The mountainous chain of the Dolomites, sitting in the northeastern corner of Italy, is among the most beautiful in the world. They have recently been recognized from Unesco as a World Heritage site, sign of their exceptional beauty and importance of mineralogy and biology. Despite a growing influence of mass tourism, attracted not only by the beauty of the mountains but also from the many opportunities for relaxing, trekking, hiking and winter sports, the Ladins, indigenous people living in the rough valleys since centuries, are conserving these places in a great way, promoting a fair and green tourism. In only a few days trip around Val di Fassa I have been able to enjoy several different landscapes and adventures, trekking or cycling around some of the most beautiful corners of Europe. Wishing you a trip there I hope you’ll enjoy the picture album!
A summer view of the green landscapes of the Dolomites
Nature at tis best in the beautiful valleys
Sassopiatto and Sassolungo ranges
San Niccolò Valley, below the Marmolada Mountain range. leading to Val di Fassa
Some peaks of the Catinaccio range
Many areas are equipped with games for children on the plateaux; families are coming in mass here.
A great view of the Catinaccio range on a sunny summer day
Despite difficulties, people managed to build here and there huts;
Dolomites remains a favourite choices for hiking, for their perfect peaks.
The path leading down form the Vajolet towers toward Fassa valley
Mountains are considered "holy" places and often used as background for religious services.
Trekkers leave the most various marks on the territory; this one is left from three french trekkers.
Preuss and Vajolet Huts, welcoming trekkers for some rest at the feet of the Vajolet towers
Dolomitean flags (downward): Italy, Europe, Austria, Ladins (indigenous community) and CAI, the Italian Alpine Club
Very recogniseable landmarks for every trekker/hiker: the red/white sign marking the paths and the metallic helps on most difficult trekks
Another common feature on the peaks of the Dolomites is the instrument for measuring the speed of winds, to help helicopters using the landing sites like this one.
Re Alberto Hut, standing at the feet of the Vajolet group, Catinaccio range
A landmark sign from the land Authority found at 2.800 meters, in the three languages of the region: Italian, German and Ladin
Crosses are often found on the highest peak and are visible from far above. This one stands in the Catinaccio range, with view over the Sudtirol
Despite being mid-July snow is still present in some peaks making access difficult. In this case surrounding the Santner Hut, Catinaccio range
Astonishing view on the Sudtirol / Bozen province as seen from behind the Vajolet towers, in the Catinaccio range
Breathtaking breakfast on a peak near the Santner Hut
Rifugio Re Umberto, at the feet of the Vajolet towers
Vajolet towers in a sunny day, Catinaccio range
Vajolet towers are favourite destinations for hikers, can you spot them?
One of the various sites declared World Heritage from Unesco
Imagine waking up with this view of the Vajolet
The steep road across the gorge leading from Preuss Hut to Re Umberto Hut, well above 2.600 m
Beauty at its best in the Dolomites, even is some very harsh places.
Some trekks are great tests for vertigos
A sign with the difficulty of some trekks; in such harsh pkaces prevention is essential.
With so many different trekks and huts to reach there is always some new place to discover in the Dolomites.
A monument for indigenous habitants that lost their life on the mountains;
A representation of Fauna, the White Goddess managing animal life in the tradition
Modern Huts are places where you can enjoy rest and try local produce
Crisis is striking everywhere, despite mass tourism is reaching the top of the mountains. Here an abandoned Hut once used as bazaar - restaurant.
Some common souvenir, inspired by local traditions, displayed in a souvenir shop.
Ancient and modern fusions together to accomodate mass tourism: on the right a traditional house converted in souvenir shop and on the left a newly built hotel-restaurant.
On sunny summer days many people moves up from the valley to enjoy the fresher weather
The Ladin flag, representing the traditional indigenous people.
Sassopiatto and Sassolungo ranges from Catinaccio
The Catinaccio range near the Vajolet
In recent times many people simply reaches the plateaux just to enjoy the sun and the fresh air
Ciampedie, a traditional Hut in the Catinaccio range.
Habitants taking with great pride hospitality in the Huts; here is a lady serving in a traditional dress.
New fashion and traditional fress merges in this girls waiting for the moment to start a parade in Pozza di Fassa.
Women displaying their traditional dresses during a parade in Pozza di Fassa, near Canazei, Dolomites.
A traditional house paint with traditional figures from the Ladin culture in Pozza di Fassa.
Lights bordering roofs and balcons covered with colored flowers are traditions in the many villages in the valleys, like this one in Pozza di Fassa
Modern Huts are well furnished, well equipped homes providing rest, comfort to travellers
One of the many installations used both in summer and winter to connect valleys with higher peaks.
The lift from Pordoi pass to the peak
The view on a summer morning from the 2.950 meters of the Sass Pordoi
The view from "The Terrace" at the Sass Pordoi peak
Marmolada range covered in clouds as seen from the Pordoi peak
The peak at the Sass Pordoi group
Protesters write on an abandoned warehouse messages against the mass tourism
The cemetery of the German and Austrian soldiers died on the Dolomites during I st and II st World War
The road at the end of Fassa valley, leading to Pordoi pass; this is a favourite stage of the Italian cycling tour.
The monument to Fausto Coppi, the most famous Italian cyclist which built many of its successes at the Giro on these mountains.
With fresh climate and oxygenated atmosphere Dolomites are a favourite destination for many sports professional to prepare their sporting seasons. Here Fiorentina, playing in Italy's Serie A, is preparing the next season in Moena, Val di Fassa