The geological evolution of the Dolomites lasted for millennia but still has resonance today.

THE DOLOMITE ARCHIPELAGO

What makes the Dolomites so different from other mountain chains?

The answer lies in the rock whose name has been given to our make-up and skincare products. Dolomite rock comes from the ancient fossil reef and contains a large amount of organic elements: seaweed and molluscs from the Triassic period which encouraged and characterised the dolomitisation process.

The area which inspired Dolomia and its philosophy is actually an ancient archipelago of coral atolls.

Just like a pile of books about nature, the layers in the Dolomite rock reveal the delicate balance between the biosphere and geosphere over the past 300 million years. The pages of this “rock book” tell of the evolution of this ancient environment, which witnessed the birth of new life but also great destruction.

It is thanks to these momentous processes that today we can source very special active ingredients in the Dolomites and admire them in all their splendour.

WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The natural environment of the Dolomites is truly unique and that is why it was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. The Dolomites are a serial property with nine mountain groups covering five provinces (Belluno, Bolzano, Pordenone, Trento and Udine) which are closely linked as they are part of a single system.

The Belluno Dolomites are located in System 3, the most southerly of the areas protected by UNESCO. They contain the final chapters in the Dolomite saga and show evident signs of the fractures and shifts caused by Africa when it collided with Europe, thrusting the mountains upwards to create the Alps. This is why the landscape here is so different from other parts of the Dolomites. It is dominated by sheer vertical walls at the base of the mountains which contrast sharply with the deep valleys and peaks which are often made of young rocks which are less resistant to erosion and are therefore more rounded.