The Dolomites are a spectacular mountain range in northern Italy, which boast some of the most breathtaking winter scenery to be found in the world. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, their beauty derives from a spectacular array of vertical walls, deep valleys and soaring cliffs, as well as the pristine, snow covered vistas that entice so many visitors every year to experience a wide range of winter sport activities.
A Nature Lover’s Paradise
There are nine specific regions in the Dolomites, each with its own particular characteristics. Glacial landforms carved deep vistas in the landscape, and the area is also known for its abundance of fossils. The pale mountains form an ever present backdrop and are surrounded at ground level by an abundance of forests and meadows. It’s no wonder that the Dolomites are one of the most popular places to visit in the world for people who are looking to explore the natural beauty of our planet – whether they plan to participate in winter sports or are simply looking to relax and enjoy the unique scenery.
Winter Sports to Suit All Tastes
The Dolomites are exceptionally beautiful, but they do also afford the more daredevil traveller an opportunity to participate in activities which are a little more vigorous than simply enjoying the view. Winter sports are incredibly popular in these mountains, and there are many on offer. Skiing and snowboarding tend to be the most popular, with a range of courses to suit all abilities. Be warned though, the Dolomites may look idyllic but the temperatures here can drop fairly low and bad weather, though infrequent during peak season, may still occur. If you intend to participate in winter sports activities during your time in the Dolomites, it’s worth investing in some high quality cold weather gear before you travel. And for an outdoor look that’s hard to beat in fashion conscious Italy, an insulated body warmer will never go amiss.
Sample the Local Cuisine
Of course, a visit to the Dolomites just wouldn’t be complete without sampling the delectable local cuisine, which often includes such hearty staples as ravioli or dumplings. This hearty fare will fill you up and provide you with much needed fuel to stay warm and on your feet during a full day of coasting down the mountains or hiking the Dolomites’ magical valleys.