Dolomites: Inside & Out

Here is everything you need to know about walking in the Dolomites. From the rich flora and fauna found in the mountains to their war legacy and must-visits, find out all about this stunning mountain range in Italy ahead of your walking trip to the Dolomites. Waymarking seen while walking in the Dolomites, Italy - UTracks active holidaysWay-marking seen while walking in the Dolomites,

:: what’s in a name

The nickname for the Dolomites is ‘Pale Mountains’, given to them because of their soft colour. Dolomite is a calcium-rich mineral that can form rock and is named after Frenchman Deodat de Dolomieu who discovered it. The mountains are actually a limestone and because in this part of Italy they contain dolomite, are known as dolomitic limestone mountains.

:: age & formation

The Dolomite mountains were formed more than 224 million years ago. The gigantic limestone mountains were formed 150 metres below sea level, but because of the movement of the earth’s surface were lifted to the level they now are.

:: flora & fauna

While walking in the Dolomites you can find deer, chamois and bears, which arrived via Slovenia. There’s also a large variety of birds, from sparrows to eagles. The woods that are part of the mountains are dominated by conifers, pines, larches and beech. Because the surface is great for mushrooms to grow, you can find this reflected in the regional cuisine.

:: climate when walking in the dolomites

The climate you’ll encounter while walking in the Dolomites is typically alpine and said to be one of the best for hiking in the region. In the summer temperatures reach a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and you can cool off in the shadow of the rich green woods and via the occasional breeze. Walking in the Dolomites, Italy with UTracks travelA group of walkers in the Italian Dolomites

:: war legacy

You may have heard of Via Ferrate before. This is the trail of protected paths that were created during the First World War. Back in the days, the paths were used to transport munition and supplies and today you can take them to enjoy impressive views of these high alps. Around Cortina you can find the remains of a railway track that can nowadays be hiked or biked.

:: must visit

In the open-air war museums at Cinque Torri you can learn more about the significance of the Dolomites mountains during several wars. In addition, the Dolomythos museum in San Candido Innichen shows a reconstruction of the formation of the Dolomites and talks about the area’s myths and legends. It is only in the last 150 years that the Dolomites have become a popular destination for hikers, climbers and skiers.

:: as seen in…

The Dolomites have been the setting for James Bond’s skiing scene in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ in 1981, hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, and were a favourite holiday destination for Audrey Hepburn. Earnest Hemingway based his semi-autobiographic novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’ on a stay in the Hotel de la Poste and the Dolomite Mountains. Walking in the Dolomites, Italy - UTracks active European holidaysTaking in the impressive views of the Dolomites together

:: suggestions for walking in the dolomites

:: and also…

  • The Dolomite Mountains are home to 18 peaks above 3,000 metres in an area of over 141,000 hectares.
  • When you decide on a walking holiday in the Dolomites, you hike in a region that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2009.
  • It is easy to reach the mountains by train from Venice.
  • Charming refuges (or rifugios in Italian) are scattered around the mountains, connecting the trails.
  For more information on these stunning mountains in Italy and walking in the Dolomites, please contact one of our travel experts around the world.
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