Take a break from the frenzy of daily life that can sometimes be disorientating. Make time to take care of your body and soul. Breathe. Consider the sheer beauty of nature, treasure landscapes that will remain imprinted in your memory forever.
When the Dolomites come into view, you cannot help but feel in awe, experiencing a sense of marvel, gratitude and incredulity. 231 hectares of sublime beauty whose landscape is unrivalled around the world and is now a World Heritage Site. Its praises are sung in so many books, works of art and photographs.
The Dolomites, which emerged from the waters of an ancient prehistoric ocean, combine history and a unique geological condition to create a universal value that must be protected and enhanced. Rock faces that stand out against the sky, spires, pinnacles, towers and numerous summits above 3000 m are in sharp contrast to gentle, horizontal forms like plateaux, ledges, slopes and gorges as deep as 1500 m.
The natural habitats, biodiversity and variety of plants and flowers found at the foot of this “vertical world” are truly unique.
It is incredible to think that when we walk in the Dolomites, we are walking on top of prehistoric volcanoes and coral atolls which were once covered by the sea.
The Dolomite scenery is famous and unique throughout the world thanks to the Alpenglow, a spectacular natural phenomenon which tinges the rocks different colours depending on the time of day: orange, red and pink at dawn and dusk, yellow at midday and white in the moonlight.
Civetta (3218 m), the beautiful backdrop to the town of Alleghe, is one of the most famous mountains in the Dolomites and a popular destination for climbers from all over the world. Majestic and awe-inspiring, it is known as the “Kingdom of the sixth grade”. Its northwest face is referred to as the “Wall of walls” in climbing circles, with a difference in height of more than 1000 m and a length of about 4 km, between Cima Su Alto to the southwest and Torre Coldai to the northeast.
This awe-inspiring mountain in the shape of a throne is actually known in the local dialect as “el Caregón de ‘l Padreterno”, literally “The throne of the Eternal Father”. You can see a ridge with the “south shoulder” and the “east shoulder” from the southeast which are like armrests, with Valòn, an ancient glacial cirque, in the centre.
The mountain has two main massifs: Pelmo (3168 m) in the centre and Pelmetto (2990 m) towards the west, separated by a canyon. It is home to three Alpine refuges: the Venezia Refuge – Alba Maria De Luca (1947 m, to the east), the Città di Fiume Refuge (1918 m, to the northwest) and the Passo Staulanza Refuge (1766 m, to the west).