Dolomites - train or car in January

Old Oct 24th, 2003, 05:57 PM
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Dolomites - train or car in January

I want to include a 1-2 day trip to Bolzano when my husband and I go to Italy in January. I initially intended to take the train up from Verona but after reading this forum it sounds like we'll be missing out on the real beauty of the Dolomites if we only go so far as Bolzano. Plus, I would love to stay in a chalet and do a little hiking (don't ski). So is there a more authentic Dolomite town that is train-accessible (and requires at least an afternoon stop in Bolzano)? Or should I risk driving up in the middle of January?

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Old Oct 25th, 2003, 02:20 AM
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Sid - None of the 'authentic' Dolomite towns are accessible by train - the rail routes only skirt the Dolomites.

For a real feel of the Dolomites you I suggest you head for the higher valleys such as:

- upper Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi (Ortisei, Selva, Santa Cristina, Castelrotto), OR

- upper Val Badia (Corvara, Colfosco, San Cassiano).

The Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi area is most accessible from Bolzano - from where there is a good bus service.

If you choose to drive in this area in January you will need snow chains. I would not recommend it personally - it's easier to use the ski buses.

For a short stay with excellent hiking options I'd recommend ORTISEI - the most attractive village in the Dolomites IMO.
From there you have access to many lifts in the whole of the upper Val Gardena area.

www.val-gardena.com

Hope this helps ...

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Old Oct 25th, 2003, 04:53 PM
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Thanks Steve! I will look into taking the train to Bolzano and the bus to Ortisei. Do you have a favorite hotel/chalet there?
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Sid - I can't recommend a favourite in Ortisei as I've never actually lodged there. But there are numerous options from B&B's to hotels.

Here are some websites with accm listings/info:

http://www.valgardena.it/

http://dolomitesholiday.com/default4.asp?L=3

http://dolomitisuperski.com/content.asp?L=3&M=251

http://www.dolomiti.it/eng/

Hope this helps for a start.
Let me know if I can be of more help ...

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Old Oct 26th, 2003, 06:07 AM
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I would recommend the Hotel Angelo-Engle in Ortisei
http://www.val-gardena.com/hotel/ang...lish/index.htm
We've stayed there and loved it.
Also great location walkable to town.
 
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Just a side note incase you will not spend the night in the Dolomites...Bolzano is a great city, surrounded by beautiful mountains,gondolus up the mountains for hiking, castles, vineyards ect. We have stayed there 2 times and ventured into the Dolomites for day trips. I would have loved to stay and hike in the small towns in the Dolomites, but at the time of year we were there, most things were closed, and we ended up really liking Bolzano...it was not really a compromise to stay there. This hotel is a short walk along the river to the city center, has parking, and has a fabulous restaruant and food, and the young couple that own it are very warm. It is not a chalet, but is very nice and reasonably priced.

http://www.hotelhanny.it/
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