10 Top Things to do in Dolomites
Stretched across Northern Italy, Dolomites are Unesco World Heritage. It’s a destination for climbing, hiking, cycling and skiing. It’s equally beautiful all year around and there are plenty activities to do there. Here are some of our top things you shouldn’t miss when in Dolomites. Note that we visited Dolomites in summer.
1. Hike around Tre Cime
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes. Three rock peaks are surrounded by amazing views and you can do the circuit around Tre Cime. The round route will take you around 4 to 5 hours. There are a few Rifugios where you can stop and rest for a bit.
The entrance or the parking fee is 30€ but it will get you through some steep road and right next to the walking trail.
If you have the time I suggest exploring the nearby Lao dei Piano and the Tre Cime caves which are close to Rifugio Locatelli.
2. Lago di Braies
The largest natural lake in the Dolomites reflects colors from blue to green. Perfect for a morning visit when there is not that many people here, because it’s easy accessible by car. You can do the walk around the lake which will take you around 1 hour. You can rent a boat for 28€ for 1 hour and I would highly suggest it! The views are amazing and it’s a fun activity.
3. Gardena Pass
If you are traveling by car be prepared, you will stop at least 10 times just to admire the views. This is probably one of the best roads for roadtrip. The part of it is closed in the winter but the sights are breathtaking all year around.
4. Alpe di Siusi
Rolling fields od green with scattered wooden huts and the majestic mountains in the background. This is the place you can spend days exploring by foot or bike. There are many Rifugios where you can get refreshment or you can pack your own picnic. Also thee are a few hotels here so you can wake up to a perfect view.
5. St. Valentines Church
Above the village of Siusi, in San Valentino, there’s the picturesque church in front of the majestic Sciliar Massif. It’s one of the most beautiful churches in all Dolomites. Surrounded by fields there is the small path through someone’s backyard that will lead you to it.
6. Lago di Sorapis
One of the region’s most impressive sights, milky blue lake with mountain peak reflection. It has settled down on 1925 m high. You’ll need around 2 hours of hiking to get there. But the hike is not difficult, yes you will pass a river, a waterfall with snow slopes, edge of the cliff but it’s an easy walk and not very steep.Be sure to get there early in the morning as you will have the path and the lake all for yourself. Later, around 10 am this place gets very busy and it will take you much longer to reach the lake, depending on how fast or slow the people in front of you are.
Fantastic panorama awaits you on top of the Seceda. You can choose how to reach it, by cablecar (highly recommend it for 34€ from Ortisei), bike or hike. The view is amazing and there are many paths that will lead you to panoramic views, riffugios, grasslands… You can easily spend the whole day exploring the area and you can bring blanket and enjoy the view with a picnic.
8. Val di Funes
Val di Funes is one of many beautiful valleys in South Tyrol area. The area is dominated with green meadows with the background of mountains. The most famous and picturesque place is certainly St Johann Church. This is a perfect place for a short hike to explore the area.
9. St. Jacob’s Church in Ortisei
Traditionally known as the oldest church in Val Gardena, it is located right above Ortisei. It is only a short uphill hike away from Ortisei, or a fun bike ride. A panoramic view awaits you at the top so be sure not to miss it.
10. Rent an e-bike
A fun way to explore Dolomites are by e-bike. You can rent them at Ortisei or most towns nearby. The battery should last you around 5 hours and you’ll have plenty of time to explore. Most of the stuff above is reachable by e-bike. You’ll get the best panoramic views.
Best time to visit
Dolomites are beautiful all year around. Depending on what type of activities you enjoy pick your season. In the winter you can enjoy skiing and other winter activities, and in the rest of the year you can enjoy hiking, cycling and climbing.
Be sure to plan you trip a few weeks before as it gets quite busy all year around. You would be surprised how many people come here.