The Dolomites are a holiday region bursting with natural beauty and diversity. Whether connoisseur, active or adventurous, the Italian Dolomites amaze everyone!
The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.
Let’s discover the must-see spots of the Dolomites holiday region.
Are lakes your passion? Then, be sure to visit Lake Braies. Also known as “the Pearl of the dolomite Lakes”, this is the largest and one of the most beautiful lakes in South Tyrol.
This natural lake’s green and turquoise water shines through in the spring and summer and it is covered with ice and snow in the winter.
Lake Brais is located at an altitude of about 1,500 m above sea level, in the picturesque Alta Pusteria.
The scenery and views at Lake Carezza make it well worth a visit.
Known as ‘rainbow lake’ because of its unique colours reflecting the surrounding mountains, this is a beautiful alpine lake.
Lake Carezza is surrounded by tall coniferous trees and, in winter, it is a fascinating layer of ice for ice divers and documentary film scenes.
The Brenta Dolomites
The Brenta Dolomites are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites.
They are located in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park and include 8 peaks which are more than 3000m high. Moreover, these peaks are well known among mountaineers for their sheer cliffs and tricky ascents.
Did you know that the Brenta Dolomites are home to some of the world’s most famous vie ferrate (trails with permanent cables and ladders)? This include the ‘Via Ferrata delle Bocchette’, pioneered by trailblazing British climber Francis Fox Tuckett in the 1860s.
The Three Peaks of Lavaredo
These three wildly beautiful, postcard-perfect jagged monoliths are extremely iconic to the area. The magnificent mountain massif made the Dolomites famous and symbolise the beauty of this unique natural landscape.
They consist of the Cima Grande in the middle (High Peak, 2,999 m a.s.l.), the Cima Piccola (Small Peak, 2,857 m a.s.l.) and the Cima Ovest (West Peak, 2,973 m a.s.l.).
These three peaks are a magical attraction for hikers, climbers and those who love ski tours.
The Messner Mountain Museum
The famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner created a museum structure in the Dolomites, which is unique in the world. The Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) forms a network of museums located in six extraordinary places in South Tyrol and Belluno.
This is a place of encounter with the mountains, with mountain people and, ultimately, with ourselves. Additionally, every visit is like a mountain tour and a MMM round trip is a unique experience!
Cortina D’Ampezzo: The ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’
Last but not least, let us introduce you to Cortina d’Ampezzo. This attractive high-altitude town is located in the northern extremity of the Veneto region.
The town basically has two tourist seasons: winter and summer. On the one hand, winter is a busy, bustling time for Cortina as it becomes a busy skiing destination. On the other, in summer, it is a popular destination for walkers, climbers and cyclists.
Cortina has a rich history going back more than a thousand years and was one of the places where mountain tourism begun. Such important past matches a bright future: Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the Winter Olympics in 2026, along with Milan.
In this article, we have seen that The Dolomites are a holiday region of incredible diversity.
The beauty of the landscape of the Italian Dolomites alone will whisk you away in every season.
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