The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. The name “Dolomites” is derived from the famous French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu who was the first to describe the rock, dolomite, a type of carbonate rock which is responsible for the characteristic shapes and colour of these mountains; previously they were called the “pale mountains”. Within the mountain range is one national park and many other regional parks. In August 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 10 photos will show you just how stunning this place is.
Photo by, Geanina Bechea
The misty mountain tops of the Italian Dolomites.
Photo by, Olimpiu Pop
The Lavaredo Refuge on Aug 23, 2011 in the Dolomites Mountains.
Photo by, Vaclav Volrab
Dolomite peaks, Rosengarten,Val di Fassa, Italy Alps.
Photo by, Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH
This season the Dolomites were buried under meters of snowfall.
Photo by, Dan Breckwoldt
Summertime in the Dolomites.
Photo by, Pawel Kazmierczak
Cows grazing on green alpine field in La Villa village, Dolomites.
Photo by, Kletr
Cortina d’Ampezzo is the most charming ski resort in Italy. Cortina is also known as the “Regina delle Dolomiti” – Queen of the Dolomites – since it is in the heart of the wonderful Dolomites.
Photo by, Michele Alfieri
In the peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo there are a number of fortifications, man-made caves, and commemorative plaques from World War I.
Photo by, Mikadun
Sunsets over the pale rock in the Dolomites.