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Dolomites: Val Gardena or Alta Badia?

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We are planning 5 days of hiking in the Dolomites during the last week of June, and plan to stay in a nice B&B. Not looking for anything fancy, but comfortable and with a nice place to sit with a view of the mountains. I had been looking at Selva di Val Gardena as a good starting point for hikes but get the impression from various discussion boards that the town is mostly touristed and does not seem very authentic. However, it has the advantage of being fairly quick to access the main valley, so if we want to stroll city streets and have dinner in Balzano, Bressanone, or Merano after a day's hike in the mountain, that would be an option. On the other hand, the towns in Alta Badia seem nicer, hiking similar to Selva, and there are a number of restaurants recommended on Chowhound. I get the impression that the accommodations are a bit less expensive there -- leaving more money to spend on dinners. However, if the weather is poor for hiking, and we want to spend the day at a museum, the drive would be longer to the larger towns.
I would appreciate the opinions of people who have been to this area.This will be our first time.

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