The site contains the sights of the Dolomites - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in the Dolomites, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of the Dolomites.
Mount Civetta is the beautiful peak of the Dolomites in northern Italy. The name of the mountain is translated from Italian as "owl". The history of the origin of the name is unknown, however, at the resorts of Civetta you will be offered many souvenirs with the image of this bird.
The height of the mountain is three thousand two hundred eighteen meters above sea level. The northwestern slope of the mountain breaks off with a magnificent sheer wall, reminiscent of the bastions of a gigantic castle and has become one of the symbols of the Dolomites. The height of the wall is one thousand two hundred meters, and the length is more than three kilometers.
On the slopes of Civetta is the ski resort of the same name, offering visitors more than fifty slopes with a total length of about eighty kilometers. Four tracks are really difficult, the rest are of medium and easy difficulty. There are many lifts of all possible types on the slopes. The resort operates from early December to early March, but in the summer months the mountain attracts many tourists who want to climb its slopes.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the most famous and fashionable ski resorts in Italy, the venue for the first skiing competitions in the country and the capital of the 1956 Winter Olympics, in which, by the way, the USSR team took part for the first time. The city is located in a natural mountain bowl of the Boite Valley, on the eastern slopes of the Dolomites. Stars and celebrities rest here, for whom Cortina d'Ampezzo is primarily a resort and a status place, and only in the second - a ski center.
Cortina d’Ampezzo can not be called a small cozy village, it is a rather large urban resort with a mass of houses of 5-6 floors, small squares and a dozen large streets. In addition, areas adjacent to Cortina with the mansions and villas of wealthy Italians.
Accordingly, in the evenings the resort just rages: restaurants, bars, nightclubs - everything is filled to capacity. The main promenade is the pedestrian street Corso Italia, which you can walk about 15 minutes (if you do not stop at a cafe and souvenir shops, of course). It is also the main shopping avenue of the city, where there are fashion boutiques, perfume shops, jewelry shops, as well as antique and art salons.
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Parish Church in Cortina
A parish church dedicated to the apostles Philip and James (it. Santi Filippo e Giacomo), built in 1769-1775 by the architect Giuseppe Promperg-Costa della Val Badia on the site of the Gothic church that stood here. The church was painted by Franz Anton Zeiler (1716-1794)., Famous for his many works in the churches of Tyrol. The high altar was executed in 1773 by Johann Musac (1745-1793). The altar painting depicts the Madonna and Saints to whom the church is dedicated and painted in 1679 by Antonio Sanchi. Musak also created the side altars. The bell tower has a long history. In the first version, it was built in 1590. The existing tower is the fifth in a row. Its height is 69.5 m. There are several bronze bells of various sizes on the tower, happily avoiding being sent to re-melting for cannon production during the First World War. The cancellation occurred on the orders of Emperor Charles the First during his trip to the front through Cortina.Since then, plays performed on bells have retained their uniqueness from a historical point of view.
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How to get there
The Dolomites are located in northeastern Italy, mostly in Trentino Alto Adige. To be more precise, it must be said that this province is divided into two parts - southern Italian-speaking Trentino (in honor of the capital - the city of Trento) and northern Alto Adige or Zuidtirol (it is an autonomous region), where the vast majority of the inhabitants speak German , and settlements almost always have two names.
For a long time I could not understand why so? But then it turned out that in fact the history of South Tyrol is rather sad - in short, before the Italian part and the Austrian almost eponymous land - Tyrol were part of the independent Tyrolean County, where the population spoke German. It should be noted that due to the active extraction of silver and gold, Tyrol was a rather rich region, which made it a tidbit for foreign conquerors. For several centuries, the southern part of the province several times passed from Austria to Italy, and after the Second World War it nevertheless finally remained in the latter. True, the Italian-speaking population there was less than half, which did not have a very favorable effect on the situation in the region - there were frequent attempts to reunite with Austria, which, however, continue to this day - but the Italian government does not want to surrender South Tyrol. If at my disposal there were such beautiful mountains as the Dolomites, I would not give them to anyone either :)
This was a little historical background, but now back to geography: to be precise, the mountain range is located on the territory of three provinces at once - this is not only Trentino Alto Adige, but also slightly affects the regions of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The fastest way to reach the Dolomites is by plane; you can also consider traveling by car or train.
Closest to the Dolomites are airports of cities such as:
- Bolzano (how to get to it, you can read here)
- Venice (in more detail - in this article)
- Verona (all details are here)
- Milan (all information on how to get to the world fashion capital is here)
The cost of tickets to these cities depends on many factors - whether you fly on a direct flight or with a transfer, which airline you choose, whether luggage is included in the price, and even the departure time also plays a role! Basically (except for New Year’s dates and other national holidays) the cost of tickets starts from 12-15 thousand RUB - in this case, you will need to make a transfer. You can choose a flight so that the amount of time spent at the transit airport is minimal, or you can have time to see another city. As for direct flights, tickets on average start from 20-23 thousand RUB, but, for example, to Milan (or rather, to Bergamo) you can fly on the Pobeda low-cost airline - and this can be even cheaper than a transfer flight. You need to keep track of the dates you need in order to purchase tickets at the most “delicious” price, or to get to the time of sale - and then you can quite fly to the fabulous city and back just for some 5-8 thousand RUB. I ask you to be more careful with their conditions - many ignore the rules of this airline (in particular, for baggage and hand luggage and lack of food on board the aircraft) and then encounter difficulties. However, if you follow all the rules (and this, believe me, is not difficult at all), then everything will go fine.
In addition, the airports of Belluno (BLX), Treviso (TSF) and Trieste (TRS) are located nearby, but they are less good in terms of convenience, since it is impossible to get there without a transfer.
Do not forget that the path to the Dolomites is not easy - it is not only a plane and train to the city center, but you also need to somehow get to the mountains themselves.The best option, of course, is renting a car, but if for one reason or another it is not possible, you need to make friends with public transport. The Italian railways website (here it is) and also the South Tyrol transport website (via the link) will come to the rescue. It seemed to me very convenient, since it has information on both rail and bus services, and also immediately provides options with all kinds of connections.
The fare will depend on what, where and where you are going from, and also depending on when you purchase the ticket - the sooner the cheaper. For example, from Bolzano airport to the city of Brunico, you can take a train in an hour and a half. It costs about 20 EUR.
Here you will be helped by the already mentioned transport site in South Tyrol, which contains all the information about traveling around the region by bus. In addition, due to the opening of the ski season, at the end of November-December from many railway stations to resorts you can get on special buses. The flight you need can be found here.
Many tourists go to the Dolomites region right on their car from Russia — I saw a lot of cars with Moscow and St. Petersburg numbers.
If you take the city of Bolzano as the final point - although not the very heart of the mountain range, but a rather large settlement, you can see that the route from the capital of our vast country totals almost 2600 km, and in time it will take more than a day.
As you probably noticed, there are a lot of repairs on the way, which may also not have a very positive effect on road travel. Do not forget that it is impossible to drive for 26 hours, so take care in advance about where you will spend the night. Ideally, you need to go in a company so that drivers have the opportunity to change when one gets tired. It should also be noted that the route passes through the territory of such countries as Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Austria and Italy itself.
Dolomites in the summer
In the summer in the Dolomites, the mark on the thermometer is held in the region of + 20-25 ° С. As for me, this is perfect weather - when you do not need to look for a shadow to hide from the stuffiness. This temperature is perfect for various activities (hiking, cycling) and for ordinary walks in cities.
It will also not be amiss to say that sometimes it rains in the region and the sky is cloudy - in such weather there is no reason to go to the mountains, it is better to try to wait a bit - the weather can change literally in one and a half to two hours.
Dolomites in the fall
In the autumn it becomes much cooler in the mountains, the indicator on the thermometer usually drops to + 15 ° C in September-October, and to + 10 ° C in November. In the mornings it is especially chilly - in the 10th of October, somehow it was only +5 degrees of heat outside the window. In addition, already in the middle of this month the first snow may fall, although this usually happens closer to November.
I think that the first weeks of autumn are almost the best time to visit the region, since most tourists go home, but nature is still beautiful and the temperature is comfortable. By the way, golden autumn here really shimmers with all shades of this color.
Dolomites in the spring
In the spring in the region, and especially in the mountains, it is still cool, and the temperature warms up only by May - up to about + 15 ° С. In March, sometimes it still snows, and in 2016 at night the thermometer showed about 10 ° C below zero.
However, gradually there are more and more sunny days, flowers bloom, various plants begin to bloom, and soon hiker tourists replace the skiers in the mountains - this can be said to symbolize the approaching summer season in the Dolomites.
Dolomites in winter
Winter in the region, as a rule, is not too cold - usually the temperature is kept in the region of -5-10 ° C, but sometimes drops to -20 ° C. However, according to statistics, there are more sunny days than cloudy ones - 8 ° C against 2 out of 10.
On the tops of the mountains, the sun shines so brightly that most skiers and snowboarders are forced to use sunscreen, but anyway, after a rest they return home with slightly tanned faces.
Conditional areas. Descriptions and Features
In fact, there are no districts in the Dolomites - unless it is conditionally possible to divide the region into “mountains” and “cities”.
In fact, it is here that the main attractions of the region are located - lakes, hiking trails, cycling routes, amazing views. From December to mid-spring, ski resorts operate here, attracting thousands of winter sports enthusiasts to the region. I’ll tell you more about them at the very end of the article, but one thing you need to know for sure - the local resorts are not inferior in quality of routes and infrastructure to those located on the border with France, and for the price they are somewhat more pleasant.
Of the features, I can only note that in the warm season, the weather here, as I said, can change in an hour and a half. Therefore, going to the mountains, be sure to check the forecast for the day, even if the sun shines brightly in the morning. In addition, it is worth knowing that there are beautiful hotels with high-quality service, a magical view from the windows and, like in any other place, the corresponding price - from 120-130 EUR per night and to infinity (you can compare the cost of rooms here, and book conveniently liked at Bucking). But I advise you to look at something else - try staying at least one night in a guesthouse. Usually they can be found in Germany or Austria, but given the proximity to the latter and the shared historical past, it is not surprising that they appeared here. A guesthouse is a house whose owners live in it or somewhere nearby, and rooms are rented to guests. This housing option will help you to truly feel the atmosphere of South Tyrol, and fresh pastries in the morning from the hostess will leave the most “delicious” impressions! In addition, for those who travel by car, a pleasant moment will be the fact that, unlike city hotels, 99% of the time there are free parking near guesthouses. You can search for offers, for example, here.
As for the rest in the cities, it is worth mentioning precisely the large settlements that, although they are not located directly in the Dolomites, but are still surrounded by them, are, first of all, Bolzano, Brixen, Trento, Udine, and dozens of smaller ones . The choice of places for housing is more, but, as a result, there are more "urban" problems - we immediately felt this when we had to pay 20 EUR for parking near our hotel in Bolzano. There are, of course, positive factors — more options for cultural pastime — museums, exhibitions, and, after all, an ordinary walk around the city and sightseeing, a large selection of cafes and restaurants.
In short, unlike in the highlands, you can always find something to do here if you are not lucky with the weather. It seems to me that those who travel the region by public transport should definitely stay at a hotel near the train or bus station.
Prices for one night in a double room of a two- or three-star hotel on average vary from 50 to 80 EUR, but you can always find a cheaper option, or vice versa - expensive and luxurious. As I said, consider staying in a guesthouse - very authentic and reasonably priced.
As for, for example, hiking, my favorite type of vacation in the mountains in the warm season, you can also save a lot of money here if you start your journey not from the last stop of the lift, but from the bottom - but you need to understand that this method will take much more time , and it requires some physical preparation.
Travel around the region
It’s great to ease the budget of travel in the region The faster you buy train or bus tickets, the cheaper they will be. Also, if you plan to rent a car, try to make a reservation as early as possible - the closer to the desired date, the more expensive the rental will be.I strongly advise you to find free or at least inexpensive parking lots in advance near the places where you are going to leave the car - as practice shows, this expense item is often omitted by travelers, and then, parking after parking, it costs more than a dozen EUR.
Cafes, restaurants and their alternatives
If you eat 2-3 times a day in cafes and restaurants, even in small and inexpensive ones, it is likely that you spend a fabulous amount of money on food for the whole trip. To avoid this, consider staying in an apartment. In this case, you will have to spend time preparing food, but you can save money on restaurants, which usually makes up the largest component of the travel budget after spending on tickets and accommodation.
The main attractions. What to see
You can probably spend your whole life in the Dolomites, and still not have time to see everything that the region is so rich in. In this section I will try to talk about what must be included in the must see list when planning a trip to the north of Italy in order to get the most complete picture of this area in a relatively short period of time.
The main attraction of the Dolomites is nature and everything that was created by it. That is why all three points in my “top” are connected with it, and not with the results of human activity.
- Tre Cime Natural Park - Despite his popularity, and as a result, a large number of tourists, he conquered me to the very heart.
- Lake Braies - a real miracle of nature, more about it - a little later.
- Santa Maddalena Village and famous landscapecaptured on thousands of photographs - a small church on the background of powerful mountain ranges.
By the way, a little hint. If you suddenly worry that you cannot take a photo from this place from the right angle, write down: (I think that the church itself can be found without problems, so I’ll start from it) stand facing its entrance, turn left and continue, Keeping a little to the left, walk literally 500-600 meters uphill. When the road turns left, you will see a bench - it was the view from this place that seemed to me the most photogenic.
Beaches. Which are better
Since the Dolomites do not have access to large water, there are no sea beaches here - you need to go to neighboring regions behind them (you will read about them in a few paragraphs). And you can’t surprise anyone with a rest on the sea - it’s hot, stuffy, crowded. Either the lake’s business is pleasant coolness, the absence of screaming sweets sellers, massage therapists. So I thought, until I ran into reality :)
The fact is that I have been to Austrian lakes more than once and I absolutely love this type of relaxation - peace and quiet are provided, for me this is the best way to relax. Inspired by such an experience, I spent one day of our trip just relaxing on the lake. My "victim" was the Lago di Braies - somewhere I read that in the summer there is really nothing. Alas, my expectations were not destined to come true.
Firstly, the water there is not that cool, but very cold. Secondly, yes, I dreamed of privacy, but I did not expect that it would be only on the water - that is, numerous tourists walked around the lake itself, which did not contribute much to the authentic atmosphere. And thirdly, there was no infrastructure for swimming - no sunbeds, no sand, no changing cabins ... maybe I expected too much, or maybe I chose the wrong lake. But in none of the others where I was after, I did not see people bathing - and after that I concluded that the Dolomites are not too suitable for relaxing on them - where it is better to sail on them in a boat or enjoy them from the shore.
Churches and temples. Which are worth a visit
Since Italians are one of the most faithful peoples of Europe, at least a small church is in almost every city. Personally, I was most impressed by the two religious sites.
- The first is Muri Gris Abbey and St. Augustine Church. In fact, this is a whole architectural complex, operating since the XV century.For several centuries, the abbey was ruined, restored - and so several times in a row, until in the XIX century the Benedictines expelled from Switzerland were resettled there. After that, a new chapter was opened in the history of the abbey, the monks began to produce wine, which became popular throughout the country. The Church of St. Augustine was added to the existing buildings only in the XVIII century. Pay attention to the frescoes inside - they are truly luxurious.
- Secondly, this is not so much the church itself as the general picture in which this church is present. This is about Santa Maddalena Village, a tiny church of the same name and a massive mountain range Geisler. You probably saw this maximum contrasting landscape more than once in pictures; it was recognized as one of the most photographed in the world. Entrance to the church is absolutely free, so take a little time and look inside - it is very, very beautiful there.
Museums Which are worth a visit
Frankly, I’m not a “museum” person, and the Dolomites are neither Paris with the Louvre nor Madrid with the Prado, where museums are part of the compulsory program. Dolomites are primarily about nature. But since nature sometimes throws up unpleasant surprises in the form of bad weather, instead of the planned hiking, we had to quickly come up with an alternative pastime on the spot.
- Somehow it turns out that despite the fact that I am not a lover of contemporary art, I often visit the relevant museums - and Bolzano was no exception. Muzeyon, or Bolzano Museum of Modern Art was opened in 1985. The first expositions were devoted to the history of Tyrol, then the works of Italian artists were presented there, and today's exhibitions tell visitors about modern cinema, architecture, and even about theaters. The museum building itself, which is made in a futuristic style, is also given special praise. It is a work of art in itself. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Thursday until 10 p.m. Admission costs 7 EUR for adults, 3.50 EUR for students and senior citizens.
- In addition, we managed to visit Archaeological Museum of Bolzano. History connoisseurs will surely like it, because it presents various things that, as it were, retell the stages of development of the region from ancient times. Particular attention is paid to visitors to the mummy Otzi - an ice man, Iceman. This exhibit, for a second, is more than 5 thousand years old - it was discovered in the early 90s in the Dolomites. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm in all months except July, August and December - at that time it is open daily. Entrance ticket costs 9 EUR, for students and senior citizens - 7 EUR.
On the territory of the Dolomites there are several national and natural parks - both large and very small. The most famous and at the same time the most beautiful (in my humble opinion) are the Dolomiti Bellunesi Park and the Tre Cime Park.
- Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi. This park is located in the Veneto region near Belluno. This zone is protected by the state, not only for the preservation of local flora and fauna, but also for the development of advanced methods to improve the environmental situation in the region - there is a whole system for converting solar energy. As for tourist interests, the Dolomiti Bellunesi is an incredibly beautiful place, which is worth highlighting at least four hours. Here, a huge number of hiking trails of various lengths are laid out - you will spend about 30 minutes on the shortest, more than 5 hours on the longest. Do not be alarmed by such routes - if you are physically well prepared, it is definitely worth it! They will lead you not only to places with breathtaking views, but also to prehistoric caves, tiny temples, and along the way you can quite see a deer running past or a black grouse flying over you.
- Parco Naturale Tre Cime. If you at least once scored the query “Dolomites” in Google, then you are already completely familiar with this park, because it is here that there is one of the main symbols of the region - three peaks (this is the name of the park from Italian). Well, or you must have noticed this view on postcards. A fairly simple trail by hiking standards leads to the peaks, along which they go ... no, not lonely mountain lovers, but real crowds of tourists - after all, this is perhaps the most famous natural attraction of the Dolomites. In the summer, there are many special people, and although this makes it somewhat difficult to enjoy the authenticity of the area, I still cannot advise you to go here - it's really worth it. The most popular route to the peaks starts from Rifujio Auronzo (map) and leads past beautiful mountain lakes straight to a height of more than 2400 meters. By the way, this mountain range is a conditional border dividing the German and Italian speakers of the region, so next to the inscription Tre Cime you will see a translation into German - Drei Zinnen.
At the very beginning of the article, I said that according to the administrative-territorial division of Italy, the Dolomites are not a separate region. They are located in Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which, in turn, border with Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna.
- You can read about the first region in this article. Lombardy - this is not only the Duomo in the main square and not only shopping - there are also dozens of beautiful lakes, hundreds of small cozy towns, kilometers of cycling and trekking routes - and this is not all that this amazing region holds in itself.
- With the second neighbor - Emilia Romagna “You probably know each other too.” This is perhaps the most hyped place of the Adriatic Riviera - this is where Rimini is located - the mecca of Russian travel agencies. The administrative capital of the region is the birthplace of the oldest European university - Bologna, famous for its magnificent architecture. Emilia Romagna will also appeal to motorists - in this seemingly not too large region you will find museums of various sports cars - Lamborghini, Ferrari, Ducati, Maserati.
Food. What to try
Neighborhood with Austria and the joint historical passed very strongly influenced the traditional cuisine of the region. Being in a restaurant, at some point it may seem to you that you are far from in Italy - traditional pizza pasta is not on the first pages of the menu, and for some reason the waiters do not say “prego”. Instead of lasagna you will be offered national Tyrolean dishes - dumplings, dumplings, various soups (they even eat goulash here!), And they will advise you to replace tiramisu - what would you think? Of course, apple strudel - it will certainly be served with ice cream. But do not think that the local cuisine is exclusively borrowed from a German-speaking neighbor - Italian is also a lot here. For example, antipasti - traditional Italian snacks - have been preserved here. Most often these are olives, olives, bruschettas with a variety of tastes, cheeses, baked vegetables. From Italian, the region is especially fond of risotto, ravioli, meat dishes and fresh fish.
The owner of the guesthouse, where we stayed for a couple of nights, gave us one very important clue in choosing the right place for lunch or dinner. He said that if you want to try the real traditional cuisine of the region, and not get into an ordinary tourist place, which are full in the whole world and which cannot be distinguished from each other, firstly, pay attention to the language of the menu. Only German? Great, you have come to the right place! German and Italian? Also very good. But if the menu is provided in English, or even worse, in Russian - in this case, it is worth looking for another place. Secondly, according to him, everyone’s favorite pizzas and pastas at the very beginning of the menu can become an alarming bell. He argued that after a multilingual menu, this is the main signal that the institution is designed for tourists who are not too interested in the culture of the region.However, this figure personally did not seem to me too important - if I love pizza and enjoy eating it in Russia, why don’t I eat it in her own homeland? Even if they speak there and not in Italian.
The proximity of Austria also influenced the mentality of local residents - they are much more hardworking, law-abiding and less quick-tempered than, say, southerners. In general, the population of the Dolomites is very similar to people who live in neighboring regions - Veneto, Lombardy. Residents of provinces such as Calabria or Campania claim that the northerners are so immersed in their work that they are completely unable to enjoy life, that they are boring, unfriendly and unfriendly people. Perhaps the author of such a statement met with some wrong northerners, but always, when we got lost, or just needing help, asked local residents for advice, they gladly gave answers to all our questions. Therefore, we did not notice any snobbery, but perhaps this is manifested in other situations - I can not say. But I’ll say for sure - in trouble you will definitely not be left alone.
Honestly, I have never heard of any unique holidays that are celebrated exclusively in the Dolomites and nowhere else in Italy. However, how the celebration of the New Year takes place here is spoken everywhere! Since a huge number of skiers come to the region on the eve of the main winter holiday, local resorts are trying to arrange an incredible show for their guests. Fireworks, restaurants, concerts, festivities until late at night, colorful, magically decorated streets will be remembered by tourists for a long time. At the same time, I must say that the local population itself does not particularly celebrate New Year - Christmas is much more preferable for them. It, like almost everywhere in Europe, takes place with the family, no one goes to restaurants, but the streets are magically decorated, but you yourself have probably heard a hundred times about cozy, pre-Christmas Europe.
There are two drawbacks to the New Year holidays in the Dolomites, and quite substantial ones are the prices and the number of tourists. Not only that, the cost of a room in a more or less decent hotel starts from 100-120 EUR per night, and getting it shortly before the required dates is almost impossible. Therefore, start looking for a place to stay almost a year - the only way you can book a room in a good hotel at a good price. But with the queues on the slopes, alas and ah, nothing can be done.
Security. What to watch out for
Since Bolzano has been leading the list of the most comfortable cities in Italy for several years, I think it makes no sense to talk about security in the city itself - this is not the thing to worry about. Another thing is safety on the slope.
- Be sure to get special health insurance., which applies to injuries from extreme sports.
- In addition, whether you are a professional or a beginner, always ride a helmet.
- Arriving at the ski resort for the first time, do not be stingy and spend some time with an instructor. After that, do not overestimate your capabilities and do not immediately try to conquer the black tracks - start with simple gentle, and then slowly switch to steeper ones.
- Even if you like to drive off the main tracks and, so to speak, conquer the unconquered - I ask you, be sure to follow the signsbecause they are there solely for your safety.
Shopping & Stores
Well, to be honest. For me, the Dolomites is about active pastime, about conquering the mountain peaks in trekking boots, and shopping somehow didn’t really fit into such a program. But if you suddenly want to combine the almost incompatible and have a couple of days in reserve, then you, of course, are on the road to Milan. Fortunately, it is not so far away - just 3 hours drive from the Dolomite. You can read more about shopping in the world fashion capital here.
If you think that leaving Italy without shopping is not comme il faut, and for one reason or another you are not going to go to Milan, then go to Bolzano.There are two streets here - Lauben and Dr Streiter Lane, where you will find both boutiques of world famous brands of clothes and shoes, and shops of unknown local designers with very nice and high-quality things. Also, look at the Greif Center shopping center - during the discount period you can find branded clothes at ridiculous prices, but the rest of the time it impresses with a variety of brands.
In more or less large cities, you can go to a bar in the evening and spend a couple of hours trying local cocktails. Fans of strong drinks should pay attention to Flieger - a mixture of “Red Bull” and vodka, and those who don’t want to lose their minds usually drink cocktails like Estivo (white wine + sparkling water) or Bellini (prosecco + peach puree). In most establishments, prices do not bite - from 3 to 6 EUR per cocktail. As such, there are no special rules for visiting in the region - but it is better to replace hiking boots and a tracksuit with jeans, a shirt or a T-shirt.
Souvenirs. What to bring as a gift
Not a single tourist trip can do without this, of course. Frankly, the Dolomites did not surprise me personally with anything special - but besides the standard magnets and postcards that you will find in any souvenir shop, take a look at wines like Vino Santo and Trentodoc and local cheeses in gourmet shops.
But in fact, the best that can be brought from a trip to the Dolomites is hundreds, if not thousands of photos, gigabytes of video, many interesting stories and vivid memories.
Taxi. What features exist
In the mountains, the taxi system is not developed at all (which is logical), and in local cities it is best to walk. But, for example, if you need to get from the airport to the city, then this is a good option. However, this pleasure is expensive - for example, a taxi from Bolzano airport to the city center costs about 30 EUR.
In the Dolomites, the public transport system is functioning perfectly, and this site will help you figure it out. In addition, I advise you to use the RomeToRio website. On them you can make a route from almost anywhere in the region to the place you need, since they cover not only the railway, but also the bus line.
Travel tickets are not too expensive - for example, the route from Brixen to Lake Braies costs about 11 EUR, and the bus from Bolzano to Ortisei costs only 6 EUR.
A car is, of course, the best opportunity to see everything that is in the Dolomites and get to those places that cannot be reached by public transport. There is no need to adapt to the schedule of trains that do not always run at the right time for you. Also, the car allows you to select points of interest in the route of the trip by interest, and not by transport accessibility.
You can rent a car at any airport immediately after arrival, as well as in any major city in the region. And the documents for this need the following:
- Driver's license.
- International passport.
- Credit card.
- Moreover, you must have at least one year of driving experience.
You can search for offers in advance on the Internet (for example, here).
Tips for motorists
During the holidays, of course, I do not want to think about possible problems and difficulties and relax as much as possible. But if you travel by car, and even more so in the mountains, then you automatically assume some responsibility, therefore, I think it will not be out of place to recall important points for drivers.
Driving in the mountains requires some preparation, so do not expect that you can just relax and go to your favorite music on an empty highway - you should always be extremely careful and careful.
The rules of the road in the Dolomites and Italy are generally quite similar to the Russian ones. In settlements you can move at a speed of no more than 50 km / h, on a country road - 110 km / h, on toll roads - 130 km / h. The fines in Italy are quite high - for speeding you need to pay from 40 to 3300 EUR, for improper parking - from 35 to 90 EUR.
As for toll roads, here it is only one - A22.There is no specific price, so to understand how much you will have to pay, multiply the unit of tariff, which depends on the class of your vehicle (for example, for a car it is 0.08432 EUR / km) by the number of kilometers traveled, and then add 22% VAT.
And finally - as of July 2017, one liter of 95 gasoline costs 1.62 EUR, diesel - 1.51 EUR.
Dolomites - holidays with children
In the Dolomites, I saw many families with children, and all of them looked quite contented with life, did not cry or scream. Based on this, I can conclude that with little travelers you can and should go here! If your children love active pastimes, then they will enjoy walking in the mountains, but choose not too difficult paths - kids can get tired and ruin their mood for themselves and you. If you are traveling to the region in winter, be sure to write the children to the ski school or to a separate instructor. In a word, there is expanse for little fidgets - in the evening they often return to the hotel in a half-asleep state, which is rather a good sign. As one of my friends says: “Sleeping children are satisfied parents!”
As for the cultural program, in the aforementioned Museum of Modern Art in Bolzano, various educational programs are organized for the youngest lovers of the beautiful, where children are told about the history of art and the importance of cultural development and are given the opportunity to create something wonderful themselves at various master classes.
Ski resorts are the main reason why travelers from all over the world travel to the Dolomites in winter. This region is called Dolomiti Superski, and it combines 12 ski areas - Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Kronplatz, Alta Badia, Arraba Marmolada, Val di Fiemme, San Martino, Civetta, Alta Pusteria, Valais Isarco and Tre Valley. In such a large space, you will find tracks for both professionals and not-yet-experienced athletes.
It doesn’t matter if you are completely new to this field - there is an opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard completely from scratch - there are several ski schools in the resort where you can enroll in a group or take a personal instructor. This is not an expensive pleasure - an hour of private lessons costs from 30 to 40 EUR. But it is very important not to save on this in order to avoid injuries and other unpleasant situations.
The Dolomiti Superski system combines 12 ski areas, 1,200 km of pistes of various levels and 450 lifts, and all this requires a single ski pass. Sounds like a dream vacation, doesn't it? Having bought just one card, you get such a great variety and such amazing opportunities.
It is not very profitable to buy a ski pass for one day - it costs 47 EUR. A little expensive, and you don’t have time to evaluate the entire diversity of the resort. It would be more correct to immediately purchase a card for the entire stay in the region - for example, a ski pass for a week costs 250 EUR, in which case one day of skiing will cost you only 35 EUR, and for 10 days - 335 EUR, and then a day pass will cost you at 33.5 EUR.
The tracks in the Dolomites are very well maintained, equipped with modern lifts and, importantly, quite diverse! Here beginner skiers and snowboarders will feel comfortable, and professional and experienced athletes will like a large selection of black and red sections of tracks, where they can hone their skills and pretty tickle their nerves - I hope only in the good sense of the word. To avoid unpleasant situations, first of all, be sure to get special insurance in advance, even if you have "rolled a hundred times, and everything was fine." And secondly, adequately and soberly assess your strengths and capabilities. Even if you are confidently skiing / snowboarding, drive off the mountain for the first time in a new area carefully and slowly, so to speak, get acquainted with the track. And after a successful “dating” you can ride with the breeze :)
Dolomites: a quick reference
Dolomites or, as they are also called, Prealps - the beginning of the Alps, relatively low mountains in northern Italy. The highest mountain of the Dolomites is Marmolada, its height is 3342 meters.This is the only peak that is covered with snow all year round: there is a glacier on it, in the other mountains from the end of June to the beginning of November, the snow melts. Therefore, the Dolomites are available for hiking and other outdoor activities for everyone, not just experienced athletes.
Dolomites are called the most beautiful mountains on the planet. So once said Reinhold Messner - one of the most famous climbers in the world, who was the first to climb all 14 eight-thousanders of the planet. He hails from here, from the autonomous Austrian province of Italy, Bolzano - South Tyrol.
Dolomites are constantly on the list of places to visit at least once in a lifetime. There are many unusual mountain peaks that were built by someone manually, and deep canyons that are not found anywhere else in the world. Therefore, the Dolomites, according to the famous architect Le Corbusier, are also called "The most beautiful natural architecture in the world." But the main thing is that they are able to “absorb” the light, thanks to the rock - dolomite (by which they were named), and they turn into warm colors at sunset, and become “cold” at night. From here came the third, unofficial, name: “Pale Mountains”.
In the Dolomites there are indigenous people - Ladins. Ladins are the descendants of the Rets: the people who lived before the arrival of the Romans in the valleys of the Western and Central Alps. Ladin language is a mixture of Italian, Latin, French and German. This is the official language: all inscriptions and signs are duplicated on it, classes are going on in local schools. Ladins live in the vicinity of Marmolada and the neighboring Sella mountain range, around which one of the longest continuous ski slopes in the world, Sellaronda, is laid: it stretches 40 kilometers.
Altogether, there are nine large mountain systems in the Dolomites, each a separate nature protection zone. Here you can’t make bonfires, cut down trees or even set up tents outside campsites. During the many-day trips, you need to spend the night in the Dolomites in refugio - special mountain shelters where you can rent a place in the common room, order dinner and take a shower (at a price of 1 euro per liter!).
There is also one national park in the Dolomites - Dolomiti Bellunesi, the closest to the flat part of the country. It has many endemic plants and animals.
To summarize: Dolomites are a paradise for lovers of mountain hiking, skiing and snowboarding, cycling and other outdoor activities. And, of course, photographs - landscape shots taken here regularly win prestigious contests.
Where to stay
In cities and villages:
- hotels (here they are called albergo) - from 50 euros per night,
- B&B - from 25 euros per night with breakfast,
- Airbnb - from 20 euros per room,
- apartments for a long term - from 400 euros per month, but on the Internet they rent a little, you need to look through friends,
- campsites - from 15 euros per place with a tent.
During the trip:
- mountain shelters (refugio) - from 20 euros per place, from 50 with breakfast and dinner,
- alpine huts (bivaco) - free of charge,
- Former alpine farms (Mulgi), where you can also spend the night - free of charge,
- tents (it is officially forbidden to put up, but if you really want to, then you can) - free of charge,
- sleeping bag in the open air (if it is very warm, you can sleep in mid-July even at an altitude of 2000-2500 meters) - free of charge.
1. Cortina d’Ampezzo
The main and most expensive ski resort of the Dolomites. This is a small town in the province of Belluno with Alpine-style architecture, located at an altitude of 1200 meters. Only 6,000 people live in Cortina, but in winter, with an influx of tourists, the population increases five times. Celebrities come here, several films were shot here - for example, “Pink Panther”.
The city became popular because of its location - it is located in the center of the Dolomites - and opportunities for winter sports: Cortina constantly hosts the stages of the Alpine skiing World Cups, the World Ski Championships have been held here more than once. In 1956, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Cortina. In the vicinity of the city there are 72 ski slopes, 95% of which there is constant snow. All of them are part of the common Dolomiti Superski system - the largest ski area in the world with a single ski pass.
In winter, Cortina is an expensive city, but in summer it becomes more accessible.Especially if you do not stay here for a few days, but use Cortina as a transit point while traveling by bus.
2. Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The mountain range in the Dolomites 2999 meters high, resembling three sharp teeth in shape: the name translates as “Three peaks of Lavaredo”. Due to its unusual shape, the mountain range is considered the main symbol of the Dolomite, and therefore it attracts a huge number of tourists. This is a large natural park, which you can walk for several days. By car or bus it is easy to get to the very foot of the mountain, to a height of 2320 meters - along a fantastic serpentine serpentine.
The simplest and at the same time famous track on Tre Chima is called simply - “Ring”. “Three peaks of Lavaredo” can be leisurely walked around in two days and spend the night in the immediate vicinity of the mountain range. Next to him are three famous refujos: Auronzo, Lavaredo and Locatelli.
Tre Cime is a cult place for rock climbers. One of the three walls - the northern Cima Grande - is considered one of the most popular places in the Alps for mountaineering. For the first time, the Italian Emilio Comici climbed onto it in 1933.
Tre Cime is located on the border with Austria. All names here are duplicated in two languages: German and Italian - and the first is more important.
Dolomites - this is a huge mountain area in Italy, in its north-eastern part. Covers the provinces of Belluno, Pordenone, Udine, Bolzano, Trento.
The boundaries of the massif are considered river valleys:
- From the northwest side of Isarka,
- From the north of the Pusteria River,
- From the south-eastern part of Piavi,
- On the west side of Adigi,
- From the southwest of Brenta.
The length of the Dolomites is 150 kilometers. Dolomiti Superski ski resort includes 12 regions. They are located in 3 administrative regions of the country - Trentino, Alto Adige and Veneto.
The length of all currently equipped tracks is about 1200 kilometers. More than 400 cable lifts are capable of simultaneously throwing 620 thousand vacationers per hour onto the tops of the slopes.
As we mentioned above, at all points of the Dolomites, a single ski pass is used for tourists, which is very convenient for vacationers.
The most famous resort centers of the Dolomites, such as Arabba, Val di Fassa, Val Gardena and Sappada, located around the Sella mountains, have a common Sella Ronda track up to 500 km long.
All slopes and cable cars at these points touch each other, so from one vacation spot you can easily get to another.
In the Dolomites, there are about 40 resorts. Most have a well-developed infrastructure and are known far beyond Italy. But there are small recreation centers, and even small local stations where the local population prefers to spend time.
Since 2009, the Dolomites have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In most Dolomiti Superski resorts, the ski season begins around the end of November and lasts until the end of April. Its beginning in certain zones depends on the weather - rainfall and low temperature stability.
The climate throughout the Dolomites is quite mild, 8 out of 10 days are sunny.
The temperature in most of the winter months is from 0 to minus 5 degrees. The coldest are February and January, on some days at this time the frost can reach 20 degrees.
However, the humidity in the Dolomites is insignificant, and therefore tourists carry special cold weather without discomfort.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (Cortina D’AMPEZZO)
Cortina D’AMPETZO - a town with its own population of 5 thousand people, is 72 km from Belluno, a province located in the northern and eastern parts of Italy. The town is only 44 km from the border with Austria.
The nearest major cities are: Venice 162 km, Milan 432 km, Rome 692 km, Innsbruck 156 km, A27 Belluno Motorway 72 km, A22 Bressanone Motorway 87 km.
The valley of the town is a platform that is surrounded on almost all sides by the majestic mountains of the Dolomites, the height of the largest of which reaches 3 thousand meters.
In the city itself there are many attractions for tourists, fashion boutiques and dozens of hotels to stay.In the winter season, the population of the town increases to almost 30 thousand people.
In addition to Cortina di Ampezzo, the ski region includes nearby areas - Tofana, Crystal, Faloria, Falzarego, Auronzo, San Vito di Cadore, Misurina.
Full route map (opens in the hotel window). For a detailed view, download the map.
The total length of the equipped slopes in the region is almost 140 km, of which about a hundred are in the main ski areas. The difference is from 1250 to 2930 meters. In the winter season, 45 lifts operate.
Cortina di Ampezzo is suitable for complexity for both experts and inexperienced skiers. Professionals will be interested in Faloria, there are complicated short crossings and the picturesque Vitelli track.
Black track with Ra Valles leads to Rumerlo. It is famous for its intricate bends and high-speed shelf.
In the Pomedes sector, the Olympia Dolomites sports track is up to 2.5 km long. In the month of January of each year, competitions are held among women for the World Cup in the categories of giant slalom, downhill and super giant.
Some consider it more difficult to descend Canalone, which runs parallel to the Olympic slope. It is adjacent to the rocks and requires professional skill. A blue track leads to the bottom of the valley in the Socrepes area.
The location of black, blue and red tracks is shown in the diagrams below.
Great views and excellent snow quality are guaranteed on the roll outs in the rocky amphitheater located on Tofana. In the Faloria sector, there is the Tondi Normale Descent, marked on the map of the Dolomites mountain ranges with red markings.
In the Falsarego sector, slopes are considered the best area for skiing, originating on the top of Lagazuoi Mountain and leading to the pass and to Armentarola. Simple, extended tracks are in the Cinque Torri.
Blue and green tracks suitable for beginners are on the slopes of the Socrepes and Pocol mountains, in the Mietres area.
You can stay in Cortina di Ampezzo by choosing a room in one of 36 hotels, cozy apartments and comfortable hotels in the Dolomites.
Among them there are both five-star, and those that are quite affordable for a budget vacation option. You can book deluxe and junior suites in such hotels as Cortina, De La Post, Dolomite.
More information can be obtained on the official website of the ski resort skipasscortina.com. Contact phone +39 0436 862171.
KRONPLATZ - PLAN DE CORONES (Kronplanz – Plan De Corones)
The region for skiing the Dolomites Plan de Cornes is located in the north of South Tyrol around the mountain of the same name.
The highest point is the peak with a height of 2275 meters. The region brings together 14 small towns and small settlements. The capital of Kronplanz is the city of Brunico. The difference in height from 930 to 2275 meters.
The length of equipped tracks is 115 km, among them:
- 6 blacks with a total length of 16 km,
- 14 reds with a length of up to 40 km,
- 26 blue slopes with a length of 57 km.
Schemes by category of tracks and the location of the lifts, see below.
4 of all tracks are illuminated at night. There are 32 lifts in Konplanz.
In the region there are 1425 places to stay - hotels, apartments, chalets, pensions. In Brunico you can stay at such hotels as Apartment Oberwiesen, Garni Feldmessner, Langgenhof.
Official site kronplatz.com/en. Phone +39 0474 551 500.
ALTA BADIA (Alta Badia)
Alta Badia is located next to the Sella mountain spur. He is famous for the fact that here runs a route for skiing in a circle with the name Sella Ronda.
Alta Badia combines:
- La Villa,
- San Cassiano
- Colfosco / Colfosco.
The difference between the lowest and highest point in the region is from 1344 to 2530 meters. The total length of the equipped slopes is 130 km.
About 70 of them are blue, 53 are red and 8 are black. 54 lifts work.
To stay vacationers in Alta Badia can be in such hotels as Italy, Monte Cherz, Grand Paradiso.
In the region there are 616 registered boarding houses, hotels, chalets, guest houses.
More about Alta Badia ski resort https://skiings.com/alta-badia.html.
Official site altabadia.org/it/. Phone +39 0471/836176.
VAL GARDENA (Val Gardena)
Val Gardena is a fabulously beautiful valley located in the province of Alto Adige / Sud Tirol in the northwestern section of the Dolomites.
Val Gardena unites three popular resort centers:
- Ortisei (Ortesei),
- Santa Cristina (S. Cristina / St. Christina),
- Selva Gardena (Selva Gardena / Wolkenstein.
The length of the built tracks in all three resorts is 175 km. Blue - 52 km, red - 105 and 18 km black.
The difference in height from 1225 to 2515 meters. In winter, 83 modern lifts operate. The ski season usually starts on November 25th and ends on May 1st.
You can stay in the Val Gardena region in such famous hotels as Piccollo, Garni Tyrol, Interski. In the resort area of Val Gardena, 829 comfortable places to stay with developed infrastructure.
ALPE DI SIUSI (Alp di Suisi)
Alp Di Suisi - Alpine plateau, part of the Schlern Nature Reserve.
The region of winter skiing includes several picturesque villages, these are:
- Castelrotto (Castelrotto),
- Suisi allo sciliar,
- Fiè allo Sciliar,
- Tires al Catinaccio.
The length of the mountain slopes for skiers is 60 km. Among them, the largest part of the reds is 29 km long. Blacks are only 1 km, 24 km of blue slopes and 6 green for beginners. The length of the longest descent is 15 km.
The difference between the highest and lowest points from 1060 to 2245 meters. The winter season opens on December 6th and usually lasts until April 8th.
On the territory of the Alp di Suisi there are 3-5 star hotels, hostels, chalets, pensions. You can stay at the Sporthotel Floralpina, Rosa Eco Alpine Hotel & Spa, at Dolomites Living.
Official site seiseralm.it/en/holidays-in-the-dolomites.html. Phone +39 0471 709600.
VAL DI FASSA (Val Di Fassa)
Val di Fassa is the very center of the Dolomites. The region is located 300 km from Milan and is part of the Sella Ronda complex.
Val di Fassa is suitable for beginners, professionals and families with children for the complexity of the equipped tracks, their location and infrastructure.
The length of all equipped descents in the region is 133 km. Complex black roads of which are 18 km, blue 42 and red 73 km. The difference between the upper and lower points is from 1320 to 2950 meters.
In winter, 53 lifts operate. The season opens on November 21 and lasts until mid-April.
Places to stay in Val di Fassa - 937. The level of service is excellently appreciated by tourists in hotels such as Albergo Arnica, Olympic, Azola.
Official site fassa.com/index.asp?l=en. Phone +39 0462 609500.
The ski center of the Carezza Dolomites is located at the foot of the Latemar and Rosengrad mountains of South Tyrol. The region has three main villages - the same name Karezza, Nova Levante and Welschnofen.
Karezza is a cozy, small resort suitable for families, both in winter and in summer.
The center has 41 kilometers of equipped tracks. There are blue tracks with a total length of 43 km, 6 km of black slopes and 12 red. The highest point of skiing is at an altitude of 2337 meters.
The ski season opens in early December and ends in mid-April.
There are few places for travelers to stay in Carezza, and some of them are popular with tourists - Hotel Central, Berghang, Bio-Hotel Steineggerhof.
Nearby are quite large cities - Tires, San Cipriano, Vigo di Fassa, they also have a lot of apartments, guest houses and comfortable hotels for wealthy skiers and middle-class travelers.
Official site eggental.com/en. Phone +39 0471 619 500.
The resort of Arabba is located in the most central part of Sella Ronda at an elevation of 1602 meters.
Here there are quite difficult mountain passes along the passage and there is direct access to the Marmolada glacier, which guarantees stable snow cover from autumn to spring.
Arabba as a ski center is suitable for professionals and beginner athletes, there are areas for heli-skiing and freeriding. Arabba, along with the Malga Ciapela resort, is part of the Marmolada ski region.
Arabba has 60 km of equipped slopes. For experts, blacks are more interesting, the length of the blue is 34 km, and the length of the red ones is 22. The difference in height is from 1600 to 3265 meters.
The ski season opens in early December and ends in early April.
You can stay in inexpensive apartments and first-class hotels.Among the latter, Messi, Evaldo, Portaveskovo deserve attention.
Official site arabba.it/en/home/1-0.html. Phone +39 0436 780019.
Marmolada Glacier is the most magnificent mountain of the Dolomites, its height at a peak of 3342 meters.
In the winter sports region of Marmolada, 20 km of tracks are equipped according to international standards. The length of the blue is 4, black is 2, and red is 14 km.
The longest and most fascinating descent in this part of the Dolomites reaches 12 km.
There is a trail running along the plain. The difference in height in the ski area is from 1450 to 3270 meters. There are 7 lifts.
You can stay at the Sporthotel Arabba, Evaldo, Malga Ciapela.
Official site funiviemarmolada.com. Phone +39 0437 722277.
THREE PEAKS DOLOMITES (Three Peaks of the Dolomites)
The resort is located within the Three Peaks of the Dolomites Alpine Park. The main attraction in it is 3 upward cliffs resembling the teeth of a dragon.
The resort has 66 equipped tracks with a total length of 93 km. The minimum height is 1130 meters, the maximum is 2205.
There are 19 ski tow lifts, one cable car, cabins and saddle lifts.
The resort has 78 accommodations. According to tourists, the excellent service at the Hotel Baranchi, Residence Ploner, Gratschvirt.
Official site dreizinnen.com/en/skiresort-three-peaks.html. Phone +39 0474 710 355.
VAL DI FIEMME (Val di Fiemme)
Val di Fiemme - a valley, a kind of gate or entrance to the Dolomites. From the west, it is surrounded by the Trudner-Horn park, from the north by the Schwarzkhon and Latemar mountain ranges.
In the east, the valley is bordered by the most impressive European nature reserve Paneveggio and the Palais di San Martino.
The Val di Fiemme region has 11 resort towns, including Predazzo and Cavalese.
The total length of all descents is 150 km. There are slopes for beginners and experts.
Equipped with 56 lifts. The lower point of skiing is located at an altitude of 1000 meters, the upper reaches 2,500 meters.
Slopes open in early December and close by mid-April.
In Val di Fiemme, there are many 314 registered hotels, chalets, apartments, guest houses for tourists. You can book a room at the Hotel Stella Alpina, Panorama, Los Andes.
Official site visitfiemme.it/en/winter. Phone +39 0462 241111.
Obereggen is a resort village as part of Val di Fiemme. Located on the side of Mount Latemar. The village is located 20 minutes by car from Bolzano. Obereggen is part of the Dolomiti Superski complex.
It offers tourists 38 km of slopes, two snow parks and 18 lifts. There is one night blue track.
Tourists can stay at the Gasthof Weber Hotel or at one of the Val di Fiemme hotels.
Official site eggental.com/en. Contact phone +39 0471 619500.
SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA / ROLLE PASS (San Martino Di Castrozza / Roll Pass)
The ski resort ROLLE PASS is located in the south of the Alps in the province of Trento.
The valley is known far beyond the borders of Italy and the Dolomites, and not only as an area for skiing, but also as a natural zone of amazing beauty and purity of air.
Seven towns are included in the Roll Pass region. In the largest of them, San Martino di Castrozza has 60 km of equipped slopes. There are 25 lifts. Slopes are equipped at an altitude of 1404 to 2357 meters.
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The ski season opens in early December and ends in late March - early April.
Official site visittrentino.info/ru. Contact phone +39 0439 768867.
GITSCHBERG JOCHTAL - BRIXEN (Gitschberg Jochtal Brixen)
Together with the resort of Plose, the Hitchberg Jochtal Brixen ski center forms the united ski region of Valle Isarco. There are several small villages and small towns.
The total length of tracks in Gitschberg Jochtal Brixen is 44 km. The length of the medium complexity blue is 16, black is 8, and red is 20.
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In winter, 16 lifts operate. You can stay at one of 870 places to stay. Among them are hotels such as Le Rose di Marianne, Schmuckhof, Jarolim.
Official site valleisarco.info/en/. Contact phone +39 0471 999 999.
ALPE LUSIA - SAN PELLEGRINO (Alpe Lucia - San Pellegrino)
San Pellegrino is adjacent to the provinces of Bolzano and Belluno. The resort has 69 slopes with a total length of almost 100 km. The length of the longest of them is 9800 meters.
The resort has 23 lifts. The lowest point is at an altitude of 1378 meters, and the highest reaches 2517 meters.
Track map (opens in a new window).
You can stop at an overnight stay in Alpe Lucia in one of 229 places. These are both first-class hotels and cozy family-run guest houses.
According to tourists' estimates, Hotel Fan, Patrizia, Laurino deserve more attention.
Contact phone +39 0462 573440.
One of the most extensive and diverse entertainment resorts in the Chevetta Dolomites is located in the northwestern part of the Veneto province.
The main ski area covers the villages:
- Palafavera (Palafavera),
- Selva di Cadore,
- Dzoldo (Zoldo).
The length of the slopes is 80 km, they are laid at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 meters.
The ski season opens in early December and ends by mid-April.
Track map (opens in a new window).
It offers hotels in nearby cities - Alleghe, Rocco Pietore, Val di Zoldo. Among them are such as Orso Grigio, Garni la Stua, Villa Eden.
Contact phone +39 0437 721376.
Ski schools in the Dolomites
In the Dolomites, you can not be afraid to go to those who do not know any skiing skills. There are 91 ski schools operating throughout the region, where beginners and those who want to hone their skills to perfection can attend the training.
Many of them have instructors who speak several languages, which is very convenient for foreign tourists.
Among the ski schools of the Dolomites:
- Alpine school of Orthesia. Address: 39046 Ortisei - Val Gardena,
- Ladinia. Address: Str. Burjé 8, 39033 Corvara,
- Kronplatz. Located in South Tyrol at the address: Seilbahnstr. / Via Funivia 12A, 39031 Reichach / Riscone. Specializes in teaching children,
- Alta Val Di Fiemme. Address: Loc. Gardone - Latemar Ski Center 38037 Predazzo (Tennessee). There are instructors at the school who train people with disabilities,
- Address: Piazza Floriani 17 / Florianiplatz 17 39030 Valdaora di Mezzo / Mitterolang,
- Carezza. Location: Via Carezza 157, 39056 Nova Levante / Welschnofen,
- Val di Fiemme-Cavalese. Located at: Loc. Dossdei Laresi - Ufficio a Monte 38033 Cavalese,
- Guggenberg School of Tesido. Address: Guggenberg Ski Lift 39035 Monguelfo-Tesido / Tesido,
- Address: Corso Italia, 32022 Alleghe,
- School of Alexander Ercolani. Address: c / o ski area Col Rodella 38031 Campitello di Fassa.
In the Dolomites you can buy a single ski pass, which is valid in all 12 regions. It gives the right to use all lifts and slopes during the period of action.
The cost of a ski pass depends on age.
The right to a discount are:
- Elderly (Senores), born before November 30, 1954,
- SuperSeniores - tourists whose date of birth is earlier than November 30, 1949,
- Juniors are young people who were born after November 30, 2003.
Children under the age of 8 can use the services free of charge if they have a subscription with their parents or other accompanying relatives.
However, this does not apply to season tickets or special offers.
The following prices are set for the 2019-2020 season:
- One day for an adult will cost 50 Euros,
- For juniors, a ski pass per day will cost 35 Euros,
- For older people - 45 Euro.
If the ski pass is purchased for several days, then each subsequent one will cost less.
All information about the owner is entered into the ski pass electronic chip and only one person has the right to use it.
The ski seasons at Dolomiti Superski are divided into regular, high and early.
The high season falls on the New Year holidays and February, the prices for the ski pass at this time by 10-15% rise. The early season is the very beginning of December and the cost of the subscriber during this period, on the contrary, is lower.
Ski pass prices can be viewed on the official website https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/Ski-pass/Prices.
The best ski resorts in the Dolomites
Which of the resorts in the Dolomites is the best, probably, no one will say. For some tourists, the level of comfort in places to stay is important, others pay more attention to complexity and slopes, while others need to enjoy a wonderful vacation with young children.
Therefore, in order to choose the appropriate resort option in the Dolomites, you need to study all the features of the center, its infrastructure, the complexity of the slopes, reviews about hotels and food in advance.
If this is your first time deciding to visit the Dolomites, then you should choose one of four resorts, these are:
- Val di Fassa
- Val Gardena
- Alta Badia,
These four ski resorts are located in the very center of the Dolomites, but the most remarkable thing about them is that they are combined into one whole. That is, their descents and routes intersect and, if desired, from one resort you can easily get to another, choosing a ski zone for your liking.
The main highlight of the combined resorts is Sella Ronda - a circular route around the mountain of the same name.
In the Arabba area, having made a small detour from this route, you can make a delightful and exciting descent from the Marmolada glacier.
Sella in the Dolomites is a powerful mountain cliff with an average height of 600 to 800 meters. The main peak of the Piz Boe ridge reaches a height of 3151 meters.
There are smaller peaks:
- In the north are Cima Pissadu (2985), Meisules (2994), Piz Miara (2912),
- In the south of Sass Pordoi (2950),
- In the east, Piz da Lec (2911).
The word Ronda translates as patrol, and the entire name Sella Ronda denotes a circular route around the mountain range. You can go through it, both clockwise and counterclockwise.
The length of the route with all its descents and ascents is 40 km. Without preparation, you can go it in no more than 5 hours, although experienced skiers need much less time.
Sella Ronda cannot be overcome only on skis. A number of tracks are interconnected by lifts. You can start the journey from any point on the route.
You can start the round trip from any resort center located next to Stella - Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fasse.
Sella Ronda Clockwise
On the signs on the tracks and maps, the route is indicated by an orange line or color.
It includes 11 descents and 12 ascents. If the journey starts from Selva, then first the tourists climb the gondolas to a height of 230 meters of the Dantercepies (2300) mountains, then they descend along the 5 km long highway to the village of Colfosco.
Then you need to climb the chairlift to Corvara and then on the gondola to the slope of Voe. From it there is a track to the pass with the name Campolongo.
From the pass on a chair lift to Bec de Roces. From here there are two red tracks, which, connecting at the 4-seat Pale, turn into a “blue” slope, ending in Arabba.
In Arabba, first climb the Portados ski lift, then you need to transfer to the Carpazza chair. From it there is a descent to Pont de Vauz, followed by an ascent to the Pordoi pass and seven hundred-meter descent. After the descent, the chair transfers to the other side of the mountain range, to the top of Sass Bece. From this mountain is the track down to Pian Frataces.
Gondolas are raised to the eastern part of the mountains. From here on the Cavazes-Grohmann chair you need to make another climb and go down the highway to Plan de Gralba.
There is another short “red” slope, and a rocking chair from which after 250 meters you can be at the finish line, that is, on the outskirts of Selva.
Sella Ronda counterclockwise
It is indicated on the tourist maps and signs of the Dolomites by green lines. It includes 15 descents and 16 climbs.
First, from Selva you need to climb on gondolas to Ciampinoi and go down one of the two red routes to Plan de Gralba.
On two cab lifts rise to the mark of 2235 meters. Then follows a gentle eight hundred meter descent. At its lower point, you need to sit on the Sasso Levante armchair, which will stretch to the mark of 2428 meters in height.
Here you need to stay to the right and cross several tracks to get on the red descent overlooking the Pian Frataces.
On gondolas you need to climb the Belvedere slope, and then even higher on the chair to the Sass Bece ridge. From it down to the Pont de Vauz is the "red" track. From its lower point, the Alpenrose chair delivers to the top of Portados.
From here, on a red slope with a gentle slope below, tourists roll out to the outskirts of Arabba. The Arabba Fly lift lifts to the other side, while the 4-chair lift pulls onto Burz.
This is followed by a short slope of Plan Boe, from it on a chair lift to Bec de Roces. On the blue kilometer route down to Campolongo and on the cable car climb to the eastern slopes.
At an altitude of 2055 meters, a 2.6 km “red” track begins, passing mainly through the forest. Finish slope in Corvara. The Borest ski lift carries him to Colfosco from him.
Then you need to transfer to the gondolas next to the Grand Cir. From it there is a small slope and a 4-chair, transporting tourists from Gardena to Dantercepies.
You can end the ski safari by going down to Selva along one of the two “red” slopes. They are almost identical in length - about 4,500 meters.
Benefits of the Sella Ronda Route
Sella Ronda is one of the most popular itineraries in the Dolomites.
Tourists consider its main advantages:
- The opportunity to start traveling from any resort town located next to the Sella ridge. From Val Gardena to the start you can ski for an hour. 30-40 minutes are required before starting from Val di Fasse and Alta Badia,
- The presence of many signs on the route - at stations and forks. The information presented on them will not allow you to go astray,
- Climbing to the top in chairs and gondolas. In them you can not only rest between the slopes, but also if you want to eat,
- Many mountain restaurants and cafes where you can dine fully.
Sella Ronda is quite suitable for inexperienced skiers. There are no sharp descents and unexpected bends. Slowly the route can be overcome in 5 hours.
The main disadvantage of Sella Ronda professional athletes consider the lack of steep slopes. Most of the slopes are gentle, they do not gain decent speed, and most often you have to put in a lot of effort to quickly descend from the peaks.
It is not always possible to go through a completely circular route - some of its sections are closed in the snowfall.
Features passing Sella Ronda
It is advisable to start the round trip as early as possible, since you need to be on the last pass no later than 16 hours. Often on electronic signs information pops up - Sella Ronda closed. It indicates that this section of the route is temporarily blocked due to bad weather or emergency situations.
But do not be upset if you are unable to move further on any part of the Sella Ronda. Around the mountain range without interruption, a motorway operates through which you can take a taxi to your resort.
Many tourists do not want to be limited to the descent from the mountains in the Dolomites only in the daytime. It is for them that there are night skiing areas, that is, those slopes that are fully lit from the top to the bottom.
In Kronplatz - Plan de Corones, this is Route No:
- 14 (Korer) with a removable gondola lift. Located in Brunico - Bruneck,
- 37 (Cianross). Location of San Vigilio - St. Vigil,
- 53 (Guggenberg). Located at Val Casies / Monguelfo / Tesido - Gsieser Tal / Welsberg / Taisten,
- 57 (Panorama - Terenten Skilift). The city of Terento-Terenten.
In Alta Badia, night skiing is possible on the Doninz Route 26 in La Villa. Lighting here turns on only on Wednesday from 20 to 22.30.
Val di Fassa / Carezza has two night skiing tracks - 7 and 8 (Pozza-Aloch). Both are located in Pozza di Fassa.
In the Three Peaks of the Dolomites region, there are two Haunold - 19 and 19b routes located in Innichen - San Candido. They work on Tuesdays and Fridays from 19 to 22-23 pm.
In Val di Fiemme / Obereggen there are three night routes:
- 96 (Deutschnofen). Located in Nova Ponente. The lighting turns on on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 pm and turns off at 22.00,
- 2a (Ochsenweide). Location - Obereggen.It works the same way as route 96,
- 87 (Fondovalle Doss dei Laresi). Located in Cavalese. It works on Wednesdays and Fridays from 19.30 to 22.30 pm.
In San Martino di Castrozza there is Col Verde descent number 31.
In Civetta there are two descents of Col Verde No. 38 and 39 in the city of Val Di Zoldo. From December 22 to January 5, they are lighted every evening from 19 to 23 hours. The rest of the time, night skiing is usually possible on Thursdays, Saturdays and Fridays.
Cheap Dolomite Resorts
Prices at any resorts in the Dolomites can hardly be called budget. Therefore, it is difficult to say what inexpensive ski resorts are in this region of Italy.
High quality service, well-developed infrastructure, wellness centers with massage parlors, beauty treatments, saunas suggest a high cost for services.
The budget also needs to include expenses for a variety of entertainments, including trips on snowmobiles and dog teams, visits to snowparks.
The shopping is also impressive in the Dolomites - in the resort towns there are many fashion boutiques and souvenir shops where you can sometimes find really unique things.
From anywhere in the Dolomites you can get an excursion to Venice, Verona, Milan and other cities of the state. Therefore, a winter vacation in the Dolomites involves significant costs, but here you can really have a first-class rest, even with children.
You can save only on housing - in the Dolomites there are inexpensive hostels and pensions with a minimum of amenities.
How to get to the Dolomites
Having decided to visit the Dolomites, many inexperienced travelers first of all worry how to get to the chosen resort quickly and without getting lost.
From other countries, the easiest way to fly to Italy is by plane, the nearest airports to the Dolomites are in:
From these cities you can get directly to the resort you need by bus or train.
- You can book a train ticket here https://www.trenitalia.com/.
- South Tyrol Transport Site http://www.sii.bz.it/.
- You can buy a bus ticket here http://www.sad.it/.
To choose the best route, you should use the site of railway transport or bus services in South Tyrol Italy.
Many Russian travelers get to the Dolomites by car.
But you need to consider that the distance from Moscow is 2600 km, and the route will go through Belarus, Poland, Germany, Austria and, naturally, Italy.