Italian Dolomites now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Italian Dolomites make a first-rate trekking destination with an excellent network of paths, welcoming 'rifugi' (mountain huts) in stunning locations, and efficient public transport. Cicerone has long appreciated the Italian Dolomites and the UNESCO has now recognised them as a World Heritage site.

Trekking In The Italian Dolomites
Trekking in the Italian Dolomites

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The Italian Dolomites make a first-rate trekking destination with an excellent network of paths, welcoming 'rifugi' (mountain huts) in stunning locations, and efficient public transport. Cicerone has long appreciated the Italian Dolomites and the UNESCO has now recognised them as a World Heritage site.

The mountains of the Italian Dolomites are one of the latest natural sites to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, joining wonders such as the Galapagos Islands and Simien National Park in Ethiopia. Two natural sites were added to the list at the latest session – the other being the Wadden Sea (Germany / The Netherlands)

Dolomite native and famed mountaineer Reinhold Messner said ''A dream that has been long nurtured has come true,'' It has taken many years to happen, and organisations such as the CAI, the Italian Alpine Club and Mountain Wilderness have long supported the move for this recognition.

Italy now has 44 UNESCO sites including the historic centres of Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, Verona, Ferrara, Ravenna, Assisi, Urbino and San Gimignano; the Roman city of Pompeii; the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the Amalfi coast; the Cinque Terre region near Genoa; Puglia's 'trulli' buildings; Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli; the Greek temples at Agrigento; the Etruscan tombs at Cerveteri north of Rome; and the Milan church that houses Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. The Dolomites' victory means Italy consolidated its position at the top of the UNESCO rankings.

Further information:

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Cicerone guidebooks to the Dolomites include Walking in the Dolomites, Trekking in the Dolomites and Shorter Walks in the Dolomites, all by Gillian Price. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica. In 2009 she was elected as a councillor to the Venice branch of the Italian Alpine Club and is a member of Mountain Wilderness.

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