The Dolomites: Set Your Spirits Free
The Most Beautiful Work Of Architecture Ever Seen
The famous architect Le Corbusier called the Dolomites “the most beautiful work of architecture ever seen”. UNESCO has included these mountains among the World Heritage sites because they feature “some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys… Steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, glacial landforms and karst systems”. This enchanting world includes nine mountain ranges of the Eastern Alps, between Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Here the dominant culture is the Austrian one, which blends with the Italian tradition and the ancient Ladin culture, survived for centuries among these hard-to-reach valleys. The Austro-Italian city of Bolzano is the gateway to this region. With 18 peaks over 3000 meters, the Dolomites are an year-round destination. Do not miss the Three Peaks of Lavaredo in the summer and in winter the ski slopes of the Plan de Corones. To discover the heart of Ladin culture, visit the Val Gardena and the Alta Badia and to go hiking, do not miss the Siusi Alps, the largest European plateau. Explore mountain huts, quaint highland villages, gorgeous mountain biking trails, well-marked hiking trails, forests of fir trees, spectacular vie ferrate and fabulous mountain lakes. Enjoy Tyrolean cuisine, cheese fondues and herbal liqueurs. Enjoy the 1200 km of ski slopes in the Dolomiti Superski network, buy local handicrafts, especially wood, and drive along the Great Dolomites Road, one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramic streets. But especially take advantage of the place and breathe deeply, feel yourself part of nature and set you spirits free.