The Italian Dolomites are one of the most popular locations for mountain holidays. They are perfect for family holidays, as they are well equipped to accommodate the little ones, but they are even more so for those who travel alone and are looking for places to discover and traditions to embrace. Hiking, skiing and other winter sports are the bread and butter of these lands, which have magical winters that will allow you to enjoy a wonderful skiing holiday, even out of season if you want to spend a little less but still have lots of fun.
Well known Dolomites are a mountain group within the Italian Alpine chain. They stretch through three regions: Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli and Veneto and include some of the most popular places in Italy for those who love snow, hiking and the mountain, both in summer and winter. However, being very extensive, it is difficult to visit them to the full, it’s better to prepare an itinerary of the places not to be missed in the Dolomites according to the season period in which you intend to visit them and to the time you have available. They are usually divided into “zones” based on the province to which they belong; for example, the “Belluno Dolomites” are part of the territory of the province of Belluno. Each area has its most interesting places / attractions, some of which are more appreciated by families while others are suitable for those traveling alone. So let’s find out together which are the most beautiful places to discover in the Dolomites!
What to do in the Dolomites with your family
Among the most beautiful places to discover in the Dolomites for those traveling with the family are certainly the Nardis Falls, fantastic in the summer but not reachable in winter when the area is closed to the public because of the frost. They are located in the Val di Genova, in the province of Trento. Another particularly attractive place is Sasso Pordoi with its terrace on the Dolomites. The place is located in the Trentino Dolomites and is an ideal destination for family groups and for winter sports lovers. The summit, which is a little less than 3000 meters high, can be reached by cable car. At the top you can take a rest and relax in a beautiful shelter, which hosts hundreds of visitors every day. We would also like to suggest Lake Carezza, a small but picturesque lake in the province of Bolzano easily reached on foot and perfect for a picnic in company.
What to do in the Dolomites Alone
Credits: Visit Trentino
Visiting the Dolomites alone can be a truly unique experience. Among the most beautiful places in the Dolomites to be discovered even by yourself are certainly the Path Viel De Pan, which connects Portavescovo to Mount Pordoi, perfect for guided tours, and Passo San Pellegrino, which connects several villages and mountains of the provinces of Belluno and Trento. Along the San Pellegrino Pass there are numerous ski slopes; it lends itself as a perfect location for anyone who wants to combine the adventure and exploration typical of hiking and long ski sessions. The route is at an altitude of 1918mt and is relatively simple, although it is always advisable, when you are alone, to take advantage of the local guides.
What to eat on holiday in the Dolomites
Credits: Dolomiti Clubres
Leaving aside for a moment those that are the most beautiful places in the Dolomites to be discovered, we want to talk about the characteristic food instead. The Dolomites cross various regions and therefore it is possible to find typical dishes of this or that other culture. The wines, for example, all of excellent quality, are typical of the southernmost areas, while the chestnuts are the number one delicacy of the Valle d’Isarco Dolomites, where they are used to prepare all kinds of dishes, from main courses to desserts. Finally, almost everywhere, it is possible to taste excellent products of the farming culture, from all kind of cheeses to the strictly home-made sausages.