Travel information for skiing & hiking holiday in the Dolomites
Hello from beautiful Dolomites in Italy, Europe!
When you go back to the beautiful scenery of the Dolomites 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 and skiing area for ski holiday and walking, hiking and biking areas for summer holiday in the Dolomites, part of the Alps in northern Italy.
This travel portal offers valuable Tourist information, the updated Dolomite weather report for the Dolomites (italian: Dolomiti) 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 ski 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 and the restaurants of the Dolomites.
The Dolomites ski resorts, skiing and hiking areas
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 in Italy. 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 in Italy, 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 Italy's 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 and photography spots 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)
Are the Dolomites good for skiing?
The best ski resort in Italy, the best skiing, 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 slopes, 12 valleys, and 450 modern lift facilities with one skipass), wintersport, cross country skiing, 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, Lago di Anterselva and in about 2 hours driving time Lake Garda (Lago di 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.
What is the best time to go to ski, hike or bike in the Dolomites?
The best time to visit, travel, to explore and enjoy the alpine regions of the Dolomites in Europe for a 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 winter 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, February (Carnival) and March 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.
Which town is best for base in Dolomites?
Are you looking forward to spending your vacation in the italian Dolomites? If so, then you should definitely consider staying at one of the accommodations in the Dolomites in Italy. There are many accommodations where to to stay, from luxury resort or beautiful hotels in the Dolomites, luxury, design or wellness spa hotels with indoor and outdoor pool, infinity pool or for adults only hotel, ski-in ski-out hotel to cozy holiday apartments, flats or residence, chalets, lodges, garni or bed and breakfasts. Some of them offer great mountain view, while others provide access to to slopes, lifts, hiking trails for beginners, cycling routes and mountain bike trails and other outdoor activities, family-friendly activities and sport.
Find out about this area on this website and let us show you different accommodations in the towns of this beautiful area. You may display and refine your selection and list on the Dolomite Italy World Map.