Outdoor Adventure in Dolomites, Italy

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Danielle Di Maio

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  • Italy

  • Adventure Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Outdoors

  • Hiking

  • Mountains

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Curator’s statement

In a world of their own, northern Italy's magnificent mountain range known as the Dolomites may not be the first thing you think of when you close your eyes and imagine the boot-shaped country. However, a visit there is sure to make you broaden your perception of what you once thought Italy was. Known for its dramatic mountains, rolling alpine meadows, dazzling lakes and charming towns, the Dolomites are destined to inspire you and leave you captivated.

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Where to stay around Dolomites, Italy

Hotel Monika

Stylish hotel in the Dolomites with a wellness and gastronomy focus.


Newly-opened, soulful retreat in the mountains with chic design, wellness library, gourmet cuisine and an array of activities.

Forestis Dolomites

Rustic-chic property with cozy château-style rooms offering mountain views.

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Things to do around Dolomites, Italy

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The Dolomite Mountains are a scenic mountain range in northeastern Italy. There is so much to explore all around the Dolomites, and because of the mountainous terrain, hiking is one of the best ways to experience and soak in the natural beauty. Here are my favorite things to do outdoors in the Dolomites!

Hikes and Outdoor Activities in Dolomites, Italy

Explore Cortina d'Ampezzo, a town known for its stunning landscapes, culture and many sporting activities offered. 

Hike the famous three peak mountain. The Tre Cime de Lavaredo is one of the Dolomites most iconic (and easy!) hikes. Three massive mountains rise up from the rolling scenery of the Dolomites and make for the perfect photo-op and hiking experience.

Visit the picturesque Lago di Braies. A trip to this famous lake would not be complete without renting a boat and experiencing the stunning scenery on the water. When finished, hike around the lake for even more views.

Hike around and photograph the beautiful Val di Funes and visit the small village of Santa Magdalena

A hike around Alpe di Suisi is another incredible option to see one of Europe's largest alpine meadows.  

Choose from one of the many hikes around the magical Lago di Carezza. Steeped in much myth and legend, this lake is known for its "brilliant rainbow waters that are the subject of a tale of a beautiful water nymph, a lovelorn sorcerer, and an unrequited love."

Catch a sunset while riding the Renon cable car in Bolzano

Things to do in Bolzano, Italy

Spend a day exploring the town of Bolzano. Considered "the gateway to the Dolomites," Bolzano itself has a lot to love and is not to be overlooked!

Piazza del Erbe

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Runkelsein Castle

Renon Cable Car

Bolzano Cathedral

Weingut Loaker (winery!)

Guncina walk

Day Trips from Dolomites, Italy

Venice is around 2-3 hours from the Dolomites

Lake Como is around 4 hours- great to combine a trip with the Dolomites!

Places to eat & drink around Dolomites, Italy

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The Dolomites are home to the highest concentration of Michelin Starred chefs in Italy. Here are the restaurants you won't want to miss!

Restaurant St. Hubertus

Ristorante Malga Panna

El Brite de Larieto

Where to eat in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Il Vizietto di Cortina

Ristorante Tivoli Cortina

Al Camin

Where to eat in Bolzano, Italy


Cavallino Bianco Bolzano

Restaurant Laurin

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