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Dolomites (Dolomiti)
Dolomites (Dolomiti)

Dolomites (Dolomiti)

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Via Roma 4

The Basics

In addition to being one of the most popular ski destinations in Europe, the Dolomites are also known for summer activities such as mountain climbing, Alpine hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, and hang gliding. Visitors can join a small-group driving tour from Venice to explore the many gorgeous drives through the Dolomites without the stress of having to navigate the winding mountain roads. Upon arrival in the region, small-group and private walking and hiking tours are also excellent ways to explore in summer, with plenty of photo opportunities and a tour guide who can pick a trail suited to individual skill levels. Cable cars transport travelers up to the trailheads, ski slopes, and lodges year-round.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many top trails in the Dolomites are for advanced hikers, though there are also easier routes. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for the weather, and bring water.

  • For train buffs, the historic narrow-gauge Renon railway and the Brennero railway are considered the most scenic in Italy.

  • To sample traditional cuisine, stop for a meal at arifugio, or refuge mountain lodge.

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How to Get There

Most visitors depart from Venice for a day trip or a longer stay in this part of the Italian Alps. The nearest airports are in Venice or Treviso, and there are airport shuttles directly to the ski resorts in winter. You can drive or take the train from Venice too.

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When to Get There

The Dolomites are spectacular year-round. In winter, you can ski, snowshoe, or hike the winter trails. In summer, visitors hike, tour the countryside, and explore the area’s many villages.

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The Multicultural Dolomites

The Dolomite mountains were part of Austria until after the World War I, and residents here still identify with Germanic history. In addition, the ancient Ladin people, who have their own separate culture and language, have been living among these mountains for centuries.

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