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Discovering the Unique Beauty of the Dolomite Landscape (Alpine Wonders)

The Picturesque Italian Alps

If you’re seeking one of Italy’s most breathtaking destinations, look no further than the Italian Alps, known as the Dolomites (Italian: Alpi Dolomitiche). This enchanting mountain range is a definite must-see, earning a well-deserved spot on any travel bucket list.

Nestled between the picturesque valleys of Isarco, Pusteria, Piave, Brenta, and Adige, the Dolomites unfold in spectacular grandeur. Located in Trentino-South Tyrol, the highest pinnacle is none other than the majestic Marmolada.

Dolomites hiking

The gateway to the Italian Dolomites is Belluno

Belluno is often considered the gateway to the Italian Dolomites. This charming town is strategically located at the foothills of the Dolomites in the Veneto region. Belluno serves as a central point for those exploring the Dolomite mountain range, making it a convenient starting point for journeys into this stunning Alpine region. From Belluno, travelers can venture into the heart of the Dolomites and access various scenic routes, picturesque valleys, and iconic peaks that define the beauty of this mountainous landscape.

Gateway to the Italian Alps The Dolomites

Traveling from Venice to the Dolomites

The Dolomites are easily accessible from Venice, and there are several transportation options available:

  • By Car: Renting a car and driving is a convenient way to reach the Dolomites from Venice. The journey takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your destination within the Dolomites.  You can travel via the A27 – and maybe consider staying in Belluno to explore from there.
  • By Train and Bus: You can take a train from Venice to a nearby town like Belluno, which serves as a gateway to the Dolomites. From Belluno, you can then take a bus or arrange for local transportation to reach specific areas in the Dolomites.
  • Organized Tours: There are also organized day trips and tours that depart from Venice and take you to the Dolomites. These tours typically include transportation, guided excursions, and the opportunity to explore key attractions.
  • Private Transfers: Some companies offer private transfers from Venice directly to popular destinations in the Dolomites. This option provides flexibility and comfort during your journey.

Before planning your trip, it’s advisable to check the current transportation options, schedules, and any travel restrictions that may be in place.

Getting around

You can make use of public transport, but we would recommend renting a car as this allows you to see all the “hidden gems” in the area which is not always on the public transport routes.

This destination is perfect for the mountain bike enthusiast.

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Dolomites Lago Di Misurina Belluno
Dolomites Lago Di Misurina Belluno

When is the best time to visit the Dolomites

  • Summer (June to August) is beautiful and green and the mountains are full of life.  This is our favorite time, but if you love snow, obviously you would want to experience a winter wonderland.
  • Winter (December to March). An excellent time to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing adventures.
  • Autumn (September and October) is still beautiful in the Dolomites with light snow possibility on the higher spots.

7 Reasons why you should visit the Italian Dolomites:

  • Breathtaking Scenery: The Italian Dolomites boast some of the most stunning and unique landscapes in the world. With towering limestone peaks, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque valleys, the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. The Dolomites’ distinctive pink and orange hues during sunrise and sunset add to the magical ambiance.

  • Outdoor Adventure: Whether you’re an avid hiker, cyclist, or winter sports enthusiast, the Dolomites offer a plethora of outdoor activities. The region is a paradise for nature lovers, providing countless trails, rock climbing routes, and ski slopes for all levels of expertise.

  • ** UNESCO World Heritage Site:** The Dolomites have earned the prestigious designation of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This recognition is due to the unique geological features, diverse ecosystems, and the harmonious interaction between nature and human settlements.

  • Charming Alpine Villages: Nestled among the peaks, the Dolomitic region is dotted with charming alpine villages. These quaint settlements offer a blend of traditional architecture, local cuisine, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Exploring these villages provides a glimpse into the rich culture and history of the Dolomites.

  • Majestic Peaks and Iconic Landmarks: From the iconic Three Peaks of Lavaredo to the majestic Marmolada, the Dolomites are home to some of the most recognizable peaks in the Alps. Each summit has its own unique charm and allure, making them must-see landmarks for visitors.

  • Culinary Delights: The Dolomites offer a delectable culinary experience. Indulge in traditional Alpine dishes, hearty mountain fare, and locally sourced ingredients. The combination of Italian and Tyrolean influences creates a gastronomic adventure that complements the stunning surroundings.

  • Year-Round Appeal: The Dolomites are not just a destination for winter sports enthusiasts. While the region is renowned for its ski resorts, it’s equally captivating in other seasons. Spring and summer bring vibrant meadows, blooming wildflowers, and excellent hiking conditions, making the Dolomites a year-round destination.

Dolomites Pragser Wildsee
Dolomites Pragser Wildsee

7 Best hiking spots you must experience during your stay in the Dolomites

  • Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) – One of the region’s most beautiful lakes. 
  • Lago di Sorapis – A beautiful hiking spot in the mountains.
  • Seceda Mountain – If you love hiking and you love beautiful Alpine views, you just have to go.
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) – The Three Peaks in the Sexten Dolomites are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps.
  • Lago di Carezza (Karersee) – Surrounded by beautiful trees and known for its wonderful colors and its view of the Latemar mountain range.
  • Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) – Explore the Seiser Alm a plateau and the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe. This is a major tourist attraction, notably for skiing and hiking.
  • Lake Misurina (Italian: Lago di Misurina) is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is simply beautiful. (near Auronzo di Cadore – Belluno)

Things to do

Where to stay

Accommodation in Belluno – Dolomites Italy

If you want to spoil yourself or just have an “out of this world” experience, you simply have to book your accommodation at the Cristallo Marriott. 

Cristallo Marriott
Cristallo Marriott

Cheap flights to Belluno Airport

The nearest international airport to Belluno is 97 km to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE / LIPZ).

Other airports include:

  • 87 km to Treviso-Sant’Angelo Airport (TSF / LIPH)
  • 158 km to Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS / LIPQ)

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