The Dolomites, listed by UNESCO on 26 June 2009 as a World Heritage Site, are a unique natural paradise with a landscape of incomparable beauty and a botanical and geological treasure trove. The Dolomites cover 142,000 hectares spread over the Italian regions of Alto Adige, Trentino, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia and, in particular, the five provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Udine and Pordenone.
A theatre of myth and legend these peaks have been the solitary guardians down through the ages of all the treasures that enchant those who visit this land. The Dolomites arouse unique feelings and emotions that everyone should enjoy at least once in their life.
Fabulous views, breath-taking landscapes, nature at its most luxuriant and bewitching, surround all those lovers of mountain life and sport in both summer and winter.
The Dolomites mountain chain takes its name from Déodat de Dolomieu, the French naturalist who made a special study of the rock christened Dolomite in his honour. The minerals contained in this rock give rise to the phenomenon of Alpenglow when, at sunrise and sunset the Dolomite peaks take on a reddish hue.
The communities that inhabit the Dolomites are accustomed to calling them the Pale Mountains, the name originating from one of the best loved and most romantic local legends. This tells how the Dolomites changed colour after the gnomes had woven the moonlight and covered all the rocks in it. Only in this way could the Prince of the Kingdom of the Dolomites and the Moon Princess live happily together without suffering any nostalgia for the mountains nor the brightness of the moonlight.