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Touring the Dolomites: Fun Activities to Do in the Mountains

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As vacation destinations go, a trip to the mountains can mean many different things depending on who you ask. There are those who go to the mountains to enjoy the many different physical activities such as hiking or skiing, while there are also those who go there to enjoy the majestic scenery that can be viewed here. Regardless of the reason, Italy features one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world – the Dolomites.

Running across the northern edge of the country, the valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige border the country of Austria. Once known as the Pale Mountains, it has an unusual mineral makeup that gives it a distinct pink glow in the late afternoon light. Those who visit the Dolomites are enchanted by the beauty that its peaks and valleys contain.

For those who want to visit this impressive mountain range, there are many different activities that you can engage in while you’re here.

Ski Safari

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Skiing is one of the most common activities that people include in their itinerary to the mountains. However, did you know that you can take a tour across the Dolomites in an actual ski safari? This type of tour can span across several days and have various routes that can take you on some interesting areas around the mountain range.

Ski safaris are recommended for more advanced skiers who are looking for a more unique ski experience than simply challenging the various ski runs. The varied terrain of the mountains can really lend an almost magical atmosphere, especially at the end of the day, when you’ve had the chance to survey the beautiful mountain tops and take in the view. Every day is very different from the next as you move from one resort to another while exploring the Dolomite Mountains.

Ski Tour Runs

Compared to ski safaris, skiing tours tend to stick to specific areas throughout the travel duration. Those who love to ski will definitely appreciate this type of tour because you’ll be able to avoid the rush of other skiers who tend to stick around the resort areas. The guides who accompany you know exactly which places you can visit to get the most out of your skiing trip. There are many backcountry areas, such as Marmolada, Alta Via or Val di Fassa, which are relatively isolated while giving you a beautiful and scenic view of the Dolomites. Even if you aren’t an expert skier, you can always find a tour which travels along the gentler slopes while still giving you the full skiing experience that you’re looking for.

Traveling across the Mountains

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Long distance trails run all across the wide expanse of this mountain range. There are various routes one can take, depending on the kind of challenge you want to face. There are trekking runs like Alta Via that focus on giving you the most breathtaking and scenic routes across the mountains. More hardcore climbers can choose to take on the Dolomites via ferrata (the “iron road”) scale it like a true mountaineer.

Whatever type of route that you decide to take, there are many stopovers that will give you the chance to rest up and enjoy the view. The Dolomites are known to have some of the best panoramic landscapes in the world. The unique layering and composition of the mountains gives it a unique reddish-pink hue when the sun hits it, especially during sunset.

Food Trips

A gourmet expedition to the mountains can be an interesting and tasty experience for those looking to sample the local cuisine native the North Italy. In fact, many different types of tours incorporate food and wine tasting as part of their travel package. From traditional dishes to some of the best International cuisine and wines, you have the chance to enjoy the gastronomic delights this region has to offer by partaking in a tour that includes a gourmet experience.

A long day of trekking or skiing is sure to whet anyone’s appetite. Whether you’re eating the local pasta dishes or eating some of the regional game meat, there is a wide variety of cuisine that will entice your palate. If you prefer something less domestic, there are high-class restaurants – like St. Hubertus, a two Michelin star establishment – that can cater to your appetite as well.

Bike Excursions

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For those of you looking to enjoy an unforgettable cycling holiday, the Dolomite Mountains offer an amazing set of routes for both on and off road cyclists alike. Bike enthusiasts will surely appreciate the many mountain passes and valley roads that run through the area. Whether you’re riding through a road running through the heart of the mountains or traversing the gravel and dirt off the beaten track, this is a unique experience that can’t be missed.

All of these things can give your mountain getaway experience a distinct charm that you can’t get anywhere else. The next time you’re thinking of visiting the mountains, try and see if you can fit one of these fun activities into your vacation itinerary.

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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  1. Gary P Scott
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

    Nice post, i love funny things and try to share my joys.
    This post will help me to make more fun with friends in Dolomites.
    Thank you

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