Dolomites General Resources

If you want to learn more about the Dolomites, then this is the place to be! Here you’ll find articles about the best villages and towns to visit, cuisine and culture, hiking, climbing, and biking, and so much more! Read on for insight into these glorious mountains!

Intrigued? Check out our summerwinter, and specialty trip itineraries, and our itineraries Beyond the Dolomites, and contact us for more information on booking your vacation!

General Resource Articles
Dolomites wildlife

Dolomites wildlife

When visiting the Dolomites keep your eyes peeled for wildlife - whether it's summer or winter, you are bound to spot something extraordinary

Celebrities of the Dolomites

Celebrities of the Dolomites

The Dolomites are not only known for their vast hiking trails and ski resorts, they are also home to some famous personalities recognized worldwide for their excellent work

The Three Languages of the Dolomites

The Three Languages of the Dolomites

While you are hiking down the trail, you may hear “Salve!” (a formal Italian Hello), “Guten Tag!” (Hello in German), or “Bun dé!” (Good Day in Ladin). You may also hear the occasional “Hi” or “Hello” from other like-minded English-speaking travelers, smart enough to hike in or travel to the Dolomite Mountains!

Wine, Spirits & Coffee in the Dolomites

Wine, Spirits & Coffee in the Dolomites

Whether you’re returning from a long hike, finishing up a day of biking the trails or just relaxing after a day of taking in the breathtaking sights of the Dolomite mountains, there’s no doubt you’ve worked up a thirst.

5 Things to Try While Visiting the Dolomites

5 Things to Try While Visiting the Dolomites

Traveling to the Dolomites can at first seem overwhelming, given the size and expanse of the area, so it’s a good idea to prepare a list of things to do ahead of time so you get the most out of your trip. Here are five experiences in particular that should not be missed.

Food in the Dolomites

Food in the Dolomites

Another excellent way to sample the tastes of the Dolomites is to visit one of the many rifugios located throughout the region. These mountain huts offer shelter and many different amenities to travelers, including world-class cuisine. Some even feature top chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants who create gourmet dishes using traditional ingredients of the region

Storms and Lightning

Storms and Lightning

Storm season in the Dolomites region tends to be most prevalent during the summer, typically from June through September, during which time any given month may see between 6 and 10 days where stormy weather is a problem

Unique Products of the Dolomites

Unique Products of the Dolomites

The region is also home to a fascinating population of people and a rich, unique culture that has existed there for centuries. It is from this distinct culture that several products have originated which are just about as unique as the people who produce them.

Fine Dining in the Dolomites

Fine Dining in the Dolomites

Whether it’s because the dishes are prepared with the freshest of local ingredients, that their recipes have been passed down through generations, or that they’re prepared by top rated gourmet chefs, one thing’s for certain: consuming a meal in the Dolomites isn’t just eating; it’s experiencing the very culture of the area.

Climate and  Weather in the Dolomites

Climate and Weather in the Dolomites

If you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Italian Dolomites then you’re in for an amazing treat. Breathtaking views, serene pastures and ancient villages will provide you an experience you’ll never forget and the endless activities available in the area will leave you with stories to tell for years to come.

5 Foods You Must Try in the Dolomites

5 Foods You Must Try in the Dolomites

If you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Italian Dolomites then you’re in for an amazing treat. Breathtaking views, serene pastures and ancient villages will provide you an experience you’ll never forget and the endless activities available in the area will leave you with stories to tell for years to come.

The Ladin Legends of the Dolomites

The Ladin Legends of the Dolomites

Over the centuries, there have been many stories and fairy tales shared among those inhabiting the Dolomites, sometimes changing and evolving but always routed in the beautiful land and mountainous terrain surrounding them. The stories paint intriguing pictures and attempt to describe everyday life in an exciting, romantic and extraordinary way. Some are meant to teach lessons or instill good values, but all are meant to entertain and captivate the listener.

Culture & Lifestyle in the Dolomites

Culture & Lifestyle in the Dolomites

Located just south of the main section of the Alps, the Italian Dolomites are somewhat of a tourist Mecca, offering breathtaking views, peaceful pastures and a step back in history to a time much simpler.

Tourism in the Dolomites

Tourism in the Dolomites

“The Dolomites are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world” states UNESCO*. Recently inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, on June 26, 2009, these mighty mountains hold a wide appeal for hikers, climbers, skiers, cyclists, historians, photographers, and cultural tourists alike.

5 Reasons to Visit Cortina d'Ampezzo

5 Reasons to Visit Cortina d'Ampezzo

One of the most popular Dolomite valleys to visit is Cortina d’Ampezzo. With an beautiful Natural Park, incredible shopping, fun night life, and countless outdoor activities, including via ferrata – Cortina is the perfect location to experience everything that the Dolomites have to offer!

5 Reasons to Visit Alta Badia

5 Reasons to Visit Alta Badia

Val Gardena is one of the most popular valleys located within this incredible mountain region. Visitors there can enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities and mingle with a community of people who embrace their ancient heritage and fascinating culture.

5 Reasons to Visit Val Gardena

5 Reasons to Visit Val Gardena

Val Gardena is one of the most popular valleys located within this incredible mountain region. Visitors there can enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities and mingle with a community of people who embrace their ancient heritage and fascinating culture.

Visit Valparola Pass

Visit Valparola Pass

The majestic high mountain pass of Valparola is located in the Italian province of Belluno. It serves as the divide between the watersheds of the Piave, which flows toward the east and the Adige, which flows westward eventually merging with the Adriatic Sea.

Visit Campolongo Pass

Visit Campolongo Pass

The lowest of the six passes in the Dolomites, the Campolongo Pass connects Arabba with Corvara in the Val Badia. Along with the Gardena Pass, Pordoi Pass and Sella Pass, the Campolongo Pass helps form the infamous ski route known as the Sellaronda.

Visit Gardena Pass

Visit Gardena Pass

One of the nicest things about Gardena Pass is the fact that there are accommodations for visitors right on the pass itself. This means not only can you traverse this lovely pass and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding magnificent Dolomite Mountains but you can also stay there.

Visit Falzarego Pass

Visit Falzarego Pass

The meaning of the name “Falza Rego” is“false king” in Ladin, the local language of the Dolomites people. It refers to the legend of a king of the Fanes, who is said to have been turned to stone for betraying his people. This high mountain pass connects Cortina d’Ampezzo with Andráz and leads to Val Badia through Valparola Pass.

Visit Passo Giau

Visit Passo Giau

The hiking in Giau Pass is fantastic, with a variety of different paths available depending on the desired level of difficulty. The surrounding mountain terrain offers captivating scenery, from flora to wildlife and, of course, the magnificent Dolomite Mountains.

Visit Staulanza Pass

Visit Staulanza Pass

The charming Staulanza Pass connects the Cadore valley in the north with the Zoldo valley in the south. Within the pass there are some accommodations including rifugios, restaurants and bars, all surrounded by the captivating and awe-inspiring Dolomite Mountains which rise up above the area.

Visit Cibiana Pass

Visit Cibiana Pass

The road of the pass is quite narrow and presents a grade of approximately 15% but is still open for use year-round. The area is rich with history and provides access to Monte Rite by way of an old road that was built during the First World War.

Visit Fedaia Pass

Visit Fedaia Pass

The Fedaia Pass is almost overshadowed by the nearby 2km long Fedaia Lake, at the foot of the magnificent Marmolada glacier, also known as the Queen of the Dolomites. The Marmolada glacier is one of the most popular destinations in the Dolomites region for skiers, riders and mountaineers.

Visit Valles Pass

Visit Valles Pass

Located on the border of both Trentino and Veneto, the Valles Pass connects the Travignolo and Biois valleys. This high mountain pass in the beautiful Italian Dolomites also brings together the eastern town of Falcarragh with Tonadico in the west and sits comfortably between the Italian provinces of Trento and Belluno.

Visit Rolle Pass

Visit Rolle Pass

Built sometime between 1863 and 1874 and rising up 1989m above sea level, the Rolle Pass is located in Trentino, Italy and adjoins the Primiero and Fiemme valleys. At the time it was originally constructed, the area was still under Austrian rule.

Visit San Pellegrino Pass

Visit San Pellegrino Pass

Running between Trento and Belluno, Passo di San Pellegrino brings together the lovely town of Moena in Val di Fassa with Falcarragh in the ful Biois Valley.

Visit Tre Croci Pass

Visit Tre Croci Pass

Positioned at an altitude of 1809m above sea level, the Tre Croci Pass adjoins Cortina d’Ampezzo with the road between Dobbiaco and Auronzo di Cadore.

Visit Costalunga Pass

Visit Costalunga Pass

Located just 8km west of Vigo di Fassa, Passo di Costalunga is the grassy saddle that connects the Latemar group with the Catinaccio. It was originally named Carezza, which is derived for the German word for bowl based on the pass’s unique shape.

Visit Duran Pass

Visit Duran Pass

Located in the Italian province of Belluno, Duran Pass is as beautiful as it is unique. It is ideally situated between Zoldo Alto and La Valle Agordina and connects the areas of Agordo . At the summit rests a tiny little church and a couple of restaurants, but perhaps what sets this particular pass apart is the challenge it poses to visitors.

Visit Cimabanche Pass

Visit Cimabanche Pass

The pass itself is strategically located between Mount Cristallo in the south and the Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo mountain in the north.

Visit Cereda Pass

Visit Cereda Pass

Cereda Pass is located between the Italian provinces of Belluno and Trentino in the southern Dolomites. It connects Fiera di Primiero with Agordo.

Visit Pordoi Pass

Visit Pordoi Pass

Located between the Sella group and the Marmolada is the alluring Pordoi Pass. The road that crosses the pass is the highest surfaced road on any pass in the Dolomites and it connects Arabba in the Livinallongo Valley with Canazei in the Valle di Fassa.

Visit Passo delle Erbe

Visit Passo delle Erbe

The lovely Passo delle Erbe serves as connection between Val Badia and the Lüsen valley of Val d’Isarco. There are several access roads that lead to the pass, which rise and descend in different directions. From the pass starts the steep and challenging Lüsen which winds across the valley of the Rio Lasanca.