The natural parks in the Dolomites are offering a huge programme of events this summer. For details, go to: www.dolomitiunesco.info.
The anti-COVID measures have led to a greater emphasis on outdoor activities. But even these have been subject to tight restrictions, and the Parks have had to adapt their educational activities, without giving them up them entirely. They range from more structured events, such as hikes, outdoor film screenings and shows, to activities that focus on little-known aspects of the landscape, the flora, fauna and geology of the area and its cultural and culinary traditions. These usually involve putting on your hiking boots and venturing into the best protected – and therefore wildest – parts of the Dolomites. However, precautions have had to be taken. In most cases, the number of participants has been reduced, repeat shifts have been arranged for the same guided walk, and advance booking has become mandatory.
How many UNESCO Dolomites parks are there?
There are ten parks within the UNESCO Heritage site: the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, the Dolomiti Ampezzane Natural Park, the Dolomiti Friulane Natural Park, the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, the Puez Odle Natural Park, the Sciliar-Catinaccio Natural Park, the Dolomiti di Sesto Natural Park, the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park, the Adamello Brenta Natural Park, and the Bletterbach Natural Monument. Almost all the land area covered by the nine UNESCO systems (about 95%) has protected status as a national, regional or provincial park, as a national monument or as a SCI/SPA.
Ph. Rifugio Galassi