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Where to Stay in the Dolomites?

The most famous mountain range in Italy offers several accommodation options. Do you want to know where to sleep in the cities of the Dolomites? So stay with us because we have prepared a short list with tips on where to sleep in the cities of the Dolomites!

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Where to Stay in the Dolomites?

The Dolomites are the most famous and sought-after mountain ranges in Italy, especially in winter, for those who enjoy winter sports and luxurious and ideal places for skiing. With constant avalanches, the region is constantly changing terrain, but always maintaining the charm and beauty that mesmerizes its visitors. Today we will know where to sleep in the Dolomites. Do you want to know where to sleep in the Dolomite cities? Then read this post about the Dolomites and see our tips on accommodation and where to sleep in the beautiful cities where the Dolomites are! 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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Introduction

First of all, it is important to say that the best way to get to know the Italian Alps, that is, the Dolomites, is by car. This is because there are no train lines between cities and public transport can take time, especially in winter, when they are crowded. See our section on Transport in Italy!

About the Dolomites

The Dolomites, also known as “Pale Mountains”, for their white-covered peaks, are mountains on several levels. The area is part of UNESCO World Heritage and covers 141,903 hectares of territory in the regions of Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, passing through five provinces: Trento, Bolzano, Belluno, Udine and Pordenone. The mountain range has eighteen peaks that rise 3,000 meters above sea level. The white snow on the mountains enchants our eyes and invites us to make the most of this incredible place! The region is full of lakes, ski resorts, hotels, restaurants and attractions for all ages. Read our post Visiting the Dolomites? 

Important to Know

With that said, let’s find out which are the best cities to stay in the beautiful Dolomites! I already say: it is not a cheap region to stay, this is because it is an area considered elegant and a point of celebrities, especially in winter. ALL cities in the region offer great accommodation options and an enviable tourist structure! They are not big cities, so, opting for a hotel right in the center of the cities or some hotel that requires a short walk to the center, rest assured that you will be very well located with no major problems to get around. Also visit our section on Climate in Italy!

1) Where to Stay in the Dolomite? IN TRENTO

If you want a charming city, you can choose to stay in Trento. The political, religious and monumental center of the city is the beautiful Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), which “shows itself” imposing to majestic noble palaces in the city such as Cazuffi-Rella, for example. In this square also stands the Cathedral of Saint Vigilius. In Romanesque style it was built in 1212 by order of Bishop Federico Vanga. Also not to be missed are the Palazzo Pretorio (Praetorium Palace) and Vanga Tower, which dates from the 13th century. Together with the city’s Cathedral, they form a spectacular complex that dominates the square, which is also where the 18th century Fountain of Neptune is located.

Be sure to visit the Buonconsiglio Castle, which was the residence of the bishops of the city of Trento from the 13th century until the end of the 18th century. Today it houses a number of museums. Also worth mentioning are the buildings with facades in Venetian styles on the elegant Via Belenzani. Two that deserve special mention are: the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, all in red marble, and the Tabarelli Palace, which has 22 profiles of sculpted local historical figures on its facade; both are from the 16th century. Last but not least, visit the 15th century Palazzo Pona Geremia (Pona Geremia Palace). In its impressive facade, the decoration is made with frescoes that reproduce scenes from city life.

The accommodation options that I advise with great value for money are:

2) Where to Stay in the Dolomite? IN BOLZANO

Bolzano, located in the extreme north of Italy, borders Switzerland and Austria (if you want to visit these two countries, check the need for a visa!) and is still called Bolzen by the Germans. The Dolomites are in the eastern part of the city and are impressive in the eyes of tourists! In the region are some of the most popular ski resorts in the area and, therefore, it is a very well attended town, including VIPS, especially in winter. Bolzano: Famous Dolomites Sledge Slope Experience

Piazza Walther

The city’s nerve system is the incredible Piazza Walther (Walther Square). This is where cultural events, nightlife and the best shops, restaurants and hotels in the city are concentrated. This is also where the Bolzano Cathedral is located, which is a must! Another important location is Piazza Delle Erbe (“Herbs Square”), which, with its charming streets, delights its tourists! Bolzano, however, is famous for its impressive Archaeological Museum, almost entirely dedicated to Ötzi, also known as the Iceman.

Ötzi was found in the 90s and died more than 5,000 years ago! Extremely well maintained, the mummy is in a temperature-controlled chamber and is one of the most visited attractions in Bolzano. The discovery of Ötzi’s body created a real uproar in the scientific world precisely because it was so well preserved; this made life easier for scientists who were able to analyze how they lived, what they ate, how they protected themselves from the cold and how they hunted the people of that region at that remote time. It is an unmissable tour!

The accommodation options that I advise with value for money are:

3) Where to Stay in the Dolomite? IN BELLUNO

Belluno is a very (VERY!) Quiet city! Even with the movement of tourists, the city is one of the calmest in the Dolomites, ideal for those who want less movement. The historic center is incredible and, of course, very peaceful. One of the few cities that has maintained its mountain lifestyle. It is surrounded and protected by the majestic walls of the Dolomites with the famous Schiara Gusela de Vescovà, a 40 meter high tower, symbol of Belluno.

The city’s architecture impresses with its medieval buildings. The Old Market Square, which was once a Roman fort, competes in a healthy way with the beauty of Piazza Duomo, which also houses the Palace of Rectors, the Cathedral and the Palace of Jurists, which today is the seat of the Civic Museum. Also in the city we find the beautiful Dolomiti Bellunesi Natural Park, characterized by an almost untouched nature, still wild and fascinating that presents us with rocky peaks and ‘enchanted’ valleys, watered by pure and crystalline water!

Tip

  • In the northern part of the city is the so-called Queen of the Dolomites, the city of Cortina d’Ampezzo. It is one of the most famous places for those who want to ski and enjoy winter sports, in addition to having a lively nightlife, especially during the winter season. This area is full of very interesting resorts that brings together fun, good food and sport in one place.
The accommodation options that I advise with great value for money are:

4) Where to Stay in the Dolomite? IN UDINE

Udine is home to many 18th century masterpieces, especially in its main tourist spots such as the city’s Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Oratory of Purity. The city lies between picturesque squares and canals and the oldest part involves elegant palaces in Venetian Gothic style, such as the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) or Loggia del Lionello (Lodge of Lionello), which testify to the secular connection with the Serenissima State, Venice. The Castle and the Civic Museum are unmissable.

The accommodation options that I advise with greatvalue for money are:

5) Where to Stay in the Dolomite?  IN PORDENONE

Perhaps it is one of the least sought after cities for accommodation in this region, so it may be that the prices here are more affordable. (not as a rule, O.K.?!). Here it is possible to visit the City Hall area, where the clock tower and the city’s Cathedral are located, which houses an imposing bell tower.

The main street of the city is Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, which is full of historic buildings such as the famous Mantica – Cattaneo Palace and Ricchieri Palace, which today functions as the Civic Museum of Art. The small towns around Pordenone are also worth a visit! They are beautiful and present pleasant surprises to the tourist. It is ideal for those who like to be in contact with nature and, by car, it is possible to visit beautiful lakes that are around this area.

The accommodation options that I advise with great value for money are:

How were these hotels chosen?

The hotels were chosen considering three main concepts: evaluation, location and daily rate. I want to make it clear that NONE of these hotels sponsored this post. The daily rates may vary according to demand, time of year and room availability. Please always check directly when booking with Booking.com.

Find out more about Accommodation in Italy!

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Conclusion

Where to Stay in the Dolomite? Staying in the Dolomites can be a unique experience. If you are looking for beauty, nature, winter sports, good food, tranquility or excitement, rest assured that you will find a great option in some of the cities in this very impressive region!

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