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Organizing your trip to the Dolomites depends on the days you have available and your preferences. If you are a sports and adventure lover, you cannot miss the trekking that we suggest below. If, on the other hand, you are fascinated by natural beauties, let yourself be amazed by the postcard lakes or by the breathtaking view from one of the many panoramic points. Are you a lover of good food? Then explore the cities and villages to savor the typical local dishes, perhaps accompanied by a good glass of wine.
Without a doubt the Must-See not to be missed are:
The endless mountains of Val di Funes
The colors of Lake Braies
The breathtaking view from the Seceda
The famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The legend of Lake Carezza
Visiting this destination at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. You can choose the ones you like best and create your own itinerary (if you have any questions, we are at your disposal!)
from TRENTO you can easily reach these places in a day, following the itinerary recommended here:
Castel Beseno - Rovereto - Marzadro - Arco
Riva del Garda - Cascate di Varone - Lago di Tenno - Canale di Tenno - Castel Toblino
Pergine Valsugana - Lago di Caldonazzo - Levico Terme - Borgo Valsugana
Andalo - Lago di Molveno - Dolomiti di Brenta - Castello di Stenico - Fiavè
Val di Non - Lago di Tovel - Castel Thun
and so on...
from BOLZANO you can easily reach these places in a day, following the itinerary recommended here:
Strada del Vino dell'Alto Adige - Lago di Caldaro - Castello di Salorno
Merano - Giardini di Trautmannsdorf - Castel Tirolo
Val d'Ega - Lago di Carezza - Val di Fassa - Passo Sella - Val Gardena
Bressanone - Abbazia di Novacella - Vipiteno
Lago di Resia - Glorenza - Castel Coira
Lago di Braies
Tre Cime di Lavaredo - Lago di Misurina
and so on...
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The BEST TREKKINGS and HIKING TRAILS in the DOLOMITES
All these routes can be done in spring and summer. In autumn it is good to bring warm clothing because the temperature at high altitude can drop quite a bit. In winter, always consult the opening of shelters and huts and the accessibility of the paths, as well as equip yourself with more technical clothing and equipment (thermal clothing, snowshoes, etc.). The routes we suggest are suitable for everyone and tested by us who are certainly not experts.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen
Certainly one of the most famous destinations in the Dolomites and one of our favorites for being the right mix between ease of the route and scenic beauty to admire. There are various trails in this area, including the ability to climb mountains, we present what we usually do.
How to Get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen
Once in the town of Misurina you have to reach the Auronzo Refuge (2,320 m), the starting point for the tour around the Three Peaks. There are two possibilities: by car, going up the toll road from Misurina to the parking lot of the refuge; or by bus from Misurina (or also from Dobbiaco), a definitely cheaper option.
Trekking at Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen
he main path (sign n ° 101) is the circular one around the Three Peaks which offers some of the best views of the Dolomites (duration: about three and a half hours). Starting from the Auronzo Refuge, take the path to the Lavaredo Refuge. A little further on we arrive at the most beautiful photographic point of this excursion, the Forcella Lavaredo. You can then return to the starting parking lot following the signs for Malga Lunga, or continue to the Locatelli Refuge (2,438 m), and finally follow the path n ° 105 to reach Malga Lunga up to the Auronzo Refuge.
Where to Eat at Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen
we recommend that you consider the timing of the loop tour, in order to arrive at the Locatelli Refuge for lunch time, and then return to the starting point in the afternoon.
A fantastic natural park immersed in the Val di Funes, one of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites (see the dedicated part below), where you can embark on a simple but equally beautiful trek to the Genova refuge.
When to Go to Puez Odle
This excursion is feasible both in summer and in winter. During the winter season, however, some shelters may be closed and in the last section it is necessary to use snowshoes.
How to Get to Puez Odle
It can be easily reached by car, exiting the Brenner motorway at Chiusa, continuing towards the village of Santa Maddalena in Val di Funes and following the signs for Malga Zannes where it is possible to park (for a fee and with limited spaces). Alternatively, leaving the car in Santa Maddalena, you can take advantage of a shuttle bus service to reach Malga Zannes. Shortly before arriving at the hut, slow down and look on the slope to your left if you can see any deer.
Trekking at Puez Odle
Various routes start from Malga Zannes. Among these we would like to remember The Nature Trail, a path entirely designed for the disabled. The excursion we prefer follows the SAT path n ° 32 which, starting from the Malga Zannes car park, reaches Malga Gampen through magnificent meadows and continues steeply towards the Genova Refuge, the highest point of this excursion (duration: approximately two hours). The descent is carried out from the same ascent route. Another more challenging path is that of Adolf Munkel, starting however from the Waldschenke car park in Ranui. In winter, a very fun alternative is the return by sled. If you don't have one, you can rent it at Malga Zannes or Malga Gampen. Fun is guaranteed!
Where to Eat or Sleep at Puez Odle
Malga Zannes (No overnight stay), Hotel Sass Rigais (25 beds), Hotel Zannes (9 beds), Restaurant Malga Gampen (4 beds), Rifugio Genova (50 beds). The dishes served at Gamben are really good. Beer and typical cold cuts are our favorite snack!
Torri del Vajolet
We propose an excursion for everyone (including children) to discover the Vajolet Towers, a set of mountain peaks that rise in the center of the Catinaccio Group. Also in this area the excursions are many.
When to Go to Torri del Vajolet
The refuges of this excursion are generally open from June to September / October while for the winter season only during some weekends; we advise you to check for any openings directly on the shelter sites.
How to get to Torri del Vajolet
Val di Fassa, in north-eastern Trentino, is easily accessible. Leaving the A22 Brennero motorway at the Ora / Egna tollbooth, following the SS48 towards Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa until you reach the village of Vigo di Fassa. Here starts the Catinaccio-Rosengarten cable car that takes us to the Ciampedie plateau and the homonymous refuge (1,997 m), which can also be reached on foot following the path no. 544 which starts from the town.
Trekking at Torri del Vajolet
The starting point of the excursion is the Ciampedie Refuge. Follow the path n ° 540 which in about 45 minutes walk through the woods along the Vajolet Valley leads to the Gardeccia Refuge. From here, taking path no. 546, continue for about an hour towards the Vajolet Refuge and the Preuss Refuge, one next to the other (2,243 m). The view from here on the Vajolet Towers is truly breathtaking. To go down to the valley, just retrace the way you went towards Ciampedie and from there return to Vigo di Fassa on foot or by cable car. For those who, on the other hand, want to continue beyond the Vajolet Refuge, following path no. 542, you will reach the Re Alberto I Refuge at 2,621 meters. Keep in mind that this is a more challenging route and that it takes another hour and a half of walking.
Where to Eat or Sleep at Torri del Vajolet
All the shelters we have listed offer the possibility of sleeping, some of them also have winter bivouacs. As for eating… well, let yourself be conquered by the typical dishes of Trentino cuisine offered in each refuge.
Passo San Pellegrino
This Pass connects Moena (Val di Fassa) to Falcade (Belluno).
How to Get to Passo San Pellegrino
The San Pellegrino Pass can be reached by exiting the Brennero motorway at the Egna tollbooth and continuing on the state road 48 in the direction of the Pass. If, on the other hand, you are coming from Veneto, exiting the A27 motorway at Belluno, continue on state road 203 in the direction of Agordo, and finally on state road 346.
Trekking at Passo San Pellegrino
The excursion starts near the Miralago hotel where you take path n ° 607. It is an extremely simple and almost entirely flat walk that in just under an hour crosses meadows dotted with barns and grazing cows, to reach the Fuciade Refuge (1982 m), our destination for lunch or a snack.
Where to Eat or Sleep at Passo San Pellegrino
At the Fuciade Refuge which also offers a fantastic transport service with snowmobile, snowmobile and even horse-drawn sleigh (for more info take a look at their site).
Welcome to the presence of the "queen of the Dolomites". In the area, the possibilities for excursions throughout the year are endless both from a cultural and a sporting point of view. We recommend the treks that start from Malga Ciapela in the municipality of Rocca Pietore (BL). Among the attractions of the area are not to be missed the Museum of the Great War (at 2950 meters above sea level) and the Serrai di Sottoguda, a canyon with impressive waterfalls along its walls.
How to Get to Marmolada
Once you have reached Belluno, continue and pass Lake Alleghe in the direction of Rocca Pietore. From here the road will take you directly to Malga Ciapela. If you are coming from Trento, follow the signs for Canazei (Val di Fassa) to continue along the SS641 to the malga.
Trekking at Marmolada
From the car park of Malga Ciapela, following the CAI 610 path, you will reach Malga Ombretta (1904 m) after about an hour's walk. Continuing for another two hours on the same path you reach the Falier Refuge (2074 m). For the more adventurous it is possible to continue further towards Cima de Ombreta (3011 m), but keep in mind that it still takes four hours to reach the goal. If, on the other hand, from Malga Ciapela you take the CAI 689 path, after an hour's walk you will arrive at Forca Rossa, a place linked to the Great War.
Where to Eat at Marmolada
it is possible to taste excellent local dishes of the Venetian tradition already at Malga Ciapela. Excellent dishes are also served at Rifugio Falier (try polenta and schiz).
Dolomiti del Brenta
To the west of the Adige lies the mountain group of the Brenta Dolomites, a real jewel in the crown of the Trentino Dolomites region. In this area we propose the Tour of the Five Lakes departing from Madonna di Campiglio in Val Rendena. Once again, this is an excursion suitable for everyone but very long (more than six hours) and in some places a bit steep.
How to Get to Brenta Dolomites
To reach Madonna di Campiglio arriving from the A22 Autostarada heading north, exit at Trento Sud and continue on the SS45bis towards Sarche / Madonna di Campiglio. Along the A4, on the other hand, exit at Brescia Est and follow for Lago d'Idro / Tione / Pinzolo / Madonna di Campiglio.
Trekking at Brenta Dolomites
The starting point of the Tour of the Five Lakes is the Patascoss Refuge, not far from Madonna di Campiglio where you can leave the car. For those who want to skip the first stretch (about two kilometers) it is possible to take the ski lift that leads to the 5 Laghi Refuge. From here, take path No. 232 to the first lake, the Twisted Lake. Then continue to Lake Lambin, Lake Serodoli and a little further on Lake Gelato. To reach the last lake, the Nambino, you have to take path n ° 266, a long descent that reaches the lake and the refuge of the same name. From here you continue to descend until you reach the starting point, the Patascoss Refuge.
Where to Eat at Brenta Dolomites
Along the way the only refreshment points are at the start (Patascoss Refuge), at the arrival of the cable car (5 Laghi Refuge) and at the last lake (Nambino Refuge). It is an excursion suitable for a nice packed lunch, perhaps to be consumed on the shores of one of the lakes.
One of the most beautiful peaks at 2500 m above the village of Ortisei. The first time we were there we fell in love with it.
How to Get to Seceda
Take the A22 - Autostrada del Brennero to the Chiusa exit and follow the signs for Val Gardena to the village of Ortisei where you will find a large parking lot to leave the car and take the Ortsiei - Furnes cable car and then the cable car Furnes - Seceda which will take you to Seceda 2500.
Trekking at Seceda
From the cable car station with a short walk you reach the viewpoint on the summit of Mount Seceda with a wonderful 360 degree view. The cost of the lift ticket (in our opinion a bit expensive) is amply repaid by the spectacle offered by the panorama. For those who do not want to stop, you can follow some paths, among these the n ° 1 which offers a panoramic view of the Odle. For the return there are two options: either to take the ski lifts to go back to the valley, or to continue on path no. 1 passing through the Troier Refuge and the Firenze Refuge, then take the no. 4 towards Col Raiser from which more than two hours you reach the Ortisei car park.
Where to Eat at Seceda
There is only the embarrassment of choice with all the Refuges that meet. We always opt for the Firenze Refuge.
Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm
Here we are in the largest alpine meadow in Europe, a plateau with a breathtaking view of the Dolomites. The area is located within the Sciliar-Catinaccio Natural Park and the activities that can be done here are numerous. Biking or hiking in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in the winter. This place is magnificent in all seasons.
How to Get to Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm
The easiest and fastest way to get there is along the A22 Brenner motorway to Chiusa / Val Gardena. From here just follow the signs for Siusi allo Sciliar. Once in Siusi, if you have a hotel on the Alpe, you can continue by car, otherwise you can take the cable car. For those who do not stay in one of the hotels it is also possible to access by car, but only before 9.00 in the morning. An excellent alternative is offered by the public transport service and shuttle bus.
Trekking at Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm
With over 450 km of trails, the Alpe di Siusi is able to satisfy every hiker. You can reach huts and mountain huts or embark on more challenging treks to the peaks. You can also participate in thematic trekking accompanied by alpine guides: from the observation of the local flora and fauna, to the discovery of the legends about the witches of the Sciliar, to the deepening of the geology of these mountains and many others. We recommend the very simple trek of about an hour and a half from Tires to reach the Völsegg viewpoint, following path no. 4 to the top. Alternatively, starting this time from Siusi allo Sciliar, you can embark on the famous trekking of the Veduta del Re, in memory of King Frederick Augustus of Saxony; a circular path through the woods, at the end of which a breathtaking view opens up.
Where to Eat and Sleep at Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm
There are many possibilities for refreshments or overnight stays in the Plateau, and every refuge or structure in the area is renowned for its excellent South Tyrolean cuisine.
Altopiano del Renon
Just above the city of Bolzano is this famous plateau, which has always been a holiday destination. The ancient railway line, built to connect the villages of the time, today represents a real attraction. The activities that can be carried out in this area are many: panoramic excursions at high altitude, the discovery of natural beauties such as the Earth Pyramids, the visit of the Beekeeping Museum or trekking with llamas.
How to Get to Altopiano del Renon
Once in Bolzano, just take the Renon cable car which in about ten minutes leads to Soprabolzano with a breathtaking view of the Catinaccio. From here you can continue with the famous Renon train up to Collalbo from where the Trekking that allows you to get to Corno del Renon. If you do not want to go up on foot, the alternative is to take bus line 166 from Collalbo to Pemmern, from where you can reach the Corno del Renon directly by cable car.
Trekking at Altopiano del Renon
Starting from Collalbo, follow path no. 1 to the viewpoint of Corno del Renon with its magnificent "Balcony on the Dolomites". By following the path n ° 24 in about forty minutes you will find yourself in front of the highest earth pyramids in Europe.
Where to Eat and Sleep at Altopiano del Renon
On the Renon plateau there are several restaurants and hotels. If, on the other hand, you go up the Corno del Renon, the only refreshment point is Schofstoll, near the gondola lift.
Passo Pordoi / Pordoi Pass
It is one of the four passes of the Strada delle Dolomiti and marks the border between the provinces of Trento and Belluno. Linked to the history of the Second World War, today it is an unmissable destination for mountain enthusiasts.
How to Get to Pordoi Pass
It is possible to reach Passo Pordoi both from Trentino Alto Adige (from Canazei) and from Veneto (from Arabba), following the SS48 road of the Dolomites. Once you arrive, you can leave your car in the large parking lot.
Trekking at Pordoi Pass
Undoubtedly the final destination of a visit to the pass is Sass Pordoi, the panoramic point at 2950m where the Maria Refuge is located, easily reachable by the cable car that leaves near the parking lot. Those who want to reach the summit on foot can follow the path n ° 627 with steep climbs. Once at the top, from the Maria Refuge you can continue to the famous Piz Boè along the CAI 638 path, passing by the Forcella Pordoi Refuge and arriving at the top, at the Capanna Fassa Refuge. However, it is a tiring path that requires skill and experience in some sections (with small via ferratas).
Where to Eat at Pordoi Pass
We highly recommend the panoramic restaurant of Sass Pordoi.
The MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES of the DOLOMITES
Lake Braies / Pragser Wildsee
You can't say you've been to South Tyrol if you haven't seen the legendary Lake Braies, the largest in the Dolomites. If in winter you will find it covered with ice and snow, in spring and summer it transforms and turns turquoise, a real marvel for the eyes. Once you arrive, you can decide to rent a boat and enjoy the lake by rowing towards the imposing mountains that frame the lake, or venture out on a one-hour trek that surrounds the lake.
How to Get to Lake Braies
You can arrive comfortably by car, but it is essential to consider the traffic problems. Due to the high influx of tourists, in fact, during the summer months, from July to September, the road from Ferrara-Prags to Lake Braies remains closed to traffic from 10 am to 3 pm. Before and after this time instead you can reach the car park next to the lake directly. If you leave your car in the town of Ferrara, Braies can be reached in three ways: walking along path no. 1 for about an hour and a half, taking the 442 bus or the shuttle service which connects the village of Monguelfo to Lake Braies
Lake Carezza / Karersee
Behind this uniquely colored lake lies the local legend of a nymph and a sorcerer. After falling in love with her and her song, and failing to conquer her, the sorcerer asked for help from a witch who advised him to disguise himself as a jewelry seller, to spread a rainbow from the Catinaccio to the Latemar, and then to go to Lake Carezza. , to attract the nymph and take her with him. He then stretched out the most beautiful rainbow ever between the two mountains and went to the lake, but forgot to dress up. The nymph was amazed in front of the rainbow colored with precious gems but she became aware of the presence of the magician and she disappeared forever in the waters of the lake. Destroyed by the pains of love, the sorcerer tore the rainbow from the sky, destroyed it in a thousand pieces and threw it into the lake.
How to Get to Lake Carezza
If you arrive by car, from the Brenner motorway, exit at Bolzano Nord and follow the signs for Val d'Ega (SS241). The lake is well signposted, once you arrive at your destination you will find a paid parking lot connected to Lake Carezza with an underground tunnel.
Lake Resia (Reschensee)
Located in Val Venosta it is famous for the bell tower that emerges from the water and is one of the favorite places for photography lovers. The area surrounding the lake is ideal for trekking, Nordic walking and jogging, as well as for sports such as kitesurfing. Only in winter, when the lake becomes frozen, can the bell tower still be reached on foot. But what is the story behind the famous bell tower? In 1950 a large dam was completed, and the three lakes (Resia, Curon and San Valentino alla Muta) were unified, causing the complete submergence of the ancient village of Curon which was moved further upstream.
How to Get to Lake Resia
along the A22 Brenner motorway, you have to exit at Bolzano Sud and continue towards Merano. From Merano follow the SS38 and then the SS40 towards Passo Resia. Once you arrive in Curon Venosta you will find a paid parking lot near the lake with limited spaces.
Located in Val di Non and in the Adamello Brenta park, the largest protected natural area in the region, the lake has always been known as the "red lake" due to the color of its waters due to the presence of a particular alga . All this no longer happens today, but the lake is still one of the postcard places in the area.
How to Get to Lake Tovel
Once in Trento, continue following the signs for Val di Non / Tuenno. Then follow the SP14 towards the lake. Alternatively, in spring and summer you can leave the car in Cles or Tuenno and continue with the shuttle bus.
A small lake formed by a landslide dating back to the year 1100. It stands out strongly for the intense turquoise color of its waters. From the lake starts a path that leads to the small village of Canale di Tenno, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where a truly fairytale Christmas market is held in winter.
How to Get to Lake Tenno
Starting from Riva del Garda, follow the SS240 towards Valle di Ledro / Lago di Tenno. If you are leaving from Trento, follow the Gardesana towards Arco / Riva del Garda. After Lake Toblino take the SS237 towards Tione di Trento. At Ponte Arche follow signs for Riva del Garda until you reach the lake parking area (for a fee). From here it is possible to reach the lake on foot.
The MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES of the DOLOMITES
Toblino Castle (Valle dei Laghi)
Along the Gardesana (SS45bis), a few kilometers from Trento in the famous Valle dei Laghi, this particular castle literally rises from the waters of the lake of the same name. Here you will find a truly elegant restaurant, with a romantic atmosphere and magnificent rooms. But watch your wallet!
Buonconsiglio Castle (Trento)
One of the emblems of the city of Trento famous for the Venetian Loggia and the cycle of frescoes of Torre Aquila, a true masterpiece of Gothic art that represents the courtly and peasant life of the Trent of the fourteenth century. It was also the residence of the bishops of Trento. Today the castle is also a museum and annually hosts highly successful exhibitions. Absolutely worth a visit. Entrance fee.
Presule Castle (Fié allo Sciliar)
Also known as Schloss Prösels, it is located in the Altopiano dello Scilliar and is one of the most picturesque castles in South Tyrol. Used for events and weddings (Simone wanted us to get married here), today it can be visited through guided tours. A visit to the historic courtyard, the famous knights room, the weapons room and the extraordinary ancient apartments is a must.
Beseno Castle (Besenello)
The largest fortified structure in Trentino Alto Adige, also visible from the Brenner motorway. Its position on the top of a hill dominates the Adige Valley. To reach it you can also follow a beautiful panoramic path. We recommend that you consult the opening hours before visiting the castle. Entrance fee.
Thun Castle (Val di Non)
Surrounded by colorful apple orchards, it offers a panoramic view over the entire valley. Today one of the few castles to keep the original furnishings. Unmissable stop if you decide to explore the Val di Non. Admission fee.
The MOST BEAUTIFUL VALLEYS of the DOLOMITES
The territory of the Dolomites is full of unique and wonderful valleys, it can almost be said that there is a valley at every corner. Here we present the five valleys that, in our opinion, you cannot miss.
Val di Funes / Villnösser Tal
Welcome to a fairytale landscape! Here the mountains that form the backdrop to one of the most beautiful valleys in South Tyrol. Admire the picturesque church of Santa Maddalena immersed in the green of the meadows. Whether it's winter or summer, you'll feel like you're inside a postcard.
A valley that offers many routes and attractions. Among these absolutely unmissable are the Castello di Pergine and Castel Ivano, the Natural Museum of Arte Sella and the Val dei Mocheni with the trekking towards Lake Erdemolo.
Val di Non
Valley rich in history and famous all over the world for its apples (Melinda is based here). It offers attractions for everyone, including Lake Tovel, the Sanctuary of San Romedio, Castel Thun, Lake Smeraldo, Mount Peller, Lake Tret, Canyon del Novella, Altaguardia Castle, Pradiei and Lake Coredo.
Val di Fassa / Fassa Valley
Today a land of myths and legends, one of the main tourist destinations in Trentino. Thanks to many of its attractions such as Sass Pordoi, Passo San Pellegrino, and Val de San Nicolò, it offers breathtaking views and fairytale landscapes.
Val Gardena / Gröden
Undisputed destination for lovers of skiing and trekking. Here you can find many mountain trails that lead to breathtaking peaks, while in winter, thanks to modern ski lifts you can reach the snow-covered slopes. This is where Passo Sella and Passo Gardena are located, the picturesque town of Ortisei and much more.
The MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES of the DOLOMITES
Our city! A little gem at the foot of the Dolomites and for us one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Piazza Duomo, the frescoed palaces of via Belenzani and the Buonconsiglio Castle are just some of the things you can admire. Take a look at the city from above by taking the cable car up to the panoramic terrace of Sardagna and do not miss the glacier and the tropical greenhouse of the Muse, one of the most important science museums in Europe.
The capital of South Tyrol surrounded by valleys and mountains.Walking through its streets you will feel like you are in Austria for the architecture, the German dialect and the typical cuisine. Sit in one of the many bars in Piazza Walther, perhaps tasting a good slice of Sacher. Don't miss the cathedral, Castel Mareccio, the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum and the Museion.
Elegant and regal. Stroll through the arcades of the center, treat yourself to a relaxing day at the Thermal Baths and admire the colors of the blossoming gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which was also the residence of Empress Sissi.
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A small and well-kept city in the Isarco river valley. Explore the pretty center, taste a slice of Strudel and taste the exceptional wines of the Abbazia di Novacella, not far from Bressanone.
In the province of Belluno, surrounded by the Dolomites and an emblem of luxury tourism. Over 1200 kilometers of ski slopes, breathtaking hikes and trendy clubs have made it internationally famous.
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The BEST VILLAGES of the DOLOMITES
Glorenza (in German Glurns)
The smallest municipality in South Tyrol. A medieval village in the Upper Venosta Valley surrounded by walls with ramparts.
Canale di Tenno
In our opinion this is the most beautiful village in Trentino! You will feel like you are in a medieval atmosphere with stone houses, narrow alleys and cobbled streets. It is located halfway between Lake Garda and the Alps and is now famous for the Christmas market and the Casa degli Artisti, a meeting place for artists from all over Europe.
Chiusa (in German Klausen)
Also known as the "city of artists", it is a small town in South Tyrol, in the Isarco Valley, characterized by colorful houses and narrow alleys, so much so that it conquered the famous painter Albrecht Dürer. Noteworthy is the Monastery of Sabiona which dominates the valley from the top of its promontory.
A real jewel of Trentino in Val Giudicarie, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Today it has become famous for one of the most beautiful and characteristic Christmas markets in the region.
Vipiteno (in German Sterzing)
Famous for the production of yogurt and dairy products (our favorites!), Today it is one of the most visited towns in South Tyrol, especially during the winter. Here you will also find the longest toboggan run in the area. In the surroundings, Castel Pietra, Castel Tasso and the Stanghe waterfalls are worth a visit.
The BEST SPA in the DOLOMITES
QC Terme Dolomiti (Val di Fassa - Pozza di Fassa)
Sensational spas in the heart of the Dolomites. Considered among the best spas in the entire area, with thermal pools, whirlpools, wellness programs and saunas. Excellent avant-garde structure where relaxation is the order of the day. We fell madly in love with the aperitif, in a bathrobe in front of a lit fireplace and with a breathtaking view of the Dolomites. The price is a tad high, but the experience totally pays off!
Merano Thermal Baths
Famous at a European level, the Thermal Baths have always been a destination for many wellness lovers and for tourists who visit the city of Merano during the Christmas Markets period. From spas to swimming pools, from steam rooms to personalized treatments, there is something for everyone. Although they are often very crowded, they have a very affordable price.
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Acquarena Terme of Bressanone
Welcome to the world of relaxation in a unique and spectacular architectural complex. Here you can enjoy two Finnish outdoor and one indoor saunas, a bio sauna, a herbal sauna, the salionarium, a steam bath and much more.
The BEST MUSEUMS of the DOLOMITES
Messner Mountain Museums
In total there are six museums dedicated to mountaineering and mountains (MMM Corones, MMM Ripa, MMM Firmian, MMM Dolomites, MMM Juval and MMM Ortles). What we prefer is at Plan de Corones, with sensational architecture, it seems to come out of the mountain.
Arte Sella (Borgo Valsugana)
An international exhibition of contemporary art, in the woods of the Sella Valley (Borgo Valsugana, Trento). Through the ArteNatura route, tourists can see the natural works and in the meantime enjoy the particular landscape of this area. Absolutely unmissable!
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto.
Trento Science Museum, designed by the famous Renzo Piano.
South Tyrol Museum of Archeology (Bozen)
South Tyrol Museum of Archeology with a permanent exhibition on the mummy of Ötzi / The Iceman.
The BEST EVENTS of the DOLOMITES
Christmas Markets (December)
Starting from the end of November, the Christmas Markets season begins throughout Trentino Alto Adige. From the most famous of the main cities, such as Trento and Bolzano, to the smallest in the valley towns. Soon we will publish a small guide to discovering these wonders of the Nordic tradition.
Sounds of the Dolomites (July)
Every summer, internationally renowned musicians reach uncontaminated places at high altitude, performing in extraordinary and unusual natural theaters.
Feste Vigiliane (Trento / June)
In conjunction with the patron saint of Trento (San Vigilio), these days of celebration fill the city with historical re-enactments, rafts along the Adige river and fireworks.
It is a celebration in remembrance of the ancient tradition of meeting at the end of autumn for the pressing of the grapes and the tasting of the "new" wine. Today all this translates into the opportunity to savor the food and wine offer of farms and taverns scattered throughout the territory, with the inevitable chestnuts.
Wine Cellar Night (June)
In the first days of June, a night of wine tasting and local specialties takes place along the South Tyrolean Wine Route.
WHERE TO STAY in the DOLOMITES?
BEST LGBT FRIENDLY HOTELS, CHALETS, VILLAS & APARTMENTS in the DOLOMITES
Where to sleep? It all depends on whether you prefer to stay closer to the city with typical but avant-garde facilities, or if you want to enjoy nature with a typical South Tyrolean Gasthaus. Among the multitude of special and fantastic structures that this area offers, we absolutely recommend that you try one of these:
San Genesio (BZ) - Vinum Hotel Saltus ****s
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Map'Hotel • VINUM HOTEL SALTUS
Sesto (BZ) - Caravan Park Sexten *****
Passo Tonale (TN) - Capanna Presena *** (Sleeping in a Sky Room or Igloo)
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Map'Hotel • CAPANNA PRESENA
Valdaora (BZ) - Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus ****
Bressanone / Brixen (BZ)- Vinum My Arbor - Plose Wellness Hotel
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