What is the best time to visit the Dolomites?
The Dolomites have their territory divided between three Italian regions: Trentino Alto Adige , Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia ; whichever region is chosen to explore this special place, many ask me: “Can I go to the Dolomites at any season?” That is what I am going to tell you in this post! Shall we? What is the best time to visit the Dolomites? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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Before we start this post, I invite you to read this other post: Visiting the Dolomites? The Dolomites are in a very large area of Italy, and it is good to know, at least a little, what these areas are before organizing your trip. That way, you can choose your destination according to your need, OK? Also read Where to sleep in the Dolomite cities?
Well, but what are the Dolomites?
The Dolomites are a mountain range formed by the eastern Alps, and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List . Divided between three regions (Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia), the Dolomites extends along five provinces, which are Trento , Bolzano , Belluno, Udine and Pordenone .
The mountain range has no less than eighteen peaks that rise above 3,000 meters above sea level : it goes without saying that all the places are incredible there, right? The mountains cover an area of more than 90 km, from north to south, and 100 km from east to west. Amid the mountains, you will find rivers, valleys, lakes and passages. The most important rivers in the region are Isarco and Adige, to the west; the Rienza, in the north; Piave, to the east; and Avisio and Cordevole, which flow from north to south through the Dolomites. Discover a group tour from Venice with our partners! Click here to learn more!
- The Dolomites are divided into groups , and to the west of the Adige is the oval-shaped Brenta group, and it is the only one that remains somewhat separated from the rest of the Dolomites.
- The Dolomites are also very famous for the so-called ‘Turismo Bianco’, the famous snow tourism, appreciated mainly by lovers of skiing and winter sports. However, anyone who thinks that the mountain range can be visited only in winter is mistaken! With the passing of the seasons, the mountains ‘change color’ and present themselves, throughout the year, in a splendid, magical and poetic way. Obviously, due to its geographical position, at the highest points, you will still find remnants of snow and this makes the landscape even more interesting!
- What is the highest point in the Dolomites? The so-called Queen of the Dolomites: Marmolada! It is magnificent 3,348 meters high!
Shall we find out what is the best time to visit the Dolomites?
To help you choose the best period for your trip, we will do a brief analysis of the climate in the Dolomites during the year . The predominant climate of the Dolomites is, of course, alpine. What does that mean? It means that it is characterized by cold winter temperatures, with the temperature drop as the altitude increases. Click here to learn more about the Climate in Italy!
The rainy season is during the summer …
The rainy season is during the summer (between June and August – which does not mean that it does not rain at other times of the year; yes, rains are rarer at other times, but they do happen! It rains there every month; it depends on the climate). As we are talking about mountains, the weather can change suddenly during the summer; from mid-June to early August, the weather during the day is hot and, amazingly, temperatures can reach around 30 ° C; at night, we feel the weather cool, and the temperature can go up to 10 degrees without any ceremony! Average temperature during the summer: 29 ° C during the day; 13 ° C overnight.
Good to know …
- From mid-July to mid-August, violent storms can occur during the afternoon. That is, in the middle of a day, with temperatures around 30 ° C, and with a splendid, imposing sun shining, suddenly the weather just ‘change its mind’ and you find yourself in front of a gray, ‘grumpy’ sky, with cold winds and temperatures that ‘plummet’ close to 15 degrees! If you plan to go trekking, hiking or cycling, CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING THE HOTEL, OK?
- Learn more about summer in the Dolomites here!
From September to October (fall)
From September to October (fall), and sometimes until Novembe r, the weather tends to be clearer, with quite cool nights (sometimes cold) and a great chance of snow at the highest peaks. It is in this period that you see the trees in the region, with their broad and elegant leaves, ‘change color’; the woods are dyed with fascinating colors that mix gold, brown, yellow and earth tones! Average temperature during autumn: 15 ° C during the day; 4 ° C overnight.
During the winter
During the winter, the beautiful sunny days represent 80% of the period in total. Bad weather generally comes from the south and southwest. When it appears, it is accompanied by icy winds, which can often close ski resorts for safety reasons (remember that we are at the highest points in Italy; so, it winds, a LOT!); on the other hand, when the wind is over, the weather is clear and the sun reigns again.
In high winter, from December to March
In the high winter, from December to March, it is possible, in fact, to understand why the Dolomites dominate the scenery of Tourism white in Italy: a splendid white blanket of snow is formed in the mountains that, again, totally changes the landscape .
During this period, temperatures, both during the day and during the night, drop below freezing! However, as we mentioned earlier, our King Star shines in the region in 8 out of 10 days! It is worth mentioning that, when the winter sun meets the snow as white as cotton, it offers us a landscape that seems to have been taken from a fairy tale film! It’s too beautiful, guys! During winter, for those who LOVE winter sports, they can consider themselves in paradise: the Dolomites will delight you! Average temperature during winter: 6 ° C during the day; -5 ° C overnight.
- On sunny days, wear sunglasses both for skiing and playing in the snow, preferably the mirrored ones, as the reflection of the sun in the snow can bother the most sensitive eyes!
In the spring
Finally we come to spring, which returns in full force and presents us with a milder climate, longer days, rains and colors that will impress you ! Spring ‘cleanses’ the air and brings back the green of the abundant nature that surrounds the entire area of the Dolomites. The colors of the flowers also attract our eyes and everything, little by little, is reborn! It is one of the most beautiful moments to visit the Dolomites, rest assured! Average temperature during the summer: 18 ° C during the day; 3 ° C overnight.
Dolomites month by month
Below is just a reference of the climate in the Dolomites month by month; I MPORTANT TO REMEMBER that the averages may change without notice from St Peter hahaha, therefore, I reinforce: ALWAYS check the weather forecast before leaving the hotel for your tour, OK?
Important to Know
- If, by any chance, an attention warning is issued – especially during the winter – follow the directions given by the team (or the hotel or the ski slope) and respect the decision and impositions! Everything is done for security reasons and please do not insist.
The maximum average temperature of the month is 11 ° C, and the minimum 2 ° C degrees . About raining, in January it rains 11 days with a cumulative total of 75 mm and 19 days without rain.
The maximum average temperature in February is 14 ° C , while the minimum average temperature is around 4 ° C. February presents about 12 rainy days with a cumulative total around 77 mm. The sun appears for almost 15 days.
The average maximum temperature is 18 ° C and the minimum average is 8 ° C . With almost 14 rainy days, it accumulates a total of 72 mm in the period and, for 17 days, it does not rain in the Dolomites.
Maximum average temperatures always around 23 ° C ; when we talk about minimum averages, we get to 12 ° C. April presents 13 rainy days with a total of 80 mm and 17 days without rain.
Maximum average temperatures 28 ° C; minimum with an average of 16 ° C degrees. In May, the Dolomites have 14 days of rain, with 63 mm in total and 17 days without rain.
We reached an average of 32 ° C of maximum and 20 ° C of average with minimum temperature . About raining, there are 17 rainy days with cumulative 65 mm and 13 days in the month without rain.
Maximum average temperatures are 33 ° C; the minimum average is around 22 ° C. It is one of the wettest months, with 22 rainy days and a cumulative 68 mm. In the other 11 days, there is no rain.
The average maximum temperatures reach 32 ° C and the minimum average is around 22 ° C . It is also a rainy month: 19 rainy days with an average of 75mm; the other 12 days do not show precipitation.
The averages begin to decline: the average maximum is 24 ° C and the minimum average Reaches 12 ° C . The rains start to decrease and it rains for 14 days, with accumulations of 65mm. In September, on average, it does not rain for 16 days.
Average temperatures start to drop, reaching a maximum average of 24 ° C and a minimum average of 12 ° C . Regarding the rains, the weather starts to get drier: it rains, on average, 44 mm – 9 days – and in the other 22, the sun shines splendidly.
In November, temperatures have already dropped well: the total maximum average is 17 ° C while the minimum average reaches 7 ° C! When we talk about rains, November has about 9 rainy days and another 21 dry days. Cumulative average rainfall around 60 mm.
We closed the year with a maximum average temperature of 13 ° C and a minimum average of 3 ° C! It rains about 93 mm (cumulative) for 13 days and it stops raining for almost 17!
What about the snow? When? How much? I want snow, snow, snow!
If you are part of the group that LOVES snow, here is the information: snow falls more heavily in the Dolomites between the end of October and the end of March. Cumulative vary between 50 mm and 450 mm (!!), in the coldest months (some years more, others less!)! The snow record noted in the Dolomites was 14 METERS in 2004, in San Giorgio. IT’S A LOT, A LOT, A LOT of snow!
People, it is important that you know the following:
During the winter, snow may block some roads that lead and bring from some Dolomite locations. Nobody comes or goes; therefore, have A LOT of patience, OK? If you are driving in the snow, REDOUBLE CARE AND ATTENTION , especially if you are inexperienced! I invite you to read this post: How to drive in the snow?
- Are you in doubt ? Hire a transfer, or a private driver! They have experience and know the roads very well; therefore, they will take you to your destination safely and comfortably! Click here with no commitment and ask for a budgeting!
- Heart of the Dolomites: Private 1-Day Car Tour
- Cortina: private full-day hike through the Dolomites
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What is the best time to visit the Dolomites? As we can see, you can visit the Dolomites throughout the year and, throughout the year, you will have delicious things to do there! If you don’t like very low temperatures, go there during the summer or spring; if you prefer the cold to have an excuse to indulge yourself with hot chocolate, winter or fall were made for you to visit this incredible place called the Dolomites!
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