Dolomites: how visit the most impressive mountains of the world
First set of suggestions for travellers at first time in the Dolomites territory
Visit the Dolomites is easy, a large grid of international airports near the Dolomitic region and the great railway line of Brenner pass, facilitate the logistic for you arrive and departure. First step is focalise the Dolomites map here below and then check the flights destination from your nearest international airport to one of the airports that you can see in this map. When you have found the best flight for your travel period, check the railway, busses connection form your landing airport to Bolzano.
Your basecamp in the Dolomites
Bolzano is sure the best basecamp to explore the Dolomites because have a optimal central position, and from here is located the central bus station of the SAD (local bus company) www.sad.it from where depart every bus for every destination on the valleys of the Dolomites. From Madonna di Campiglio (west border) to Cortina (east border) your starting point will be Bolzano.
If you don’t consider to rent a car to move into the Dolomites and the rest of the Italian territory, the railway will be sure the best, faster and cheaper solution to finalise your arrive in Bolzano in the centre of the Dolomites.
The Italian Governative Railways have an excellent webpage where you can check the different combinations of trains per every date, and buy your preferred tickets. Open this link: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
On the search window, write:
– on the departure field (example):
VENEZIA S.LUCIA (station on the old town) or VENEZIA MESTRE (station near the airport Marco Polo)
– on the arrive field (example):
BOLZANO – BOZEN
then finish with the date/hour (*) and number of passengers.
(*) The summer timetable is available generally from begin April…. in case try with the date of today…. it’s not a great difference between the winter and summer timetables.
As you can see, there are many trains every day that connect:
Venezia / Milan / Rome / Munich with Bolzano.
Isn’t mandatory reserve the train tickets, but is suggested because the Italian big railway stations are always full of people and it’s a big confusion.
Is possible that you find a long line at the tickets offices, and/or make the ticket at the automatic ticket machines when your train is in departure is a strexing experience.
So… is sure better reserve the ticket on the TrenItalia webpage.
Which outdoor activity is better to enjoy the Dolomites?
It depend logically from your preferences and from your fitness status. Consider a basic time of one week to visit the Dolomites and practice some of the many possible outdoor activities
Here below is a short presentation of the “traditional outdoor activities” of the Dolomites.
Hiking in the Dolomites
From one day to multi-days trekking hut to hut
Hiking is sure the easier activity that you can do, because you can choose from single daily tour to 3 week trekking with the most flexible range of options. Check some of my modulare programs at these links:
Central Dolomites Trekking: the most classical hiking tour
The most classical version of the trek that traverse the central Dolomites from west to east. It's a modular and customizable tour from 3 to 5 days with the possibility to reduce or enlarge the single daily sections in base at your fitness condition.
Northern Dolomites Trekking: The longest complete traverse of the Dolomites
The northern trek is a unforgettable Dolomites hiking, a great experience for every “international hiker”. A luxury hike from hut to hut in a traditional Tyrolean landscape, trough enormous vertical walls, is the constant of this classic trekking.
Pasubio Dolomites trekking: along the paths and bunkers of the southern Dolomites
The Pasubio Trekking is a “unique experience” for every hiker. Hiking in the Dolomites of Pasubio, along great trenches and bunkers on elevation of more of 2000 meters is a particular aspect of this modular trekking. Prepare you to see the unimaginable....
Via Ferrata in the Dolomites
The most traditional and popular climbing activity in the mountains where the via ferratas was invented
The via ferratas was a military invention to carry on the top of the mountains soldiers and guns. During the First World War was builded about 100 via ferratas for this reason and after more 500 for touristic reason. Today the via ferrata are a great opportunity for every hiker (not technical climber) to enjoy the exposition of the big walls of the Dolomites. This is our “queen activity” and I have lot of programs for every level and expectations:
Via Ferrata Courses: are you a total beginners? This is your best solution!
Customised courses from a single day to more articulated days, from easy climbs to the maximal expression of difficult on via ferrata. Your choose now is open!
The best Dolomites Via Ferrata: explore at 360° the Dolomites areas with this program
A perfect solution to explore the Dolomites areas, every day in a different valley, but with the commodity to stay in Bolzano, the amazing town of the centre of the extended Dolomites territory.
Via Ferrata in the Central Dolomites: Customised treks, hut to hut, from 3 to 10 days
The best option, if you a are looking for a "taylor made" via Ferrata trekking in the classical central area of the Dolomites. A good first step to enter in the most complex mountain area of the world: the great Dolomites!
Via delle Bocchette: the most classical concatenation of via ferratas of the Brenta
The "Via delle Bocchette" was open on the 1937, it was the first via ferrata trek of the Dolomites. Today is one highlight target for every international via ferrata climber! Simply "mandatory"....
Via Ferrata at Lake Garda and Arco: a perfect solution for the winter months
In the Lake Garda and Arco western Dolomites areas, on the low elevation Sarca valley, exist a particular micro-clima similar at the typical mediterranean clima. Here is possible climb lot of via ferrata in winter or autumn an early spring.
Via Ferrata in the Cortina area: discover these amazing eastern Dolomites
Cortina on the eastern Dolomites is a classic target for many international climbers, don't miss the opportunity to dicover these great walls with the many via ferratas of this area of the Dolomites.
Rock climbing in the Dolomites
The Dolomites are the most large rock climbing area of the world
Don’t exist one other mountain area where is a so high concentration of climbing routes opened in 200 years of climbing history. The Dolomites are sure the best solution if you are looking to approach in your holiday this amazing sport. Many persons are scary to begin rock-climbing… don’t worry, I have prepared a progressive program from the level “total beginner” to expert. Read it now!
Rock climbing Dolomites: a complete and customised program for every exigence
Rock climbing the classic routes of the Dolomites is the maximum experience for every climber. Great climbs with amazing passages along the historic traces of the Dolomites pioneers. Starting from 5.5 to max 5.10 grade.
The regular route of the great peaks of the Dolomites: along the traces of the pioneers
The regular routes of the main peaks of the Dolomites are historical climbs was open on the second part of the 1800, today are exclusive experience for every climber lover of the scrambling and easy grades (III-IV)
Don’t hesitate to ask me more questions about the logistical aspects of your travel in the Dolomites and suggestions for the touristic targets in Italy. The suggestions of the local people are always important, especially in a country as Italy.