Every year, mountaineers from all over the world take the challenge to mount each of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, while hikers explore the mystical world of the Dolomites around Fanes, Sella, Saslonch, and Odle, and enjoy the magnificent views of this spectacular mountain region, which, in 2009, became an official site of the UNESCO World Heritage.
The origin of the Dolomites
250 million years ago, the Adriatic plate and the Eurasian plate collided and pushed the coral reefs of the Tethys Ocean upwards. This is the geological explanation of the birth of the Dolomites, and the birth of some interesting rock formations with very different characteristics. The Sciliar and Sella massifs are shaped like table mountains, between the summits extend vast green plateaus and Alpine pastures. By contrast, there are jagged massifs such as the Three Peaks of Lavaredo and the Rosengarten massif. Some rocks are of volcanic origin and are thus more vulnerable to erosion and other changes.