South of the Alps, the towering peaks of the Dolomites range dominate the landscape, and while a popular ski destination with Brits in winter, summer here is often overlooked as a potential family holiday option.
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
The Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa or its sister property the Ciasa
Antersies, both located in the mountain village of San Cassiano,
makes the perfect base. The village played an important role during
WWI as all provisions for the Austro-Hungarian Emperor's troops had
to pass through San Cassiano, and it retains a strong Tyrolean
This surrounding region, known as Alta Badia, offers a huge
array of summer activities for all ages. Mountain biking or
trekking are the ideal ways to explore the countryside and there
are a wide range of routes to suit cyclists of all abilities and
plenty of mountain restaurants to stop at for long leisurely
The Dolomites Kids summer programme at the hotels is designed to
keep children busy and happy for the duration of the holiday so for
the more intrepid parents (or teens) the via ferrata are a must.
These mountain walkways are equipped with fixed cables, ladders,
and bridges and the very first originated in the Dolomites during
the First World War, to aid the movement of mountain infantry.
These climbs offer unprecedented panoramic views of Alta Badia.