The Dolomites mountain chains in Veneto Italy are characterized by the presence of dolomite,that give the characteristic pink color, present mainly in the Veneto and neighboring regions of Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli. The Dolomites are named after the French naturalist Deodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801), who first studied the particular rock type predominates in the region, named in his honor dolomite, which consists primarily of (MgCa (CO3) 2) double carbonate calcium and magnesium.
The origin of the Dolomites goes back about 250 million years ago, when in warm and tropical seas began to sink hundreds of meters of sediment that are then transformed into rock.
Subsequently, the clash between the European plate and the African plate (Alpine orogeny) brought out these rocks raising them more than 3000 m above sea level.
The landscape is impressive, peaks of rock rising above the vegetation, which extends up to 2000 m.
Now the whole area has become a major tourist attraction, both for summer holidays, and for winter sports widely practiced.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is certainly the most famous village surrounded by a natural setting of mountains without equal.
Dolomites, Veneto Italy