Italiaoutdoors Travel Guide

Dolomite Mountains of Italy

Italiaoutdoors guide to the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites (Italian: Dolomiti) are a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy. It considered to be a part of Southern Limestone Alps and extends from the Adige River in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The area most people hear about and that is presented as the Italian Dolomites are located between; the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Val Sugana). The Italian Dolomites are located in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region, and the Trentino-Alto Adige Region's, Trento Province (Trentino) and Bolzano Province (Alto Adige or Sud Tyrol). There are also mountain groups of similar geological structure that sit outside of this area that are considered Part of the Italian Dolomites. To the east of the Piave River, into the Friuli Venezia Region, are the Friuli Dolomites or Dolomiti d'Oltrepiave. On the Western side of the Adige River, still in the Trento Province, is The Brenta Dolomites (Dolomiti di Brenta). Also, there is a smaller group called Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites) located in the Vicenza Province. The Italian Dolomites are also called the “Monti Pallidi” in Italian, 'Pale Mountains', as their white rocks glow with golden, pink and purple hues at dawn and dusk. The mountains get their modern name from, Déodat de Dolomieu, a French naturalist who first studied and discovered the particular composition that forms their bedrock (double calcium carbonate), unique in the whole Alpine range.

Getting to the Dolomites

Mountain Groups of the Dolomites

Sesto Mountain Group

Nuvolau Group

Nuvolau Mountain Group Dolomites

Antelao Mountain Group

Brenta Mountain Group

Catinaccio Mountain Group

Civetta Mountain Group

Cristallo Mountain Group

Lagorai Mountain Group

Latemar Mountain Group

Marmolada Mountain Group

Pale di San Martino

Pelmo Mountain Group

Piccolo Dolomites

Puez Olde Mountain Group

Sassolungo Mountain Group

Schiara Mountain Group

Sella Mountain Group

Vette Feltre Group

What to do in the Dolomites

Hike Dolomites

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Vie Ferrate

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Bike Touring

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