ITALY: Dolomites: Rosengarten / Catinaccio Group, Bolzano
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The Rosengarten/Catinaccio Group is an impressive mountain massif in the Dolomites, in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (South Tyrol) region of Italy, Europe. A visit to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (near vibrant Walther Square) in Bolzano lets you see an evocative reconstruction of the 5000-year-old Iceman (Ötzi) plus his actual frozen mummy. From Pera di Fassa village (in Pozza di Fassa comune) in Val di Fassa, we took a bus to stay in Rifugio Gardeccia Hutte (also accessible by lift plus 45 minute walk) situated in a spectacular natural amphitheater, where we hiked to inner reaches of the Rosengarten/Catinaccio Group. 200 million years ago, Triassic coral reefs fossilized into Dolomite. Collision of tectonic plates lifted the Dolomites within the Southern Limestone Alps. UNESCO honored the Dolomites as a natural World Heritage Site in 2009.