What to do in the Dolomites during the summer?
Even if by photo, if you have seen the Dolomites covered with snow, you know that the mountains are of an impressive beauty! What few know, however, is that visiting them during the summer can be a great option. Today we will know what to visit in the Dolomites during the hottest season of the year! 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!”
A little more about the Dolomites …
The Dolomites form a mountain range in the eastern Alps in northern Italy. The area passes through the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Udine and Pordenone, having its highest point in Marmolada, which is known as the Queen of the Dolomites, (Trentino) and has an impressive 3,343 m of altitude. The name “Dolomites” is due to the French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, who was the first to describe the rock that gives name to the mountains, the dolomite. Dolomite is a type of carbonated rock responsible for the characteristic shapes and the unique color of these mountains. Before the 19th century, the Dolomites were known as “Pale Mountains”. Find out here Where to stay in the Dolomites?
When we talk about mountains, we immediately think of winter, right?
Start to consider it WRONG! Let’s change that thinking, guys! Hahaha… Famous for its snow season, the Dolomites enchant – and offer many options for walks – also in the summer (see our section Climate in Italy). In fact, as they are more empty, it is a great option for those who do not make a point of seeing snow and prefer to walk in places with more tranquility – if we compare to the southern Italian in the same period, which is CROWDED! Always remembering that, even in the summer, the temperatures (especially at night) can ‘plummet’ in some moments and, in the highest places, the snow may still be present, which does not take away the beauty of the Dolomites in the summer, OK ?!
Well, without further ado, today we will know what to do in the Dolomites during the summer …
Well, the Dolomites are in 5 Italian regions: Veneto, Trentino, Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Lombardia, and therefore access is not the most difficult, it will be difficult to choose who area of the Dolomites to go to, since they are all fascinating. Guys, it is clear that if we were to list ALL the tours to do in the Dolomites during the summer, we could write a book, as there are, in fact, MANY options. On the official website of the Dolomites, you can get inspired and check maps and itineraries made especially for those who want to stroll alone, as a couple, with the family; it’s very complete. Also read What to do in the Dolomites when traveling with children?
Good to know…
Dolomites are ‘divided’ into groups. They are: Sella, Marmolada, Tofane, Langkofel Group, Geisler Group, Peitlerkofel Group, Puez Group, Fanes Group, Schlern, Rosengarten, Latemar, Pala, Luson Mountains, Civetta, Pelmo, Marmarole, Cadini Group, Cristallo Group, Sorapiss, Antelao, Bosconero, Vette Feltrine, Schiara, Prague Dolomites, Sexten Dolomites and Friulan Dolomites.
To get an idea of the size of the mountain range, below we list the main parks in the region:
- Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park – 77,865 hectares – Click Here!;
- Dolomites d’Ampezzo Regional Natural Park – 27,675 hectares – Click Here!;
- Naturpark Fanes-Sennes-Prags – 25,453 hectares – Click Here!;
- Paneveggio Pale di San Martino natural park – 48,680 hectares – Click Here!;
- Naturpark Schlern-Rosengarten – 6,796 hectares – Click Here!;
- Naturpark Sextener Dolomiten – 28,750 hectares – Click Here!;
- Naturpark Puez-Geisler – 10,722 hectares – Click Here!;
- Adamello-Brenta provincial natural park – 153, 320 hectares – Click Here!;
- Friulane Dolomites regional natural park – 37,000 hectares – Click Here!.
Today we bring you some tour options in the Dolomites during the summer. Let’s take a look?
1) What to do in the Dolomites during the summer? WALKS …
In the Dolomites area, lovers of hikes are fulfilled! The paths are almost endless and you will find trails for families – such as the Concordia & Sky Scraper scenic path at the top of Kronplatz; for those who want to make a gastronomic itinerary (the tour of temptations in Latemar, which passes through 8 refuges where you can taste typical dishes of the area), for those who like adventure – suitable for those who already have experience in long walks (the Traversata del Gruppo Sella is 1200 meters high and it takes you 8 hours to complete the journey) – it is a walk immersed in nature with surreal panoramas!). Bolzano: full day private hike through the Dolomites or Cortina: full day private hike through the Dolomites.
2) What to do in the Dolomites during the summer? TO CYCLE …
For those who LOVE cycling: the bike paths are also noteworthy, with incredible tracks! Both MTB (Mountain bike) or e-bike (electric bikes) cycle paths cover around 700 km of mapped routes, more than 1000 in the bike area between Val Gardena and the Alpes di Siusi, this just around the Cortina d’Ampezzo. If you already have experience with pedals, you can venture on the Sotto “Le Odle” tour in Val Gardena; for those who prefer something more peaceful, there is a trail of more than 5 km that runs down the slopes of Tognola Uno, in front of the Pale di San Martino di Castrozza; if you are looking for pure adrenaline and want incredible descents: your destination is the Single Trail Plose, in the Isarco Valley. Are you with children? No problem: head for the 32 square km of Parque Moviment, in Alta Badia. Read also The best bike routes in Italy!
3) What to do in the Dolomites during the summer? VISIT THE LAKES …
Meet the lakes! The lakes of the Dolomites are AWESOME! Needless to say, for photography lovers, the region is a full plate, isn’t it ?! We have a special post with the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites and you can read this post by clicking here!
4) What to do in the Dolomites during the summer? EXPLORE LOCALITIES …
There are a multitude of incredible places in the Dolomites. Valleys, lakes, refuges. We have gathered some of them to give you an idea of what awaits you:
Surrounded by the Sciliar, Sella and Sassolungo mountain ranges, it manages to please all audiences during the summer: from children to the elderly! Here you can practice all sports, take cultural excursions between the castles, hike and make the most of the fresh air! Ortisei, in addition to having a very cute historic center, offers numerous Ladino craft stores. Most hotels in the area are well equipped and many offer SPA, restaurants, full board and areas reserved exclusively for families with children.
One of the most famous places in the Dolomites: Cortina D’Ampezzo! Loved by Hemingway, who defines her beauty as ‘incomparable’, it lies between the Northern Dolomites and Pelmo. The city doesn’t stop, not even during the summer: it attracts VIP tourists and offers luxury hotels, shops, bustling nightlife, and much more! It is very well structured and leaves nothing to be desired.
Alpe di Siusi
The rogue magic! Here is the largest plateau in Europe and it is like entering a magical world! Sciliar’s stunning silhouette is the backdrop for anyone looking to explore the meadows on horseback; there are farms here, Lake Fiè and the locals love to tell stories of witches and elves to children!
One of the dearies of the Dolomites! It is one of the most popular destinations, as it is here that is the gateway to the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the main symbol of the Dolomites. Right on the border with Austria, you find the famous Drava bike path. The outward journey is “a calm sea”, that is: every man is a pilot! The return is somewhat tiring, but the gods will also help you, as the view is wonderful and the way back is served by one of the most picturesque railways in Italy. This is where one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites is located: Lake Braies; in fact, we have a very special post dedicated to him and you can read it by CLICKING HERE! In time: the villages of Dobbiaco and San Candido are a must!
Val di Fiemme
For those who love horse riding, this is one of the best places! In this valley you can find fifteen villages and the territory has a thousand-year relationship with the horses! For an unforgettable ride, a good suggestion is Lagorai,, among other incredible areas! Do you like water? Gather courage and adrenaline and dedicate yourself to rafting no riacho Avisio.
Val di Fassa
For those who like panoramic views, this place is for you! Surrounded by the mountains of Catinaccio and Marmolada, in summer it offers great options with departures from here to the Queen of the Dolomites! There are levels of difficulty in walking for everyone: from the simplest to the most complex! If you like hiking outdoors, welcome to your ideal destination!
Madonna di Campiglio
Called the pearl of the Dolomites, it is close to the Brenta group and is within the Adamello Park, home of the brown bear. It started operating with tourism in the middle of the 19th century, and conquers everyone who passes by! During the summer be sure to take an excursion to the Vallesinella waterfalls. Do you like fishing? Then you can enjoy the incredible Laghetto di Campiglio.
For lovers of extreme sports. Piz Boè Via Ferrata is the most demanding path of the Sella group. It has a suspension bridge and it is recommended only for true adventurers. Corvara is in a privileged position in Sellaronda, and here the famous Bike Day takes place, the non-competitive summer event reserved for experienced cyclists or not.
Do you know which are the 10 mountains considered the most beautiful in the Dolomites? Follow the list:
- La Marmolada – the queen of the Dolomites.
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo – icon of the Dolomites area.
- Pale di San Martino and the Lunar Plateau – named like that, because it resembles the lunar terrain.
- Mount Pelmo – they say that God sat here to admire the Dolomites right after finishing his ‘work of art’ and seeing them ready. He himself would have been delighted!
- Sciliar – it would have been the work of the Devil, since the landscape changes (a lot!) according to the angle of the mountain.
- Tofane Massif – it made the Dolomites famous in the world in 1956, as it was the stage for that year’s Winter Olympics.
- Monte Cristallo – it offers one of the most beautiful views of the Dolomites.
- Sassongher – considered the ‘perfect mountain’; this for its well-designed and almost flawless shape!
- Monte Borgà – famous for its mountains that resemble books, with their very characteristic shapes.
- Cima Tosa – the dearie of climbers! Its walls seem to have been made for lovers of this sport.
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What to do in the Dolomites during the summer? In today’s post we saw that if when we talk about Dolomites you immediately think of winter, you are quite mistaken! The Dolomites offer options for everyone, all year round! Is it worth the visit? A LOT! Especially for those who want to disconnect from the big cities and live unique moments immersed in nature!
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