A fabulous UNESCO World Heritage: a vacation in the Dolomites in Villabassa
South of the river Rienza, a wall of mountain giants rises, all of which have a very characteristic rock colouring. Those who spend plenty of time in the mountains, will surely recognize the often bizarre rock formations and abrupt transitions between gently rising pastures and suddenly towering peaks: these are unmistakably the Dolomites! In Villabassa, these striking mountains are right outside our front door – We promise you that an extensive vacation in the Dolomites will be a truly remarkable experience for every mountain lover.
Famous peaks between the rivers Rienza and Piave
The Dolomites belong to the Southern Limestone Alps and cut across the Italian provinces of Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. The Pusteria Valley forms a natural northern border; in the south, another river acts as a boundary line, the Piave. The rivers Isarco and Adige frame the Dolomites in the west, and in the east, there are the Sesto Valley and the Passo Croce. The highest mountain of this fascinating alpine landscape is the Marmolada with 3,342 m. Other highlights include the Catinaccio, the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, the Odle Peaks and the Sasso Lungo. During your holiday in the Dolomites you will live close to the Dolomites of Sesto and Braies and can climb the Monte Serla (2,378 m) and Picco di Vallandro (2,378 m).
A sonorous namesake
The distinctive white and greyish sedimentary rocks in these mountains are called “dolomite”, a term that comes from the Ladin language. During your vacation in the Dolomites you will see these rock formations at every turn. Often the peculiarly whitish mountains are also called Monti Pallidi (“pale mountains“). The Dolomites received their current name in the late 18th century by a French geologist who used their the ancient Ladin name. By pure (and beautiful) coincidence, the geologist was called Déodat de Dolomieu. Today the Dolomites are to a large extent a UNESCO World Heritage Site.