Top 10 places to visit in the Dolomites

  • 1. Passo Principe
  • 2. Lake Antermoia
  • 3. Tre Cimme
  • 4. Seceda.
  • 5. Lungkofel
  • 6. Mazzin Valley (Fassa Valley)
  • 7. Lago de Braise
  • 8. Lago Dobiacco
  • 9. Lago Mizurina
  • 10. Marmolada

Citta Alta – Bergamo, Italy

It is time to go to my final destination on my journey in visiting the Dolomites. I am taking a long bus drive from Cortina D’Ampezzo to Bergamo. On the way we had a stop in Verona, so I quickly ran into the city to buy one of the best pizzas I had so far in Italy.

Bergamo is famous for it’s upper district, Citta Alta a sixteen century medieval city, characterized by it’s paved narrow streets and home to the twelfth century tower, Campanone, the Basilica Santa Maria, both within the Piazza Vechia square.

Cita Alta is also the perfect place to have a beautiful view over the modern city of Bergamo. The top of the city is at minutes away from the citadel and easily accessible by the funicular.

Further exploring the citadel I stumbled upon this hidden small restaurant where I have ordered myself melon with prosciutto and it was the best meal and combination I ever had.

Everywhere you go, you find yourself going back in time with the help of the amazing Venetian walls and architecture.

Lago di Mizurina & Cortina D’ampezzo

Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level, near Auronzo di Cadore (Belluno). Lake Misurina is where the speed skating events were held during the 1956 Winter Olympics of Cortina d’Ampezzo – the last time Olympic speed skating events were held on natural ice. The lake is only abour 30 min away from Tre Cime by bus, so it’s a must see if you are visiting the Dolomites.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo – The best of the DOLIMITES

Tre Cime is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes with the three massive rocky cliffs surrounded by amazing panoramic views

This is a relatively easy hike, its great for a family hike also, if you are planning to go with kids.

The entire loop is 10 km long, mostly flat and it takes around 6-7 hours to complete with stops for pictures and lunch at the refuge.

The trail starts at Rifugio Auronzo and after a 45min walk you reach Rifugio Lavaredo. During this section of the hike, the massive spikes of Tre Cime loom over you and makes Rifugio Lavaredo seem.

This is were you can also find the WW1 tunnels which connects you with the Tre Cimme reffuge at roughly about 1.5h away.

It’s an epic hike and totally recomand it for anyone who is planning to visit the Dolomites.

Dobbiaco | Lungkofel 2280m

Epic mountain trail from Lago di Dobbiaco | Lungkofel 2280m

Together with Sarlkofel / Monte Serla Lungkofel / Monte Lungo forms the north-easternmost bastion of the Prags / Braies Dolomites. The two mountains are connected by a short ridge, the lowest point of which, Sarlsattel, offers the best ascent route to either summit. Both mountains are famed for their views but nevertheless see only few ascents, if compared to their mighty neighbour, Dürrenstein / Picco di Vallandro in the south. Though the mountains are much lower their ascent routes are longer with more elevation gain to scale.

Lungkofel / Monte Lungo is somewhat hidden from view. While its neighbours tower above Pustertal / Val Pusteria or Höhlensteintal / Val Landro our summit rises above the meadows of Bad Altprags / Bagni di Braies, inside the Prags / Braies Dolomites. Its west face is a sheer, 700m limestone affair, rising like a sentinel above the easy ski runs of the area. North and south faces are also very steep and only to the east does the mountain connect with the aforementioned Sarlattel. The summit appears like a pulpit, high above the valleys of the area.

Lungkofel / Monte Lungo is often climbed together with the higher Sarlkofel / Monte Serla, but only as an afterthought if time allows. However, a visit to the summit offers wonderful views of the Prags / Braies and Sexten / Sesto Dolomites with the glaciated mountains of the Zillertal Alps and Hohe Tauern shining across Pustertal / Val Pusteria from afar.

LAGO DI BRAIES – The best of the DOLOMITES

Lake Braies is a lake in the Prags Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. It belongs to the municipality of Prags which is located in the Prags valley. During World War II it was the scene of the transport of concentration camp inmates to Tyrol.

SECEDA – 2500m | The best of the DOLIMITES

SECEDA – The craziest mountain ridge I have seen so far. It is out of this world.
The Alpe di Seceda is located on the sunny side of Val Gardena, at the foot of the Parco Naturale Cisles-Odle (nature reserve), and represents an ideal base for hikes and climbing tours.

From the Seceda summit you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Dolomites and of all the mountains in South Tyrol – from Ortles to Großglockner (Austria).

 

Verona in one Day – Italy

Verona is a city in northern Italy, with a medieval old town built between the Adige River.

It has many landmarks, one of them is the Verona Arena, which is a huge 1st century Roman amphitheater which currently hosts concerts and large scale opera performances.

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It’s is also famous for being the setting of Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. A 14th century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is believed to be Juliet house.

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A city that we decided to visit before going back to Venice and than home. We arrived safely back to Trento by bus, from where we supposed to take a train to Verona, but unfortunately all trains were cancelled from Trento. We did try looking for shuttles, but due to the fact that it was a Sunday, there was no direct bus to Verona. We went back to the city for a few more hours until the trains started working again.

 

Later in the evening around 8-9pm we arrived to Verona, struggled a little bit to find accomodation because all hostles were booked and hotels and AirBnb’s were really expensive. We did found eventually a room in flat with 73EUR / person / night and it was our only option. We booked the place and went for it to get some rest.

Early in the morning we woke up to explore the city. We started by visiting the Arena, the main market, Shakespeare shooting place and Juliet’s house.

For the rest of the evening we walked up to the hill, enjoyed the sunset, a great pizza and the city lights.

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This is where our trip to Italy ends, a wonderful 5 days in The Dolomites, Venice, Trento and Verona. It is definitely a place I will return in the future, till then SUBSCRIBE to my channel to stay updated with my travels, my next destination will be the beautiful Morocco of Africa.

Snowfall in August – Marmolada – Italy

We have arrived later in the evening to the base of Marmolada and we booked a room in Marmolada Refuge at 2000m altitude. We set down at the table to have a warm meal. We found great food once again, just to discover that this cook was Romanian too.

We asked advice from the owner of the place to understand the best way to climb Marmolada. He was really kind and gave us a map for free, showed us the trail, from where to book all the gear we needed in order to achieve our goal.

We were really pumped up for this one.

Went to sleep early to wake up early in order to follow the plan.

In the morning, big surprise. There was a 10cm snow outside and a -5C – whaaat? this is insane! It is August – how is this possible? We were not prepared to continue the journey, I only had short pants with me and a few trousers which were already soaked wet. At the base we got -5C but on the summit it was -23C.

Decided to roam around in the snow a little bit and take the first buss to Verona and enjoy a bit more sun before the we end our trip in Italy.