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CASTELROTTO - Dolomite drives and excursions ... for Kfusto

May 21st, 2007, 08:20 AM
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May 22nd, 2007, 01:58 AM
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Hi LMG - 'Is it worth driving into Italy for several hours of sightseeing to take photos and have lunch?'

YES - definitely

For awesome scenery, the Sella Tour is THE one.

Coming from Innsbruck over the Brenner Pass ... just follow signs for Val Gardena/Ortisei south of Bressanone (- Chiusa).

*Don't miss the cable-car rides on this route. Some of the best are:

- Ciampinoi (- from Selva Gardena)
- Sass Pordoi (- from Pordoi Pass)
- Alpe di Siusi (- from Ortisei)

Hope this helps ...

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May 22nd, 2007, 09:07 AM
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Thanks, Steve! If my boyfriend agrees, I think we're going to go for it!
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May 23rd, 2007, 02:00 AM
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Just as a footnote - if you do plan to do several cablecar rides it will be cheaper to buy a day-pass.

Buon viaggio

Steve
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Jul 20th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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Hi Steve

two months ago you gave me some precious advises on my driving plans through the Dolomites.

Now that we are getting closer to the departure date (August 1), I need to ask you a question on the 'Sciliar' route from Bolzano to Val Gardena (- via Fie', Siusi, Castelrotto, Passo Pinei ...). My question is about the type of roads are SP24 and SP64? I guess they are secondary roads, narrower and looking may be less safe/more dangerous than other "normal" roads (even if very steep and high, like the Sella pass, for instance).

In fact there is a guy in the group, aged over 60, that I'm concerned can feel these roads dangerous/unsafe, and this will happen on our first day in the Dolomites.

Pls let me have your feelings/opinions.

Thanks and regards, Steve.

Manuel.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 04:58 PM
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Hi Manuel,
While I am not Steve James, I can tell you the route you are planning is on "normal" roads through the Dolomites. Actually, IMO, these roads are not nearly as steep and winding as the Sella Pass. After 3 recent trips to the Dolomites I've never driven on a road I felt unsafe or dangerous. Let me correct myself...on our trip last October we were driving over the Gardena Pass from our hotel in Val Badia to Val Gardena around 10 at night and as we got closer to the top we ran into thick fog and we turned around and went back down. The roads are all good but just be careful when "passing" oncoming tour buses on the switchbacks on the passes. Sometimes it can be tight with a bus coming in the opposite direction. Just use common sense and some precaution. Hopefully you wil not let "unnecessary" worry make you nervous before your trip. Have a great time. The Dolomites are absolutely beautiful and amazing!

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Jul 20th, 2007, 05:52 PM
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Steve - a question regarding travel through the Dolomites this fall. We will have a car and plan to nead north out of Venice the last week of October. I know we are not going at the optimum time for mountain touring but have you got a feel for how road conditions generally are that time of year? Do we need to scrap any plans for a look at the mountains or stay further south? Thanks for any feedback. I'd hate to miss seeing some of the scenery. Susan
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Jul 20th, 2007, 06:53 PM
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Hi Susan,
I hope I'm not stepping on Steve's toes again here but we've been to the Dolomites 3 times in the last 6 years and always in October. Last year we were there the 3rd week of October. I wouldn't scrap any plans of seeing the mountains. I can say that we woudn't go any other time of year. We've generally experienced mild days in the 60's to 70's (last year 2 afternoons in low 80's) and chilly nights, generally in the mid 40's. We drove from Cortina to Val Gardena (we stayed in La Villa, Val Badia) and all through the mountain passes...Falzarego, Campolongo, Valparola, Gardena and Sella. No problems at all.
For descriptions and info on the passes:
www.alpineroads.com

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Jul 21st, 2007, 12:59 AM
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Hi Manuel - I agree with everything Paul said.

The Dolomite roads are all generally good and I would have no worries about the Suisi-Castelrotto-Passo Pinei route. Castelrotto makes a lovely stop en route ...

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Jul 21st, 2007, 01:10 AM
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Hi Susan - I haven't been in October but I'm sure autumn would be a fine time to go - as Paul has evidently found.

Have a good trip!

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Jul 21st, 2007, 04:57 AM
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Thanks Paul and Steve for your prompt replies.

Regards. Manuel.
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Jul 21st, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Hi Manuel and Susan,
I wrote a trip report about our Oct. 2006 trip to Austria, Bavaria and the Dolomites. If your interested it is here:

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...2&tid=34893886

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Jul 22nd, 2007, 02:24 PM
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Paul and Steve,
Thanks so much for the information regarding fall travel in the Dolomites. I am thrilled to think we will be able to see the passes, hopefully, without weather problems. Again, thanks for the assistance. Susan
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It looks like we are going to the Dolomites this October. I need to organize a trip for 8 people. We'll be staying in the Dolomites for about four days. We'll be driving in from Engadine/Bozen.

Question 1: Any recommendations on which areas to stay? We'd like to do some hiking but nothing too streneous.

Question 2: Any recommendations on pensions/hotels? We are looking for budget places around 50 Euros per person.

Grazie! Danke viel mal!
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Aug 14th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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Hi Schuler - You really can't go wrong staying in either Val Gardena or upper Val Badia.

Personally I love basing in Ortisei - my favourite village in the Dolomites.

Although most of the lifts will be closed by October, you still have access to some fine hiking country by car.

I regularly stay in Hotel Villa Park in Ortisei and can recommend it. Excellent value ...
www.hotelvillapark.com

The following links have lots of useful info on the Val Gardena area, including hotels/B&B's:

www.valgardena.it
www.val-gardena.com

Slideshow:
http://www.ortisei.com

Let me know if I can be of more help ...

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Aug 14th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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Hi Steve,

That's exactly the information I was hoping. Your recommended hotel looks wonderful and great prices too.

Thanks a million!
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Hi,
The Mont Seuc cable car will be running until October 24, 2007. It is right in Ortisei and goes up to the Seiser Alm. A very nice indoor/outdoor restaurant/cafe at the top (great views from here!)along with easy walks among gorgeous Dolomite scenery.

www.alpedisiusi-seiseralm.com/index.html

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Aug 15th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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Hi Schuler - Hope you like it as much as I do

I forgot to say though - you do realise it's only B&B, don't you? But there are several nice restaurants in town ...

Steve

P.S In case you're interested ... the price also includes free entry to Ortisei swimming pool.
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