The Dolomites, with their multitude of shapes and colours, very high towers which stand out against the sky, impressive walls and peaks full of crevasses enchant legendary mountaineers and world famous celebrities. The Eastern Alps mountain chain, 141,903 hectares of landscape which on June 26th 2009 in Sevilla, has been officially declared as world natural heritage by Unesco.
Rising from the depths of the primordial ocean 250 million years ago, the Dolomites were shaped by the relentless effects of water, wind and ice, which sculpted this natural masterpiece. Named for the geologist who first studied them, Déodat de Dolomieu, and protected by numerous parks, the Dolomites rise to an altitude of more than 3,000 m.
The best known peaks, such as Marmolada (3.342 m), Tofana di Rozes (3.225 m), Sassolungo (3.181 m), Three peaks of Lavaredo (2.999 m), are the centerpieces of one of the most charming mountain landscapes on the planet. From glorious scenic overlooks such as Sass Pordoi (2,950 m), Lagazuoi (2,800 m) and Forcella Staunies on Mount Cristallo (2,930 m), all reachable by cable car, you can look down and admire the charming shepherds' huts at the foot of soaring cliffs.
Winter sport lovers will have the chance to experience almost 1,200 km of best prepared slopes, divided into 12 ski areas, while nature addicts will enjoy unforgettable excursions amongst the most beautiful peaks. Actually the Dolomites are still featuring untouched landscapes, green pastures and an extraordinary pure nature. At sunset the Dolomites turn a fiery red, then change to violet before disappearing into the night. This is the "Enrosadira" - a phenomenon caused by the unusual chemical composition of dolomite - a natural spectacle that is beyond compare.
Places such as Alta Badia, known as the pearl of Dolomites, the impressive symmetry of the Sella range, the impressive Sassolungo and the green meadows which stretch over Mount Seceda and Mount Pana, will certainly find a special place in the heart of anyone who has been able to admire them.
..and for those who want to experiece the beauty of the wonderful mountains of Alta Badia, the Fanes Group offers the opportunity to book your stay at one of its several facilities. From the easygoing bed& breakfast to nice apartments, from the rustic refuge and alpine hut to the exclusive four star hotel.
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