The Dolomites Travel Guide
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The area between Bolzano and the mountain resort Cortina d'Ampezzo is dominated by two major valleys, Val di Fassa and Val Gardena. Both share the spectacular panorama of the Sella mountain range, known as the Heart of the Dolomites. Val di Fassa cradles the beginning of the Grande Strada delle Dolomiti (Great Dolomites Road—SS48 and SS241), which runs from Bolzano as far as Cortina. This route, opened in 1909, comprises 110 km (68 miles) of relatively easy grades and smooth driving between the two towns—a slower, more scenic alternative to traveling by way of Brunico and Dobbiaco along SS49. Scenic it is—the road passes into a stark, high-altitude landscape punctuated with the needle-like mountain peaks, climbing to 7,346 feet.
Classic Dolomite lodging options include restored castles, chalets, and stately 19th-century hotels. The small villages that... read more
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Things To Do in The Dolomites
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Driving in the Dolomites: Your rental Fiat will think it's a Ferrari on a gorgeous drive through the heart of the Dolomites.... Read more
The French nobleman and geologist Déodat Guy Silvain Tancrède Gratet de Dolomieu (1750–1801) got his name applied to the Dolomite... Read more
For many overseas visitors, the Dolomites conjure images of downhill skiing at Cortina d'Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio. But summer, not... Read more
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