Italy's high alpine and most developed hiking regions are located in the north, close to the Alps. The most celebrated among these regions is undoubtedly the Dolomite Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent rock towers inspired legendary ascents by the likes of Luis Trenker and Reinhold Messner. South of the Alps, the Mediterranean influence characterizes the lifestyle of the regions. Characterized by the contrast between the Alpine ranges and Mediterranean wine landscapes as well as the backdrop of the world-famous Dolomites, South Tyrol is one of the most sought-after living spaces and one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe.