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Visiting the Dolomites?

UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Learn all about the Dolomites, history, attractions and more.

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Visiting the Dolomites?

Why to visit the Dolomites? The Dolomites are a mountain range in the eastern Alps, and are part of the fifty Italian sites that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The recognition area covers 141,903 hectares of territory in three regions of Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia and five provinces of Trento, Bolzano, Belluno, Udine and Pordenone and includes eighteen peaks that rise above 3,000 meters. Read our post: Visiting the Dolomites? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


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Introduction

These mountains are an irresistible attraction for anyone who loves nature and heights. Over time, many words have been used to describe these mountains, but one thing is certain, the Dolomites are a paradise, a show of different environments with rocks, forests and pastures. Get to know a group tour from Venice with our partners! Click here!!!

1) Visiting the Dolomites? MOENA

Moena, for example, is one of those places, in the middle of the Dolomites. It is an important tourist destination in summer and winter, thanks to modern facilities that can satisfy even international tourists. Moena is dominated by the Gothic church of Saint Vigilius, from the bell tower and tower of the ancient church of St. Wolfgang, dating from 1000 A.D.

2) Visiting the Dolomites? THE FAMOUS TRIANGLE

Equally interesting are San Martino di Castrozza with Cortina d’Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio, which make up the most famous triangle of hotels in the Dolomites. The first hotel, in fact, dates back less than 100 years ago, when the area became a destination for explorers looking for breathtaking views.

Tourist Center

To welcome the most adventurous pilgrims, first of all, there was an old monastery that dates back to 1000, close to Rolle pass. From 900 onwards San Martino emerges as a tourist center, particularly after the period of reconstruction that took place after the Second World War. The city was built in a grassy valley, surrounded by a dense network of forests and offers visitors a truly exciting view of the Dolomites. Talking about the famous Madonna di Campiglio, attacked during the winter by tourists from all over the world, it offers modern and sufficient facilities to satisfy an increasing demand.

3) Visiting the Dolomites? VAL DI NON

Val di Non, located in Trentino, preserves the largest number of castles, ruins, some of which have been transformed into true museums. Among these, the Castle of Thun, in Cles, belonging to the Autonomous Province of Trentino, the Castle of San Michele, in Ossana, Castle Caldes and the Castle Andraz, which dates from the 11th century, and is the symbol of the territory of Belluno. In the Dolomites, the signal used to call the rescue is marked by the launch, every ten seconds, six times of an audible or visual signal, with pauses of one minute.

4) Visiting the Dolomites? LADIN

Ladin’s paradise and culture. Ladins are a people of ancient traditions, who nowadays seek to perpetuate and preserve their history with pride and dignity. They are part of a growing minority and today you can count on 55,000 Ladin, divided between the Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto.

About Ladin

Its spoken language is Ladin, with Rhaetian origin, a language that, after the Romans’ insedation in the Alps, was spoken in a vast area in the Alps, from present-day Switzerland to upper Lombardy. Ladin, whose ending comes from Latino, is a Romance language with its own slang, which over the centuries has developed a very strong intertwining with the neighboring languages of Italian, French and German. To fully appreciate and understand Ladin culture you can visit the Museo degli Usi, Costumi e Tradizioni (Museum of Uses, Customs and Traditions of the Ladin people), in Pieve di Livinallongo.

Visiting the Dolomites?
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How to get around the Dolomites?


How to get around the Dolomites? In Dolomites it is possible to get around easily, thanks to the presence of scenic routes to cross on foot or by bicycle, buses and lines of an efficient rail network that can take you wherever you want.

1) How to get around the Dolomites? BY BUS

Now see some options for getting around the Dolomites by bus. Venezia? Read this: Shuttle from Venice to Dolomite

Trentino Alto Adige

For internal trips, there is a great bus line that leaves mainly from Trento. You can take the Trentino Trasporti Esercizio Spa bus at Alto Adige or the Sad bus company in Bolzano. There are also private transport companies that offer trips in comfortable taxis, mini-buses and buses with vehicles equipped with every comfort; transfers to and from train stations, airports, hotels in Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme and the Dolomites; shuttle and ski; driver and rental of buses and minibuses.

Belluno

The bus company Dolomitibus is the company that works throughout the area, connecting large urban centers with ski resorts during the winter. The terminals are Feltre and Belluno. There are also taxis and buses that take you to Cortina and other cities in Alto Belluno.

Friuli

The Friulian Dolomites area can be reached via a daily service line that covers Trieste, Udine, Tolmezzo, Forni di Sopra, Auronzo-Calalzo, Pieve di Cadore, or by bus departing from Pordenone.

2) How to get around the Dolomites? BY TRAIN

Now see some options for getting around the Dolomites by train.

Trentino Alto Adige

The main stations are: Trento, Rovereto, Bolzano, Brixen, Sterzing and Brenner. The Trento line, Malè-Marilleva between Val di Non and Val di Sole. The railway infrastructure in the Trentino Alto Adige region covers a total of more than 360 km of lines and more than fifty stations.

Belluno

The most important stations are Feltre, Belluno and Calalzo, where there are taxis and buses that take you to Cortina and other cities in Alto Belluno.

Friuli

From Carnia, Pordenone, Sacile, Udine and Calalzo di Cadore stations you can take comfortable buses that run throughout the area.

3) How to get around the Dolomites? BY AIRPLANE

  • Trentino Alto Adige: the nearest airports are Marco Polo, 250 km away, and Linate and Malpensa, in Milan, 280 km away.
  • Belluno: although Belluno is equipped with a small airport, the largest airport would be Marco Polo, in Venice, 101 km away.
  • Friuli: The nearest airports are Ronchi dei Legionari in Trieste and Marco Polo, in Venice.
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4) How to get around the Dolomites? BY CAR

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Learn about the Dolomites

For those who like to travel and know everything about the place you are going to visit, be sure to read a little more about the Dolomites. Find out here Where to Stay in the Dolomites!

Origin of the Name and its Beauties

The Dolomites were named after the French geologist, Dieudonné Dolomieu, discovered the properties of dolomite, a region rich in dolomitic limestone, in this mountain range, which gives the mountains a certain color, white, which is why they are also called “ pale mountains ”, but especially at dawn and sunset, these rocks take on a color ranging from pink to fire red, a beautiful phenomenon to behold.

Due to the great beauty of the landscape, the great expanse of forests and the variety of trails to make beautiful walks, as well as mountain climbing options, the Dolomites are a region of great attraction; the tourist movement, which is the main economic resource of the inhabitants, is favored by an excellent network of roads and efficient accommodation facilities. Canazei, Ortisei, Selva di Val Gardena, Corvara, Dobbiaco, San Candido, Cortina d’Ampezzo, San Martino di Castrozza in Brenta, Madonna di Campiglio are health resorts, holiday resorts and winter sports among the most visited in the Europe.

World Natural Heritage

A place to live and enjoy. For its sublime beauty, the unique landscape and its geological and geomorphological resources, The Dolomites officially entered as part of the World Natural Heritage from June 26, 2009. Nine areas in five provinces, representing a total of 231,000 hectares that UNESCO recognized as exceptional universal value for all humanity, which must be preserved and passed on to future generations.

The smooth lines of the clearings, the sudden development of powerful vertical rock walls, the extraordinary variety of colors and geological importance, and geo-morphological naturalist, make the Dolomites the perfect destination for people who love sports, nature and relaxation. In each season these landscapes offer something unique and exciting, such as the awakening of nature in spring, the vitality of summer with the suggestion of climbing the mountains or simply walking in the valley, the rich colors of autumn or white winter in silence.

Activities in the Dolomites

What to do in the Dolomites? A good example of what is ideal for those who wish to spend their holidays in the mountains is to practice outdoor activities and sports, hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. These are pleasurable activities that can be done safely!

Art and culture

Among villages and cities full of splendor, the Dolomites are certainly a fantastic place to spend even a holiday between art and culture. Churches, museums and monuments will impress the most demanding traveler. Trips from one village to the next are among the favorite activities of those who really want to experience the beauty of the Dolomites and discover their extraordinary and enchanted places. The most convenient seasonal period for excursions is the one that coincides with the opening of shelters.

What to find in the Dolomites

Wherever you go, in the Dolomites, there is always something to be impressed; whether it is a mountain, a lake, a valley, here everything revolves around beauty, understood in its deepest sense. It is no accident that this vast mountain range has been a World Natural Heritage Site for years. The Dolomites are part of the East of the Italian Alps, including the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Vicenza, Verona, Udine and Pordenone.

In fact, there are the Dolomites of Brenta, in western Trentino, between the Valley of the Sun Rendena and Lavalle, with famous peaks such as Campanile Basso and Crozzon Brenta. There is also the Pale di San Martino group, in Primiero with Cimon della Pala, Vezzana, Sass Maor, Marmolada, Queen of the Dolomites, in other words, the peak and the largest glacial point in Val di Fassa also make up this sphere .

In Alto Adige, we find the rugged mountains, with the towers of Vajole, of the group of Longo Sasso and the Odle and Puez, between Val Gardena and Val di Funes; the Sela group between Pordoi and Passo Gardena. In the Province of Belluno, instead, we visit the Dolomites of Cortina and those of Cadore. As a place to visit, Moena is called the pearl of the Val di Fassa.

The Dolomites, as mentioned earlier, cover three regions. So it becomes too long and that text would be huge if it were to talk about everything they offer. That is why we describe in just a few lines just a few of the most attractive places in order to direct you to the best places on your trip.


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Conclusion

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