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 Dolomites.

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 feel.

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 lunches.

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.

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Summer in the Dolomites, Italy
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Dolomites family holidays: Walk the beautiful trail from Passo delle Erbe around the Puez. Stop for lunch at the Ütia de Börz, and ask to try host Fritz’s famous Speck and Canederli.


Where to go

The Dolomites

The Dolomites

A well known winter ski destination, the northern Italian mountains are also beautiful in the summer. The Dolomites became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.



Italy, we believe, is the perfect all round destination, with so much to see and do and food that is tantalisingly close to perfection.

Where to stay

Hotel Rosa Alpina, Dolomites, Italy

Hotel Rosa Alpina

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.

Ciasa Antersies hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Ciasa Antersies

Hotel Ciasa Antersies is an excellent apartment hotel, set in the beautiful surrounds of the Dolomites.

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Dave is our 'Family Dolomites ' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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