|The DOLOMITES - the most beautiful mountains of the world
Great climbers like the Viennese Paul Grohmann (1838-1908), the first to climb to the top of Tofana de Rozes near Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Sassolungo in Val Gardena and the Three Peaks of Lavaredo in the Sesto Dolomites, loved these mountains and wrote about them in numerous publications. The architect, actor, and movie director Luis Trenker (1892-1990), who was born in Ortisei at the foot of the incomparable Sassolungo, documented his passion for these mountains in numerous books and films, which became known worldwide. Thanks to Trenker, the rocky shapes of the Dolomites became known for the first time on an international level. Finally there is the legend, the "king of the eight-thousanders," Reinhold Messner. Since childhood he has loved the Dolomites. Messner has conquered all the highest mountains on the planet, but he always got a special attraction for the Dolomites: "They are not the highest, but they are certainly the most beautiful mountains around the world". Le Corbusier (Switzerland-France 1887-1965), perhaps the greatest contemporary architect, saw in the Dolomites "the most beautiful natural architecture worldwide".
The DOLOMITES - UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, maintains a worldwide list of protected natural paradises and cultural treasures that are considered to be of particular value to future generations. In recent years the organization has evaluated the candidacy of the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage Site. This effort has had the support of the five Italian provinces of Bolzano, Trento, Belluno, Udine and Pordenone, over whose territory the Dolomites extend, for a specific purpose: to obtain this prestigious recognition from UNESCO.
Now the Dolomites, with their famous peaks, including the Marmolada (3,342 m) which merits the title of "Queen of the Dolomites", will take their rightful place among the most beautiful mountains in the world.
VAL GARDENA and the ALPE DI SIUSI: a holiday paradise in UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
In winter a fairy-tale scenery in white and during the Summer, a unique variety of nature's beauty. In every season, the world of the Dolomites demonstrates its particular charm in an impressive beauty. The towns of Ortisei, S. Cristina and Selva Gardena (in all only 6 miles distance) not only offer beautiful nature, but also a wide variety of art and culture. Ortisei 1236 m, S. Cristina 1428 m and Selva Gardena 1563 m, is situated at a height of 1200 to 1700 meters above sea level. The alpine meadows and ski pistes rise up to 2518 m and the mountain peaks up to 3181 m.
Val Gardena is an international renowned region of ski and hiking sports. It is a holiday area for the active and athletic guest and a paradise for the nature lover, throughout the year. Val Gardena is aspire to a continuous advanced offer on services, hotels, uphill facilities, ski and alpine schools and international events. The ladin culture is through the spoken language, the woodcarving art and the traditions deep routed in the population of the valley. Val Gardena is the Dolomite-valley par excellence and the "pallid mountains" with their high peaks, steep rocks and breathtaking views are directly reachable from the villages.
The Alpe di Siusi, located in the heart of the Dolomites, is a part of the province of South Tyrol. With an area of more than 160 square km, it is Europe's largest high-altitude plateau. It consists of two communities, with the three main towns of Castelrotto, Siusi, and Fiè and their many integral villages. The local inhabitants of this region are unique, and proud of the diversity of their homeland, where time-honored traditions are still a part of daily life. The hospitality which you will enjoy here comes from the heart, and is part of the natural charm of this region and its people. The people who live here are in large measure responsible for the authentic and unmistakable character of the land.