Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or history, the Dolomites in northeast Italy offers it all. Part of the Southern Limestone Alps, these “pale mountains” are full of unique attractions. Popular Dolomites attractions include hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, cycling, and sightseeing. In the spring, summer, and fall, visitors come for hiking, climbing, biking, base jumping, paragliding, and hang gliding, while during the winter, downhill, off piste (back country), and cross country skiing are the main attractions. Whenever you come, the views and natural beauty of the Dolomites are sure to amaze you.
Top 8 Dolomites attractions | Mountain & Lakes
#1 The Via Ferrata Routes
Of all Dolomites attractions, the via ferrata, or iron paths, might be the most unusual. Originally built during World War I to aid the movement of military units, these structures were restored and expanded after the war. Ropes and wooden steps were replaced with steel cables, iron ladders, and metal rungs and now provide safe access and breathtaking views to novice climbers.
#2 The Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Spectacular scenery can be found at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, or the three peaks of Lavaredo. This mountain range features a loop hike that takes just a few hours and provides some of the best views of the Dolomites. If you only have time for one hike, this is a great choice.
#3 Cortina D’Ampezzo
Cortina D’Ampezzo, in the province of Belluno, is a town with a thousand-year history. In heart of the southern Alps, this village has retained its distinctive elitist character from when it was a nineteenth century tourist destination. The mixture of visitors and the Dolomiti backdrop make for a unique combination of natural beauty and local charm.
#4 Lago di Braies Lake
If lakes are your passion, be sure to visit the largest lake in the Dolomites, the Lago di Braies. Covered with ice and snow in the winter, this natural lake’s green and turquoise water shines through in the spring and summer.
#5 The Sella Group
A plateau-shaped mountain range, the Stella group features a high plateau that looks like it is suspended on the summit. You can take a cable car to the peak or climb on four alpine passes. Also known as Ladinia, the Ladin language is still spoken in this area.
#6 Livinallongo del Col di Lana Town
Lifinallongo del Col die Lana, another town in the Province of Belluno, offers hiking and fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. World War I trenches, ruins of forts, barricades, tunnels, and a museum also can be visited.
#7 Lake of the Cadore
The largest natural lake of the Cadore, Lago di Misurina is known for its clean air, which is beneficial for people with respiratory illnesses. Speed skating events took place at this lake during the 1956 Winter Olympics, the last time they were held on natural ice.
#8 Lake Carezza
Last but not least, the scenery and views at Lake Carezza make it well worth a visit. Known as rainbow lake because of its unique colors reflecting the surrounding mountains, local legend attributes its colors to a lovesick sorcerer who smashed a rainbow into the lake in a fit of anger.
It is no wonder that tourists have been coming to this area for over 200 years. With some of the world’s best skiing and a wide range of other activities, the Dolomites offer a unique combination of culture, natural beauty, and local charm.
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