A journey in the fossil archipelago
The official and most complete website for anyone wanting to explore the UNESCO Dolomites
Millions of people cannot be wrong – the Dolomites are the perfect remedy for the eyes, mind, spirit and heart and are the destination of choice every year for millions of people from all over the world who visit the UNESCO Natural Property in all seasons.
Now the most beautiful and envied fossil archipelago in the world has been given a new, more complete look, thanks to Visitdolomites.com. The website, available in three languages (Italian, English and German), will act as a compass to guide visitors as they explore the many cultural, natural, geological and climbing treasures – to name but a few – that the nine Dolomite Systems have to offer. Thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation has produced this new site in conjunction with the tourist boards of the provinces and regions in the Natural Property. Visitdolomites.com offers a wealth of information and involved Veneto Promozione and the Veneto Region, Trentino Marketing and the Autonomous Province of Trento, IDM – Südtirol and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Promoturismo FVG and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in the pursuit of a common goal: to create a single website illustrating everything the Dolomites World Heritage Site has to offer.
The website was developed as part of the Project of Excellence “The Dolomites World Heritage Site” and was coordinated by the Veneto Region. A working group made up of administrators and tourist boards worked together to jointly promote the UNESCO Dolomites WHS. Developing projects to enhance the Dolomites territory was the first objective of the Project of Excellence when it was set up in 2011.
In 2009, the Dolomites were inscribed on the prestigious Natural World Heritage List, thanks to the extraordinary beauty of the landscape and the outstanding geological importance they play in the history of the Earth.
Explore the Dolomites with TrekFinder
Visitors to Visitdolomites.com can now explore the nine Systems, which stretch from the Dolomiti di Brenta to the Dolomiti Friulane and from the Dolomiti di Sesto to the Vette Feltrine, thanks to Trek Finder. It allows “Dolomite navigators” to enjoy a virtual preview of the emotions they will experience firsthand when they actually visit the heart of the Dolomites fossil archipelago and they can plan their ideal itinerary in the UNESCO site, choosing from a large number of wonderful trails. After the virtual tour, the desire to visit this fantastic fossil archipelago is even stronger, because while virtual emotions give us an idea of what to expect, it is only a “taster” of the real beauty of the Dolomites. Now we can start planning our trip, thanks to the wealth of practical advice and information available for the first time ever on one website: Visitdolomites.com.
Parks, museums and high altitude: a treasure trove of emotions
Almost all the area that makes up the nine UNESCO systems (around 95%) is protected, as it is within national, regional or provincial parkland or has a national monument of SCI/SPA status. The Parks belonging to the UNESCO Property are: Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Natural Park, Dolomiti Friulane Natural Park, Fanes – Senes – Braies Natural Park, Puez – Odle Natural Park, Sciliar – Catinaccio Natural Park, Tre Cime Natural Park, Paneveggio – Pale di San Martino Natural Park, Adamello Brenta Natural Park and the Bletterbach Natural Monument. Thanks to Visitdolomites.com, visitors will find all the information they need to explore some of the most fascinating parks and protected areas in the world.
Learn more about the landscape, history and culture of the Dolomites, thanks to the testimonies, images and interactive exhibits in the museums in the fossil archipelago. They combine nature and culture, history and innovation, tradition and research, ethnography and folk culture, to show the many different aspects of the Dolomites. As visitors explore the displays, they will discover what makes the Dolomites so special. Visitdolomites.com is the first website to bring together many of the museums in the area and it accompanies visitors as they explore the geology, landscape, history and ethnography of this unique Alpine region.
The high-altitude Dolomites offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Walking panoramic paths listening to the sound of your own footsteps, enjoying the colours of the changing seasons and being enchanted by the sheer power of the natural surroundings is a unique experience. And Visitdolomites.com is the perfect place to start your high-altitude adventure. It provides information, contacts, suggestions and ideas for you to explore the Dolomites, starting for example with the refuges which help safeguard the territory and provide a warm welcome, great places to meet and make friends and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the UNESCO Heritage Site. Visitdolomites.com also accompanies you as you explore the panoramic balconies along the trails and provides you with information and directions for the Alte Vie (Alpine Trails), itineraries and panoramic circular tours. In a word, it is the best way to experience and explore firsthand the most loved mountains in the word, today all on one website.
The UNESCO Dolomites are a natural heritage site like no other on the planet; their value is universal and their outstanding natural beauty conveys deep emotions to whoever is lucky enough to experience it. The aim of the “Accessible Dolomites” project, which is funded by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, is to give visitors and residents alike firsthand experience of this extraordinary natural environment, irrespective of any disabilities they may have, making the most of the characteristics of the mountains which tend naturally towards sustainable accessibility.
On Visitdolomites.com visitors will soon be able to choose trails which best suit their needs so they can get out and enjoy the sublime beauty of the Dolomites.
Visitdolomites.com is a virtual home for all those citizens of the world who have left the Dolomites to seek their fortunes elsewhere, in the recent or more distant past. The Dolomites still have a magical hold over them. Many associations throughout the world maintain ties with their homeland and Visitdolomites.com helps people get in touch with them wherever they are, maintaining these ties and building bridges between the Dolomites and the rest of the world.
Visit Visitdolomites.com to discover the multimedia contents available and find out more about the projects and people involved in the UNESCO Dolomites fossil archipelago.