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Pristine beauty of Dolomites

Travel coverage Oct. 11, 2016, 7:05 a.m. Italy Dolomites 2016 Travel coverage
Amazing view from Forcella de Staunies, Cristallo group, near Cortina d'Ampezzo
By Joanna Dabrowska
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Joanna Dabrowska
Nickname: Little Bee
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What to change in the world?
Everything
Favorite activity
Mountain hiking
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Self-fulfilment
Wish trip
Norwegian Fjords
Coolest person ever existed?

" Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn ."

‚Äē John Muir, The Mountains of California

Dolomites are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe. The whole range is in Italy - Italians are lucky people!

Dolomites are especially loved by winter sports aficionados - these mountains provide fantastic skiing opportunities and guarantee lots of snow. But Dolomites are also great summer destination - in warm months Dolomites are amazing place for hikers and climbers (there's the most via ferrata trails in Europe).

There are also some interesting facts about Dolomites which many visitors aren't aware of:

  • "Dolomites" name¬†was created in XVIII century. Before that they had been called Monti Pallidi - Pale Mountains.
  • "Dolomites" name comes from French geologist D√©odat de Dolomitu. This guy discovered that these mountain stones aren't pure limestone -¬†they are mixture of calcium and magnesium ions. By the way, D√©odat de Dolomitu was amateur scientist and he learnt the basics of¬†geology... in prison (he¬†got himself jailed¬†for taking part in a duel). We may admire statue of D√©odat de Dolomitu¬†in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  • Unusually shaped stones and abundant flora and fauna made Dolomites part of UNESCO heritage¬†in 2009.
  • The¬†highest summit¬†is Marmolada (3342 metres). It's huge -¬†Marmolada's ridge consists of several peaks: Punta Penia (3343 metres), Punta Rocca (3309 metres), Punta Ombretta (3230 metres), Monte Serauta (3069 metres) and¬†Pizzo Serauta (3035 metres).
  • There's an indigenous¬†community living¬†in¬†Dolomites -¬†they're Ladin people. Unfortunately, it's a minority - there's only about 30 000 of people who can speak Ladin language, which is, by the way, official language taught in schools and used in everyday life. This language is nothing like Italian - e.x. Gardena Pass is called¬†Passo Gardena in Italian but Ladin people call it "Ju de Frara" (?!). The majority of Ladin people live in South Tyrol¬†and have their¬†cultural centre in Corvara village.
  • The best trails in the world - via ferratas - were firstly built in Dolomites.
  • Dolomites are built from fossilized coral reef from Tethys ocean which existed about 250 million years ago!

You can check below some other posts about Dolomites:

Ivano Dibona via ferrata

Misurina lake

Biking trail near Misurina

Giuseppe Olivieri via ferrata

Monte Piana

Ceria Merlone via ferrata

 

 

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