Welcome to the Dolomites, one of the greatest natural scenarios in the world,
UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Come to visit the Dolomites, place for a perfect holiday, in winter as in summer.
The Dolomites comprise a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha.
It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.
The nine area of The Unesco Dolomites World Heritage protect a series of highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty.
Their dramatic vertical and pale coloured peaks in a variety of distinctive sculptural forms is extraordinary in a global context.
The sublime, monumental and colourful landscapes of the Dolomites have also long attracted hosts of travellers and a history of scientific and artistic interpretations of its values.
The Dolomites are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world.
Their intrinsic beauty derives from a variety of spectacular vertical forms such as pinnacles, spires and towers, with contrasting horizontal surfaces including ledges, crags and plateaux, all of which rise abruptly above extensive talus deposits and more gentle foothills.
A great diversity of colours is provided by the contrasts between the bare pale-coloured rock surfaces and the forests and meadows below.
The distinctive scenery of the Dolomites has become the archetype of a “dolomitic landscape”. Geologist pioneers were the first to be captured by the beauty of the mountains, and their writing and subsequent painting and photography further underline the aesthetic appeal of this area.
The Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature park is one of the real jewels of the Dolomites.
It consists of extraordinary territory with a variety of different landscapes and is geologically rich in flora and fauna. Here nature dominates the landscape: meadows and pastures interact with forests and crystal clear lakes under the watchful eyes of the majestic Dolomite mountains.
A real paradise where you can challenge yourself in any type of sporty activity. Hikes, fixed-aid climbs, climbing and mountain biking in summer, ski touring, snow shoe hiking and sledging in winter.
The park spreads across the municipalities of Badia and La Val in Alta Badia, Braies, Dobbiaco, Marebbe and Valdaora. The Dolomite high route no. 1 leads through the area.
The majority of Fanes-Senes-Braies natural park’s area is covered by mountain pastures and meadows which are characterised by a unique variety of plant life. Leopard’s bane, gentian, orchids, bistort and golden hawksbeard are commonly found. The vegetation zones range from mountain forests near the valleys to above 3,000 metres (9,842 ft). Fanes-Senes-Braies natura preserve’s fauna is representative for the Dolomites.
Especially the natural park’s part in the Alta Badia area offers some particularly interesting zones:
•the Armentara-meadows, a small but highly diverse area with an impressive variety of species:
•the Counturines cave: Up to today, the cave located at 2,800 m (9,186 ft) above sea level, is the highest bear cave in the world. In 1987, a bear’s fossilised bones, skull and teeth were found in this cave. Scientists discovered, that the remains belonged to a bear that had lived in the Austrian Alps around 50,000 years ago, called the Ladin bear (Ursus ladinicus);
•the Fanes high alpine pasture with its lithic amphitheatre known as the “Marmots’ Parliament” is the setting of one of the prettiest of Ladin legends, the fairy tale “The Empire of the Fanes“.