When you think of Italy, you think of its most famous cities (Rome, Venice, Florence) or its coasts and beaches. However, Italy also has large mountains, an important part of the North. The Dolomites, also known as the pink mountains, separate Italy from Austria and offer breathtaking views of the landscapes of those places. They are also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Bolzano is a small town of 100,000 inhabitants and capital of the autonomous province of Alto Adige, or South Tyrol, where you will soon realize that you are in another area of Italy. A quarter of the population speaks German and is also the Italian capital of Christmas, thanks to the Christmas market, very close to the classic markets in the Central European region. Do not leave without visiting the cathedral, built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, and its famous Museum of Archeology, known for harboring Ötzi’s mummy discovered in the Alps.
Cable car to the Marmolada
Near the Pordoi pass, on the border with the Veneto region lies the Marmolada, the most important mountain in the Dolomites in all its splendor! It is one of the most popular parts of the Dolomites next to the Rosengarten and Sassolungo area. If you have time, it is worth taking the cable car because it will take you to the top of the Marmolada, at 3,309 meters altitude.
Afterward, you can visit the nearby towns of Fodom and Arabba, which are worth a stop. Fodom is best known as the birthplace of Caterina Lanz, a woman who defended her people with a pitchfork from a French strike. You can see her statue in one of the squares of the city.
After Falzarego Pass and you will enter the Valley of Cortina d’ampezzo, down to the village where the road ends. Cortina is the most popular place in the Dolomites area for skiers, although it is one of the most touristic it is also the most expensive. It is worth spending at least a day there. If you continue east you will also find Sappada Dolomiti, a great place to organize the rest of your visit to the Dolimites.
This whole trip can be done in one day, but is not recommended. It is best to make several stops and spend the night in the different cities that you will find along the way. You must enjoy the Dolomites and not miss any details.