Holidays to the Dolomites: An Overview

South of the Alps, the towering peaks of the Dolomites range dominate the landscape, and while a popular ski destination in winter, the summer here is also a great holiday option.

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  • UNESCO recognised the beauty of the region, making it a world heritage site in 2009.

Luxury Holidays to the Dolomites: The Detail

To many people the Dolomites are something of a secret anyway, but word is getting out about this staggeringly beautiful region, and its skiing (and summer holiday) potential. The Dolomite super-ski area comprises some 800 miles of slopes, including the Marmolada glacier, creating a network that rivals the Trois Vallées in France.

Beneath the sheer faces of the Dolomite mountain range, Cortina is the favourite destination for Milanese looking for a ski weekend. Skiers are spoilt for choice as Cortina is part of the enormous Dolomite super-ski region, but the après-ski and cuisine are also a big draw, giving you the chance to wander the boutique-lined streets looking as glamorous as possible.

Summer in the Dolomites

After the snow melts, the mountain landscape morphs into lush green valley pastures and thick forests dotted with remote mountain huts and isolated villages, all set against a backdrop of the sharp rock formations of the Dolomites.

Mountain biking, trekking or climbing are the ideal ways to explore the countryside and there are a wide range of routes to suit people of all abilities and plenty of mountain restaurants to stop at for long leisurely lunches. Stay in quintessentially Italian rifugios, and get between them along trails, ladders and metal steps fixed into the rock faces that allow the non-climbers to experience some of the thrill of mountaineers in a much safer environment.


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The Dolomites is just as great a summer destination as it is a winter one. There are actives galore, in particular summer is perfect for walking, horse-riding and cycling in the mountains.

Dave, Original Traveller

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  • Average Temp. — 8°C / 46°F
  • Rainfall — 7cm / 3.1 inches
Flight from London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr


Top picks for The Dolomites

Panoramic view  at San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge

San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge

The Dolomites

Whether in the worlds of food, fast cars or fashion the Italians are a pretty stylish bunch so it comes as no surprise that this new San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites is utterly immaculate.

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Ciasa Salares exterior

Hotel Ciasa Salares

The Dolomites

Escape to the charming Hotel Ciasa Salares, situated in Val Badia at the heart of the Dolomites. Built above central San Cassiano, this family-run hotel is surrounded by verdant pastures and the woods of Fanes Park, in the land of the ‘Ladin’ people.

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Adler Mountain Lodge

Adler Mountain Lodge

The Dolomites

Nestled into the natural beauty on Alpe di Siusi this wooden hideaway overlooks the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by the tranquillity and peace of its magnificent natural setting.

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Ski The Secret Dolomites

Ski The Secret Dolomites

The Dolomites

To many people the Dolomites are something of a secret anyway, but word is getting out about this staggeringly beautiful region, and its skiing (and eating) potential.

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Hotel Rosa Alpina

Hotel Rosa Alpina

The Dolomites

Hotel Rosa Alpina is located in the small village of San Cassiano, in the northern Italian province of Bolzano, and is owned and managed by the Pizzinini family (members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group). Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Dolomites the hotel has a warm atmosphere of a chic alpine lodge, with log fires and décor based on natural materials such as wood and linen.

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Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

The Dolomites

Not recommended for anyone with vertigo, the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, consisting of iron wrung ladders, footpaths and rope bridges, are an exhilarating series of routes that allow non-mountaineers to experience the higher peaks and most dramatic scenery of this most beautiful of mountain ranges.

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