In the eastern part of the Northern Italian Alps, the Dolomites are widely regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. Especially with pale gray limestone color, sharp peaks and scary jagged rock clusters, they were formed about 200 million years ago.
It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2009.
With an area of 141,903 hectares and 18 peaks of over 3,000 meters, the ‘Dolomites’ stretches across three regions of Italy (Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol (South Tyrol) and Friuli Venezia Giulia). So not only to see these mountains that people go here, but also to immerse themselves in cliffs and meadows, valleys and villages, roads and rivers, creating a mountain symphony which is inimitable in northern Italy.
When to go to the Dolomites?
The relatively mild climate and natural beauty of the Dolomites make it a year-round tourist destination, so plan a Dolomites trip based on your own seasonal preferences. Some visitors prefer to travel to the Dolomites in the summer, between May and September, when the weather is pleasant warm and the mountains are vibrant and colorful. In early spring, when hibiscus flowers, alpine snowflakes and Daphne’s fragrant bushes bloom through the melting snow, equally beautiful. Winter, while cold, is unusually beautiful, and is an ideal time to climb the slopes.
Dolomites are often visited as a destination in winter, but in summer, the snow melts to reveal wild flowers and hiking trails, protected wildlife parks and sparkling lakes . Cuisine, combining both Italian and German heritage, made with local produce: Apples picked from the regional orchard, cheese produced from nearby grasslands and wine pressed from the garden local grapes.
Things not to be missed in the Dolomites
• Cruise on Il Burchiello, a luxury barge with excursions that stop at various Italian villas
• Relax in the natural hot tubs of Terme Merano
• Ride the world’s longest aerial cable car from Siusi to Compaccio
• Overcoming the slopes of Funivie Madonna di Campiglio; In the summer, the mountains have a number of hiking and mountain biking trails
• Join some cultures at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Rovereto or the Museo Archelogico dell’Alto Adige
• Bike ride through the stunning Brenta Riviera
Meet Ahmad – The Vital Educator. Ahmad is an entrepreneur, travel vlogger, podcaster and renowned educator. He has been to over 40 countries, documenting his experiences. He regularly speaks to professionals on his podcast about their life choices that allowed them to become successful in their careers. On his YouTube channel, he posts videos on his adventures around the globe and he discusses techniques to feel fulfilled and enriched in life. He shares his own experiences of traveling, self-discovery and self-realization that has led him to launch this venture.
During this year, due to COVID19, traveling to different countries was a difficult task. Yet, Ahmad made it his mission to travel to as many countries as possible. In doing so, he managed to go to Italy 5 times this year alone. Italy is typically known for its history and uniqueness of stunning cities like Milan, Venice and Rome but Ahmad was particularly mesmerised by the Italian Mountains, especially Dolomites. Along with Italy, he has also been to Jordan, Turkey and Brazil. Ahmad has made many videos in dolomites. Here is one of them:
In this video, Ahmad visited a beautiful place in the Dolomites called Lagazuoi, which is the one of the most panoramic mountains to trek in the entire Italian Alps region. Compared to the majestic Dolomite peaks all around, with an altitude of 2,835 meters, the Lagazuoi is a relatively low mountain and this is of advantage for the panoramic view. Once you reach the summit, you can admire the Dolomites from a privileged position: this mountain is high enough to offer a great panoramic expansion but not so high to minimize the imposing beauty of the surrounding peaks.
From here the Fanes group, the Tofane (3,244 m), the Cunturines (3,064 m), Mt. Antelao (3,264 m), Mt. Civetta (3,220 m), the Marmolada (3,343 m), the Sorapiss (3,205 m) and Mt. Pelmo reveals in all their magnificence.
Furthermore, thanks to the not excessive height, even untrained people can easily walk on an easy trail that leads up to the summit cross of Mt. Lagazuoi. Mount Lagazuoi is an open-air museum and it was a church, signified by the cross at the summit. In Ancient Greece and in many ancient religions the places of worship were built at a high elevation because people thought that the higher they could go, the closer they would be to God or to their deities. This custom was taken over by Christianity.
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