Italy - The Dolomites
Where dramatic rock cliffs and majestic peaks meet enchanting, picturesque villages—the
Dolomites is a region of contrasts. The local Ladin population have clung to their
proud agricultural and craft heritage despite the pressures of modern life.
During World War I, the Dolomites were the theater of fierce battles between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies, and the scars are still visible.
Today the region is famous for its winter sports resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and Val Gardena
which host World Cup skiing races every year.
Stretching through the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano and Trento, the Dolomites are part of the Southern Limestone Alps.
With 18 peaks over 9,000 ft and more than 40 glaciers, the rangeis regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world.
Their sheer majesty hasinspired travelers and artists alike from all over the world.
In recognition of their natural beauty and
geomorphological importance, part of the Dolomites is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.