Best Places To Visit in the Dolomites
The Dolomites, an area of mostly mountainous terrain in northern Italy, are undoubtedly one of the best places in Italy for a great vacation experience and spectacular natural beauty. The area has picturesque mountainous peaks, gorgeous towns with cascading flower-filled valleys and breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. In addition, the Dolomites have some of the richest and diverse flora and fauna in Europe. One must not miss the unique Italian tradition of cultivating wild mushrooms in a circular farm environment. This is one of the attractions that add more charm to the Dolomites as a holiday destination.
If you are considering spending your next summer in Italy, look no further than the Dolomites. The beautiful hills, dotted with quaint little villages is an ideal destination for all generations, both young and old alike. You can choose to stay in one of the many villas and self catering apartments available in this region of Italy. The family friendly atmosphere and the proximity of the many hiking trails makes it a perfect family vacation. Most of the hiking clubs and institutions in the Dolomites offer private hiking camps where you and your family can enjoy the beautiful environment and outdoors. Hiking during the winter months is also a great opportunity for a family getaway, especially for kids as you will be able to explore snowy landscapes and exciting mountain trails.
If you and your family prefer outdoor activities than hiking is a great sport for all ages. With most of the Dolomites having some of the highest peaks in Italy, there are plenty of family hikes suitable for all levels of abilities and stamina. Some of the more popular hikes include Ditta De Montalcino (The Tower Of Talgo) which has a steep climb up to 1500 meters above sea level, past Piazza Castello and towards the Dolomites’ highest point, Corte di Montalcino.
If you prefer some fresh air with some fresh sunshine, then a walking trip to the Piazza di Fassa or Piazza Grande is a must do activity for all ages and fitness levels. It starts off with a short walking tour through picturesque village and goes on to follow the shoreline all the way up to the heart of the dolomites. If you are worried about the safety of the Piazza di Fassa due to the high rocks and dense forest, then you can always visit the Piazza Grande with its modern and safe pedestrianised walkway. As well as this, many of the family hotels, villas and apartments have their own restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you entertained.
Another family-friendly activity that you can do in the dolomites is going crazy with the golf! You can start off by renting a golf cart and hit the greens at your leisure and without having to pay the hefty fee that most golf courses charge their clients. The beautiful Cortina & La Gazzola course is right in this town. For those of you who are a little older but still love playing golf, then why not try out one of the family-friendly par 3 golf courses in Lecce, Begur or Cortina. The Begur course is recommended for kids aged five years and above, while Lecce offers a wide range of courses suitable for all ages.
If you’re looking for a different way to spend your days, then why not go on a nature trail adventure? A typical nature trail in the Dolomites consists of a mix of uphill, downhill and moderately difficult climbs. Hiking through the woods or up mountain trails allows you to witness the true beauty of the Italian countryside. Hiking is also a great way to get away from the hustle of city life. In addition to being a great outdoor activity, hiking also serves as a fantastic way to build up your physical strength.
Aside from being a great outdoor activity, you can also organize some family hikes together. One of the most popular hikes that most families enjoy doing together is trekking to the Dolomites’ peaks. There are plenty of places around the Dolomites that can give you amazing views of the Dolomites and Piedmont Lakes. Aside from enjoying the sights from above, you can also practice your mountaineering skills and go on some exciting and challenging hikes that are sure to bring you a breath of fresh air after your short hike.
If you want to have fun as well as exercise, you should definitely organize a trip to Italy to hike the Italian Alps and visit some of the most famous Dolomites destinations like the Dolomites’ Lakes and the Val d’Elsa Alps. You can choose from many hiking trails, including the famous “Malga Tourmalinei” or the “Queen of the Dolomites.” These famous hikes take about two days to complete and involve lots of climbing, swimming, camping and stops to view the remarkable natural landscapes.