the First World War, most of the Dolomites region was part of Austria, which is why a large proportion of the population speaks German. These influences can also be seen in the excellent and distinctive local gastronomy. It is in the dishes that the multicultural roots can be noted, like knödeln (dumplings), for example.
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