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Last Minute Dolomites w/o Car

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I'm an American living in Ireland, and my partner and I had been planning a 10-day hiking-based road trip in Norway from Aug 22-September 1st. Unfortunately, an unforeseen issue with my bank has prevented me from getting my credit card on time and I won't be able to rent the car in Norway that was essential to every aspect of our trip - from our accommodations to our trekking plans - and we've had to cancel the trip. It was a HUGE bummer to two down-to-every-detail trip planners like ourselves, but since we now have most of the money back and 10 days free from work, we really want to take our hiking holiday elsewhere.

Based on recommendations, we've settled on the Dolomites. Because neither of us have a credit card, we won't be able to rent a car in Italy (did I mention my stupid American self can only drive automatic? sigh). From reading trip reports on here and elsewhere on the Internet, it seems like getting around via public transportation is doable in comparison to other hiking destinations.

As of now, our plan would be to fly into Treviso and then get the train/bus shuttle north.

I have a few questions for experienced, awesome travelers such as yourselves:

1. Is there a village/town in particular that would serve as the best base for car-less hikers? We have heard recommendations for Ortisei, San Candido, Auronzo, and Cortina. Are those doable without a car and have enough trails and lifts in walking distance? How are larger places like Trento and Balzano?

2. How easy would it be for us to switch bases a few times over the 10 days? It seems like there are buses running between all the towns in the region but they don't run very often. I'm not sure if travelers can rely on the buses or if they should be avoided.

3. Being carless, would we be better off sticking with one area, such as only spending our days in the towns of Val Gardena?

If anyone has any experience with a public transportation-reliant trip in the Dolomites, we would love any and all advice! We are not usually such last minute travelers, and this has thrown us for a loop!

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