Guide

In this guide, you will learn more about what these mountains are, when it is best to go there, where to live, what to see, how to go hiking and engage in other sports from the local author, who has been living in the Dolomites for 7 years now.

Overview

The Dolomites are the beginning of the Alps, a mountain range up to 3340 meters high in northern Italy. They are also called Prealps.

The Dolomites lie between regions of northern Italy to the south, Slovenia to the east, Switzerland to the west, and Austria to the north.

These mountains are consistently included in the list of the most beautiful places on the planet, which should be visited at least once in a lifetime. The Dolomites have many unusual peaks and canyons that are not found anywhere else in the world.

But most importantly, they are able to “absorb” the light, thanks to the stone dolomite, and are colored in all warm colors at sunset, and at night they become “cold”. That is why they are called the Pale Mountains.

Unlike the Alps and other higher mountains, Dolomites are available for outdoor activities to everyone, not just climbers and experienced trekkers. It is a paradise for lovers of mountain hiking, summer, and winter outdoor activities, and photography. Both in summer and winter, the Dolomites are a mecca of sports and eco-tourism.

The culture of the local native people Ladins is also interesting.

The Dolomites have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. In 2026, the Dolomite Alps, Cortina di Ampezzo, will host the Winter Olympics for the second time.

Geography and classification

Geology

History of discovery

Name

Outdoors and active sports

Eco tourism

Flora and fauna

Native people Ladins

Languages

Climate, seasons and weather

Cities, towns and villages

Transportation

Main sights and attractions

Accommodation

Food and drinks

Environmental responsibility

Maps

Rules of navigation

Informational resources

Internet and Wi Fi

Safety rules

Gear

Souvenirs

Arts: books, movies, music, painting, architecture, crafts, design

Religion

Main events

Docs: visa, insurance, permits

Money, banks and prices

Cost of travel

Excursions and tours

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