Are the Dolomites the most beautiful mountains in the world?
Explore the crown jewels of the Alps on a Collett’s walking holiday in the Dolomites
With their explosive shapes and unique colours, the Dolomites are among the most spectacular mountains in the world. Without question, they are the crown jewels of the alpine range. At every turn you are stopped in your tracks by their sheer magnificence. A walking holiday amidst such natural splendour will be unforgettable.
We are certain you will share our appreciation of this breathtaking corner of alpine Europe. It is simultaneously idyllic and awesome. Vast and staggering peaks soar to the sky as if frozen in mid explosion, whilst the valleys below are punctuated by enchanting alpine flower pastures, woodland, traditional farmsteads, sleepy hamlets and picturesque Tyrolean villages.
Adventurous walkers and Via Ferrata enthusiasts crave the easy access to the dramatic rocky terrain of the high mountains, whilst strollers, flower enthusiasts and casual artists wallow in the undeniable beauty of the valleys. Whatever you do, it all happens against sensational backdrops, which will stay with you forever.
Unsurprisingly, some people come here with Collett’s purely to relax in the tranquillity of an alpine retreat, sitting with a good book in one of many vantage points and happy to be distracted at regular intervals by the amazing scenery that surrounds them.
The Dolomites lie in Italy’s northernmost region, the Trentino/South Tyrol, which borders Austria and Switzerland to the north. To the south are the alluring historical cities of Venice, Padua and Verona.
Millions of years ago, however, the Dolomites were under the sea. Geologists believe they were heaved up by great movements in the earth’s crust 50 million years ago when Europe and Africa collided. Since then the actions of ice and water have carved them into the overwhelming sculptural forms we see today.
More recently history has shaped the area. After the First World War, the area passed from Austria to Italy. Mussolini’s attempts to italianise the region were drastic but not entirely successful. The area now thrives on the harmonious co-existence of the Austrian and Italian cultures in a region where Latin meets Germanic.
Add to these cultures, the influence of a modern mountain-dwelling community with an enlightened, yet conservative approach to tourism and the result is a unique atmosphere of character and charm in a place, where there is lots to see and do. It all makes for the most idyllic and unforgettable walking holidays in the Alps’ crown jewels.