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Dolomites Walking & Hiking: Mountain Majesty in Northern Italy

Italy, Europe

from $3,898* per person 6 Days June-September
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Bolzano airport, italy
  • Active & Adventure trips
Imagine a rustic mountain hut that serves piping hot spaghetti al ragu and vino rosso. More than a warming hut, the traditional Dolomite rifugio is an oasis of simple comfort and hearty cuisine. No celebrity chefs. No pretense. But they’re like everything in this region - like the sweeping pastures of wildflowers, the raw jagged snowcapped cliffs, the never-ending views from gondola rides, and the charm of Cortina, a bustling Italian Alpine village. They’re vibrant, filled with flavor and satisfying. These days we all work hard, long hours and have fast-paced lives. Isn’t it the perfect time to find refuge in a rifugio?

    Hidden valleys, fairy-tale villages and majestic mountains in a multicultural mosaic
    Ride chairlifts, then hike past grassy meadows, pine forests, alpenrose and mountain huts
    Michelin-starred cuisine in San Cassiano
    Dramatic views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles
    Shop for authentic Tyrolean specialties, such as jams, cheeses and flavored grappa

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hidden valleys, fairy-tale villages and majestic mountains in a multicultural mosaic Accompanied by views of the Sciliar massif, picnic at a 13th-century Gothic castle Hike into the hills above the picturesque village of Fiè allo Sciliar Ride chairlifts, then hike past grassy meadows,pine forests and alpenrose (rhododendron) In an amphitheater of soaring limestone peaks, we gather at a mountain rifugio for a home-cooked lunch of canederli, speck, polenta and other local favorites Taste regional vintages in our hotel’s wine cellar.

Days 3-4 Explore dazzling Puez-Odle Natural Park, one of the most pristine areas of the Dolomites, keeping an eye out for chamois, mountain pheasants, eagles and marmots  A chairlift whisks us to the tiny white 15th-century Santa Croce chapel Our friend Heidi shares insight into the distinct language, culture and customs of the Ladin people  Enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine at St. Hubertus in San Cassiano.

Days 5-6 Dramatic views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles Ascend to Rifugio Nuvolau for staggering vistas en route to an impressive World War I open-air museum  Cortina d’Ampezzo, a sophisticated - and distinctly Italian - ski village set beneath a battlement of stunning mountain peaks, invites a stroll  Ascend by cable car for a hike and perhaps a cappuccino at a rifugio with 360-degree valley views.

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