The Dolomites

Europe's most striking mountain range

The Dolomites, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for being one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. With its jagged pinnacles of pink rock that redden in the early evening light and sheer, imposing cliffs rising high above the picturesque valleys. Keen walkers will love the many marked trails through flower strewn meadows and for more energetic hikers there are longer, higher altitude trails and some excellent via ferrata. Near limitless outdoor diversions await from the aforementioned walking to cycling, mountain biking, e-biking, geo-caching, historic tours, farm visits, climbing and gastronomic excursions.

With a well-deserved reputation for culinary excellence, the region fuses the best of its Italian, Austrian and Ladin influences to create some of the best food in Italy. In fact, the Dolomites boasts the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in the country - a total of 19. 

Inghams' Dolomite programme includes the celebrated towns of Selva & Ortisei in Val Gardena, San Cassiano, Corvara & Colfosco in Alta Badia, Canazei in Val di Fassa as well as the historic spa town of Merano.

  • from£649pp
Canazei, Mountain Hut

The jewel of Val di Fassa, a summer paradise for hiking and just the place for mountain bike enthusiasts alike. 

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Panoramic view

Set at the foot of the Gardenazza and the Piz La Ila verdant plateau, Corvara along with La Villa two National Parks in the heart of the famous Dolomite Mountains, known for their stunning and unique scenery. Corvara, is the largest village of the Alta Badia with a vibrant atmosphere. The Alta Badia is a centre for walking, climbing and cycling.

  • from£589pp
Merano, Trauttmansdorff Gardens

Merano offers a fascinating blend of Italian and Tyrolean Austrian cultures. Sheltered by high mountains and surrounded by orchards and vineyards, the landscape is Alpine but the climate Mediterranean. The Passirio River which flows through this elegant spa town is flanked by promenades lined with cafés, stylish buildings and parks.

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Ortisei is a large village in the Italian Dolomites, perfect to stroll about in and discover new things.

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San Cassiano, Valley view

Sitting under the indomitable Lagazuoi mountain, the sophisticated village of San Cassiano is the ideal starting point for many exciting hikes and climbs. The charming centre offers a selection of wonderful cafés and restaurants.

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At the head of the splendid Gardena valley, Selva is located beneath the jagged peaks of this most spectacular part of the Dolomites, a particularly beautiful Alpine mountain chain in the Süd Tyrol region of northern of Italy.

 

The relatively small area of South Tyrol in the Dolomites is packed with Michelin starred restaurants. In fact, it has more than any other region in Italy! New stars are being awarded every year, which is a great excuse to keep returning. The cuisine here is influenced by Italy and Austria, so expect dishes like apple strudel (made from the fresh apples that grow in the hills), polenta and hearty dumplings. Regional specialties include speck (cured ham) and panicia (pearl barley with water and milk).

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to award-winning wines in the Dolomites. Reds, whites and sparkling – whatever your favourite is you’re guaranteed to find it here. With only 9% of the region below 1,500 metres, the vines are packed into around 4,900 hectares. Many of these are still family-owned and follow old traditions to harvest the grapes. Stay in Merano and you can visit these wineries to see how the wine is produced and stock up on some bottles to take home.

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