San Lorenzo Lodge
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, once a hunting lodge dating back to the sixteenth century, has been painstakingly restored it back to its former splendor by the owners, Giorgia and Stefano. Unique in the Dolomites, this charming and cosy retreat will...
Destination Guide: Dolomites
Once seen, never forgotten. The Dolomites region is an enchanting mountain landscape with soaring peaks reaching more than 3000m high. Vertical cliffs, deep valleys and unique rock formations rise from the gentle foothills, creating a stunning environment all year round. You really have to take a hot air balloon flight over the Dolomites to fully appreciate their glory.
Quaint little hamlets nestle amid glassy lakes and dense forests and cling to steep slopes, and the region’s culture is a mix of Italian and Austrian influences. One of the most exclusive ski resorts and a gastronomic hotspot, is Alta Badia, on the Sella Ronda ski circuit. Cortina oozes Italian glamour while Selva Gardena is a party town and Arraba has a quiet village atmosphere.
Famous for its health-giving spas in the 19th century, the Dolomites continue to boast many luxury spa resorts, and the area is a paradise for hikers. There is a strong focus on families in the resorts, most of which have children’s play areas, mini clubs and family-friendly hotels.
In Winter, The Dolomites have excellent ski, snowboard and cross-country facilities accross two main ski areas. The Dolomiti Superski has an incredible 450 lifts and over 1,200km of pistes across 12 valleys, whilst the Skirama Dolomiti has 140 lifts and 360km, some of them high enough to be skiable in the Summer.
Innsbruck and Verona are the closest international airports for the Dolomites area. The resort of Selva Val Gardena for example is 1.5 hours from Innsbruck and 2.5 hours from Verona by car.
Best places to eat and drink in Dolomites
Traditional local produce such as smoked ham, wild mushrooms, cheese and honey are served up alongside more sophisticated dishes in a region which revels in gastronomy and has strong Italian and Austrian influences. The wines of the Dolomites are well-known, and a third of Italy’s sparkling wines are produced here. Some of the better-known wine regions are Marzemino and Teroldigo.
Award-winning restaurants can be found all over the Dolomites area, but particularly in Alta Badia where there are no less than three Michelin-starred establishments. The same resort runs a ‘Taste For Skiing’ scheme whereby top chefs create wonderful dishes for the area’s mountain huts.
Best time to visit Dolomites
The Summer season for the Dolomites extends from June through to September, and in Winter the ski lifts are usually open from November through to April, and there is limited Summer skiing on the highest slopes and glaciers. Winters in the mountains are long and cold, and Summers are warm with temperatures reaching the mid- to low- twenties in June, July and August.
What we love about Dolomites
The luminous pink and orange glow of the mountains at dusk is a magical vision. No wonder the Dolomites area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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