Dolomite Treks - The Dolomites

The Dolomites

Part of the Alps but with its own unique geology and landscape, the Dolomite mountains are best known for their spectacular spiky outlines, the startling colours of their rocks at sunset and the bucolic beauty of their flower filled meadows. This original and varied landscape in north eastern Italy has now been given UNESCO World Natural Heritage status.

We are based in the Eastern Dolomites, north east of Venice, centred around the towns of Pieve di Cadore, Auronzo di Cadore and Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Cadore, Comelico, Ampezzo and Pusteria Valleys at the heart of this uniquely varied meeting place of landscapes, geological forms and cultures.

The area is named after the dominant type of rock, Dolomite, a calcium-magnesium carbonate which is less water soluble than other sedimentary rocks and thus tends to erode into the dramatic spires and pinnacles which have made the Dolomites so famous.

Culturally speaking the Eastern Dolomites are a fascinating border region between the Germanic linguistic area to the north and the Italian speaking southern section with three different linguistic groups cohabiting – the German-speaking South Tyroleans, the Italian speaking residents of the Veneto and the Ladins, a linguistic minority group speaking a language based on the Latin spoken by the peoples of the area during and shortly after the Roman occupation of the Dolomites.

Until the early twentieth century the region’s history  was dominated by the Habsburg and Venetian empires which alternated in their control of the region, giving it the military importance typical of a border area (many beautiful Tyrolean castles and a great many nineteenth century forts have survived) and helping to shape the cultural identities of the various linguistic groups.

The rivalry between the Habsburg Austrians and the new Italian state had tragic but fascinating consequences in the early twentieth century when the area found itself on the front line in World War One.

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Breathtaking  flower-filled meadows and unusual varieties clinging to rock faces and scree slopes: a great range of habitats means an astonishing variety of flowers including numerous orchids, alpine snowbells, alpine pennycress, yellow Pyrenean poppies, alpine toadflax and dwarf alpenrose, various deep blue gentians, rock metzereon, rock jasmine and even possibly an edelweiss.

Animals you might catch a glimpse of include marmots, roe deer, chamois, ibex and a great many mountain choughs.

Dolomite Treks - Who we are

TESTIMONIALS

Dolomite Treks offers advice, local knowledge and expertise born of many years working in the field. Anna and Isabelle are not Alpine guides and any walking activities are entirely at your own risk.

Anna and Isabelle are freelance tour managers working through FUNActive Tours Travel Agency - Bahnhofstrasse 3, 39034 Toblach (BZ) - Via Stazione 3, 39034 Dobbiaco (BZ) - Tel. +39 0474 771210 - office@funactive.info - www.funactive.info - Funactive Tours GmbH | Srl - Von-Kurz-Strasse 25, 39039 Niederdorf (BZ) - Via Von Kurz 25, 39039 Villabassa (BZ) - VAT No. IT02622710214 and use the Dolomite Treks name and site for visibility purposes.