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Dolomite Holidays

Champagne air, awe-inspiring mountains, and green forests are what the Dolomites are all about. It is a place of great peace and exceptional natural beauty.

Holidays in the Dolomites are the ideal summer retreat; if you have children, they will love it, and if you enjoy hiking, cycling, and outdoor sports, so will you.

In the winter, people still visit, but I am not a great one for the cold, so my preference is summer.

Others say that the park and the Dolomites in general are more spectacular when covered by snow in winter, but I would rather see the park when it is lush, green, and carpeted with flowers.

However, If winter sports are more your thing, then our Veneto winter holiday guide is a must-read.

Funes in the DolomitesFunes


Nestled in the picturesque Val di Funes, surrounded by rolling green meadows and the awe-inspiring Dolomite peaks, lies Funes, a charming village that boasts not only breathtaking landscapes but also the Chiesetta di San Giovanni, known as the Church in a Field.

As you wander through Funes, you'll stumble upon a sight that seems like it belongs in a storybook. Amidst the pastoral beauty, a small church emerges from the lush fields, this quaint chapel is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and dates back centuries, its weathered stone walls standing as a testament to the village's rich history.

The Church in a Field is not only a religious sanctuary but also a symbol of Funes' deep connection with its surroundings. Surrounded by a stunning natural landscape, this humble church serves as a reminder of the harmonious coexistence between man and nature. It's a place where you can pause, reflect, and find solace amidst the tranquil embrace of the countryside.

To experience the true charm of Funes, plan your visit during the warmer months, when the meadows come alive with vibrant wildflowers. From June to September, the valley transforms into a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi

The Bellunesi Dolomites National Park is one of the world’s most beautiful mountain reserves, extending over 32,000 hectares, is of huge botanical importance in preserving indigenous Alpine vegetation and fauna.

If you visit the park between March and November, I can recommend that you do the Val Falcina trail. It requires no great physical exertion and takes only two hours, but it will give you a good idea of the park.

The trail offers some memorable views of snow-capped peaks and follows the course of the Val Falcina stream through forests and flower-filled meadows.

Encounters with deer and mountain goats grazing in mountain meadows and forest glades are a wonderfully common occurrence. I can still remember the first time I saw a lone deer standing in a field of flowers—exactly like something out of Bambi.

Of course, there are many more trails of varying difficulty, and they are all well marked and not difficult to follow. It is really up to you as to how much you want to exert yourself.

Nearby Lakes

To the north of the Bellunesi National Park are some of the most awe-inspiring lakes in Italy. These are our two favorites...

Lake BraiesLake Braies

Lago di Braies, also known as Pragser Wildsee.

Lago di Braies, also known as Lake Braies, is a lake of crystal-clear turquoise waters that reflect the surrounding peaks and emerald forests that seem to embrace the tranquil waters in a protective embrace. The allure of Lago di Braies lies not only in its natural beauty but also in the sense of tranquility it imparts upon you. Lago di Braies is like stepping into a dream. The peace and harmony of the place are truly remarkable. It's a sanctuary for those seeking solace in nature's embrace."

Beyond its enchanting beauty, Lago di Braies offers an array of activities that allow you to immerse yourself in its serene surroundings. Take a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore, breathing in the crisp mountain air and feeling the gentle caress of a cool breeze on your skin. Or embark on a boating adventure, gliding across the mirror-like surface of the lake as you soak in the surrounding majesty.

For a truly captivating experience, Marco, a local guide, recommends exploring the hiking trails that wind their way through the surrounding forests: "The trails around Lago di Braies offer a chance to connect with nature on a deeper level. From leisurely walks to challenging hikes, there's something for everyone. Don't miss the Prato Piazza hike—it offers panoramic vistas that will leave you in awe."

What I love most about Lago di Braies is its ability to transport you to a realm of tranquility and awe-inspiring beauty. The moment you set foot on its shores, you'll feel a sense of serenity washing over you, as if the worries of the world have been left behind. 

To reach Lake Braies, you really need to rent a car and drive through the picturesque valleys of South Tyrol, savoring the awe-inspiring landscapes along the way. The route from Verona to Lago di Braies (Lake Braies) takes you on a picturesque journey through the stunning landscapes of northern Italy. Here's a suggested route from Verona:

  • Start your journey by heading north from Verona towards the city of Bolzano. The quickest way is to take the A22/E45 highway, which offers a smooth and efficient drive.
  • As you approach Bolzano, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the majestic Dolomite Mountains. Take a moment to admire their rugged peaks and dramatic beauty.
  • From Bolzano, continue your drive northeast on the SS12/E66 road towards Dobbiaco. This scenic road winds through charming alpine villages, lush valleys, and verdant meadows, offering glimpses of the awe-inspiring Dolomites at every turn.
  • Once you reach Dobbiaco, follow the signs directing you to Lago di Braies. The lake is approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Dobbiaco, and the road will lead you through the picturesque Prato Piazza plateau. Remember to check for any road closures or specific driving restrictions in the area before embarking on your journey. 

It's important to note that the lake has gained popularity in recent years. To fully appreciate the tranquility and preserve the intimate experience, it's best to plan your visit during the quieter seasons. Consider avoiding the peak summer months, when tourist crowds tend to be at their highest.

Our Lago di Braies Tip: In summer the lake gets crowded and parking is limited. Go very early. By 9 a.m. the crowds have already arrived. In the early morning, the mist dances across the water's surface, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere that feels like a secret world unfolding before your eyes.

Make sure it is a clear day - the lake doesn't look nearly as good when it is overcast.

Lago di Sorapis

Lago di SorapisLago di Sorapis

Nestled in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, Lake Sorapis offers a breathtaking natural spectacle. If you're seeking a serene alpine escape, this pristine lake should be on your itinerary. Here's how to reach Lake Sorapis from Verona:

  1. Begin your journey by heading north from Verona towards Cortina d'Ampezzo. The most convenient route is to take the A22/E45 highway, which connects Verona to Bolzano. From Bolzano, follow the SS48 road towards Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  2. As you approach Cortina d'Ampezzo, you'll be greeted by the magnificent peaks of the Dolomites. Take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring views and the charming alpine atmosphere of this renowned mountain town.
  3. From Cortina d'Ampezzo, continue on the SS48 road in the direction of Passo Tre Croci. This mountain pass offers scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys and peaks as you ascend to higher altitudes.
  4. Once you reach Passo Tre Croci, follow the signs directing you to Rifugio Vandelli. The trailhead to Lake Sorapis starts near this mountain refuge. Park your vehicle in the designated parking area and prepare for a captivating hike.
  5. The hike to Lake Sorapis is a moderate to challenging trek of approximately 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) each way. The trail is well-marked and offers stunning views along the way, including cascading waterfalls and verdant meadows.
  6. After a hike of about 2-3 hours, you'll be rewarded with the awe-inspiring sight of Lake Sorapis. Its vibrant turquoise waters, framed by towering cliffs and a backdrop of jagged peaks, create a scene straight out of a postcard.

Immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Lake Sorapis is a truly rejuvenating experience. The pristine alpine setting and the untouched natural beauty make it a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

When embarking on this journey, it's important to be well-prepared. Ensure you have appropriate hiking gear, including sturdy footwear and sufficient water and snacks. Check weather conditions and trail information before setting out, and always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the pristine environment.

Our Tip: Go early and make sure the weather is clear for the day ahead. If it isn't don't attempt it. You will need proper hiking gear and you will need to be fit.

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