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Dolomites in Italy: UNESCO site for Adventure Seekers

Dolomites Italy 2009, view from Pordoi
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In 2009, UNESCO added the incredible snow-clad Dolomites to Italy’s World Heritage List to secure more rigorous defense and preservation of this pristine area. The Dolomites are characterized by frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The Dolomites are Italy’s most distinctive mountain range and were formed 200 million years ago from the primeval ocean. Their mineralized coral composition forms magical spires, pinnacles and rock walls. The mountains include 18 majestic peaks with interesting rock formations that are perfect for hiking, biking and skiing. The “Cinque Torri” rock formations include five towers that soar to heights of 7,762 feet. The majestic landscape, where heaven and earth converge, can be truly admired while traveling between Cortina d’Ampesso and Balsano.  “The mountains are named after the French geologist Dolomieu (1750-1801) who discovered their chemical composition.  They are composed of stratified calcium magnesium carbonate.  In the spring, 50 different orchid species blossom in the Alpine pastures followed by an explosion of vibrant orange mountain lilies that thrive on the cliffs.  At sunset, nature caresses the ancient cliffs with magical moonlit reflections on the water.”  Between 1915 and 1917 the Dolomites were the stage of WWI battles between Italian and Austrian troops. Unfortunately, the destructive battle scars from bombs and mines have adversely impacted this magnificent region. To learn more about Northern Italy read www.vino-con-vista.com Travel Guides and  

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