The Dolomites

The Dolomites Travel Guide

The Dolomites are a nature-lover’s paradise, secluded from the most cosmopolitan parts of Italy but filled with enough natural wonders and activities to keep even the most impatient traveler busy. One of the most popular things to do in the Dolomites is to visit the mountains themselves. In winter, the slopes are powdery and inviting to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. In summer, the snow melts to reveal trails for hiking and mountain biking. Take the world’s longest aerial cableway from Siusi to Campaccio for some of the most breathtaking mountain views; in fall and spring, the scenery truly comes alive with changing leaves and flowers in bloom. For more natural beauty, visit the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, located in the Brenta Dolomites. The park comprises more than 80 lakes and is home to a small population of brown bears – a favorite for families. Or walk through the waterfall-lined Val di Genova, often described as one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps.

Looking for cultural things to do in the Dolomites? Visit the Museo di Arte Moderno e Contemporanea Rovereto to take in a stunning collection of contemporary artwork, located on a massive light-filled campus of steel, glass and marble. Or visit Ötzi, the Ice Age mummy, who holds court from his temperature-controlled “igloo” room at the Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige. Architecture lovers should also take a cruise on Il Burchiello, a luxury barge that offers tours of historic Italian villas. Cap off a whirlwind day of cultural sightseeing in the Dolomites with a visit to Terme Merano to take a dip in relaxing thermal baths set among palm-studded gardens.

The gallery displays contemporary artisanas' work.

Serious treks through Western Europe (the Mont Blanc region; the Italian Dolomites), the Himalayas, and southeastern Utah. Accommodations vary by region, from luxury tents to intimate chalets.