Information and hotels for ski & hiking holiday in the Dolomites Italy
Travel information for a skiing and hiking holiday in the Dolomites Italy
Hello from beautiful Dolomites in Italy, Europe!
When you go back to the beautiful scenery of the Dolomite mountains, the paradise in the Alps, you come to realise the immensity of these majestic mountains. Many marvellous accommodations are located in the best travel region and charming resorts and places of the Alps.
On June 26th 2009 UNESCO listed the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage Site to protect the highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty. One of the best wintersport, skiing, walking, hiking and mountain biking areas for holiday in the Dolomites, part of the Alps in Italy.
This travel portal offers valuable information, the updated weather report for the Dolomites and South Tyrol as well as travelling tips concerning the italian Dolomites area and the individual tourism and travel areas of the provinces of Bolzano, Trento and Belluno.
A novelty is the interactive map of the Sella Ronda ski circuit in the Dolomites of Italy. You can see on the map the animated course of the green and orange Sellaronda with the lifts, including the location of the accommodations in the Dolomites.
Where are the italian Dolomites?
The Dolomites are a wonderful mountain group of about 16,000 km² located in the Eastern Italian Alps, south of the main chain of the Alps. They are extending over the three northernmost regions of Italy: Trentino - Alto Adige, Belluno and Friuli - Venezia Giulia.
The awesome bright colour and the red reflection of the Dolomia rock, admirable mainly during the sunset, are caused by the high content of the mineral dolomite MgCa(CO3)2. This name is due to the French naturalist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750 - 1801) who discovered and studied this unique rock.
What are the highest mountains of the Dolomites of Italy?
The rays of the morning sun shining on the Dolomite mountains, forcing the wonderful alpine flowers into bloom on the surrounding pastures and in winter shining on the snow covered peaks and beautiful slopes.
The final sun rays in the evening create a symphony of colour resulting in a rosy alpenglow, typical of a sensational sunset in the northeastern side of the Italian Alps.
The highest peaks of these impressive Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the Marmolada (3343 m - 10,968 feet), also called the Queen of the Dolomites.
Other well-known mounts and peaks of the Dolomites in Italy are:
the Sassolungo: Sassolungo (3181 m - 10,436 feet), Punta Grohmann, also called "Sasso Levante", Torre Innerkofler, Dente del Sassolungo, Punta delle Cinque Dita, Cima Dantersass, Sassopiatto, Spallone del Sassolungo
the Sellagroup: Piz Boè (3152 m - 10,341 feet), the famous Torri del Sella, Piz Sëlva, Piz Gralba, Piz Miara, Le Mëisules,, Piza Vallon, Piz Rotic, Ciampanii de Murfreit, Torre de Murfreit, Piz Lastiës, Piz Ciavazes, Piz da Lech, Sass dles Diesc, Sass dles Nu, Col Turond, Col Alton, Sass de Pordoi, Piz Beguz, Piz Ciavazes, Pisciadù, Dent de Mesdì, Sas de Mesdì
the Odle (Geisler Spitzen) near Seceda: Sas Rigais (3025 m - 9,925 feet), Pitla Fermeda, Gran Fermeda, Gran Odla, Sas de Mezdi, Furchetta, Sas dal Ega, Sas dla Porta, Col dala Creusc, Odla de Valdusa, Piz Duleda
the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen): Cima Grande (big peak) (2999 m), Cima Ovest (western peak), Cima Piccola (little peak), Punta di Frida
the Catinaccio: Catinaccio d'Antermoia (3.002 m), Cima Catinaccio, Croda dei Cirmei, Cima di Larsec, Cima Scalieret, Torri del Vajolet, Croda di Re Laurino, Cima Sforcella, Roda di Vaèl, Pizzo di Valbona, Cima delle Poppe, Croda Davoi, Crepe di Lausa, Cima di Mezzo del Principe, Cogolo di Larsec, Punta Emma, Torre Gardeccia
the Sciliar (2563 m)
the Civetta-Moiazza: Monte Civetta (3220 m), Piccola Civetta, Monte Coldai, Torre Coldai, Torre d'Alleghe, Torre di Valgrande, Punta Civetta, Cime di Mede, Torre Venezia, Cima delle Busazze, Monte Moiazetta)
the Monte Pelmo (3168 m)
the Monte Antelao (3264 m)
What are the Italian Dolomites famous for?
The best ski resort in Italy, the best biking, walking, hiking and climbing valleys and parks are connected with each other in this wonderful mountainous paradise, in the hearth of the Alps, offering a breath taking scenery from many different angles and amazing half-day or one day hiking trails (summer) and slopes (winter).
The wonderful nature with the well marked footpaths, best hikes, trails and slopes, the possibility of skiing in winter (Dolomiti Superski area with its 1,200 km of ski slopes, 12 valleys, and 450 modern lift facilities with one skipass), climbing (Via Ferrata), walking, hiking and also mountain biking will make your stay in this region an unforgettable experience.
Noteworthy travel destinations
Noteworthy destinations for a trip are also all the passes and the lakes such as the Lake Prags (Lago di Braies), Lago di Fiè and near the Dolomites the Lago di Caldaro, Lago di Monticolo, lake Anterselva and in about 2 hours driving time Lake Garda as well as cities with their old towns and arcades for a sightseeing tour, tour of art, culture and history or shopping such as Bolzano, Trento, Bressanone, Brunico, Merano and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
When should I visit the Dolomites in Italy for skiing, hiking or mountain biking?
The best time to visit, travel, to explore and enjoy the alpine regions of the Dolomites in Europe for a winter sport and ski vacation, between the snow-capped peaks of the Trentino - South Tyrol region (Alto Adige), depends on the needs of skiers or hikers. The skiing season starts in December with the Super Premiere ski-opening offer (usually until the first weekend before Christmas, detailed information on the Dolomiti Superski website).
The winter season usually lasts until Easter Monday (some resorts remain open after this date), if the snow conditions are good. The Christmas and New Year's Eve period is ideal for those who love the Christmas atmosphere and want to celebrate New Year's Eve in the mountains. January and February (Carnival) for couples, groups and families. February, March and April are very popular by the sun lovers, because of the longer days.
When can you hike the Dolomites? In spring the hiking and mountain biking season begins around late May / early June. Sometimes the peaks of this mountain range in this holiday region are still covered by snow. The blooming meadows and the longer days of June attract the hikers, climbers and cyclists. July and August are highly appreciated for a vacation in the Dolomites (Unesco World heritage Site in Italy). September and October offer a colorful and peaceful landscape; ideal for a travel trip, trekking, walking and mountain biking or cycling.
Where to stay in the Dolomites?
Are you looking forward to spending your ski, hiking or mountain biking vacation in the Dolomites Italy? If so, then you should definitely consider staying at one of the accommodations in the italian Dolomites. There are many accommodations to stay in the Dolomites, from luxury resort or beautiful hotels, design or wellness hotels with Spa or for adults only hotel to cozy holiday apartments, chalet, garni or bed & breakfasts. Some of them offer great views of the mountains, while others provide access to to slopes, lifts, hiking or mountain bike trails and other outdoor activities and sport.
Discover this region on this site and let us show you various accommodations. You can view and refine your selection in the map of the Dolomites.