The Dolomites are a mountain range in northeastern Italy, shared by the provinces of South Tyrol, Belluno and Trentino. They are part of the Southern Limestone Alps and receive their name from the rather lightish dolomite rock, which is why the Dolomites are sometimes also called „The Pale Mountains“. Since 2009, the Dolomites are declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and cover several nature parks. The highest mountain of the Dolomite Alps is the Marmolada with 3,343 meters but even better known are the three distinctive battlement-like peaks „Tre Cime di Lavaredo“, which means „Three Peaks of Lavaredo“ in Italian. The region is very popular for skiing and various summer activities, also including a tradition of free-climbing.