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 areTESTIMONIALS
Isabelle Johnson has 15 years experience in creating, organising and leading small group walking holidays in Italy both for a top UK walking holiday company and independently. As an Oxford history graduate she has a special interest in the history of the Dolomites in general and of the First World War Dolomite Front in particular. She also has a passion for alpine flowers and has lived in the Dolomites for fifteen years.
Via Giau, 3 - 32040 Valle di Cadore (BL)
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Anna Vecellio del Monego
Born and raised in the area, Anna Vecellio del Monego knows the Dolomites, its footpaths and its hotels and restaurants intimately. She has wide ranging experience in organising and leading small group walking holidays with a top UK company and after many years working in hospitality and tourism in general she is now a really passionate holiday organiser 'insider'. A graduate of Verona University in languages and Tourism Management she has travelled and walked all over the world. She is currently a busy Deputy Mayor, looking after her home town. She is a certified Middle Mountain Guide of the Veneto Alpine Guide Association.
Via Valle Ansiei, 51 - 32041 Auronzo di Cadore (BL)
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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 Agenzia 3 CIME DOLOMITI - AGENZIA VIAGGI E SERVIZI, 3 C S.N.C. di Letizia Frigo Sampogna & C., Via Dante, 20, 32041 Auronzo di Cadore (BL) and use the Dolomite Treks name and site purely for visibility purposes.