World Heritage calendar November image: The Dolomites (Italy)

The Dolomites


The dramatic, pale peaks of the Dolomites create spectacular scenery unlike anywhere on the planet. Here in the northern Italian Alps, nature has sculpted a mountain range with 18 peaks over 3,000 meters high contrasted by narrow, deep and long valleys and the highest limestone cliffs among in the world. But it is still a work in progress. Landslides, avalanches and other dynamic processes carve and reveal new and valuable geological and fossil records which tell a story as old as the mountains. The beauty and scientific value of this range continues to capture the imagination of countless geologists, travelers and artists.