Holidays in Corvara & Colfosco

Outdoor adventure in the mountains with Italian style and charm, it’s the best of both worlds in Corvara & Colfosco

From swimming in the pure waters of Biotope lake, to discovering the WWI trenches and open-air museum at Cinque Torri, to making a long Italian lunch the activity of the day - Corvara and Colfosco have summer covered. Both villages sit in the Alta Badia region, known for its fine food and wine, an active lifestyle, and mountains so uniquely beautiful they’re UNESCO protected.

National parks, geological sites, mountain lakes

There are two nature parks around Corvara and Colfosco, the Puez-Geisler (or Puez Odle) and Fanes-Senes-Braies. Together they provide mile-upon-mile of pathways to explore - far more than can be covered in a single holiday - with stunning views, colourful wild flowers and various geological sites well worth a visit. For a day out, hop on the local bus and head up the road to La Villa to potter about the pretty village and grab a bite to eat next to Sompunt Lake. On your way back to Corvara, visit the 16th century Colz Castle in a picture-perfect location.

Eating your way through the Dolomites: a taste of the Italian Tyrol

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out here; Alta Badia is one of the best regions in the Dolomites for gastronomy, whether it’s a casual pizza you’re after or a Michelin-starred meal. The key is fresh, local ingredients, from speck (cured ham) to cheese and dairy products. A mountain hut is the place to head for a low-key, traditional lunch, and they tend to have the best views of the surrounding mountains.

Family walking through a UNESCO heritage site

The Dolomite mountains are no doubt the main attraction of Corvara and Colfosco, and walking through the landscape is why most come to the region. There are so many trails to choose from; The Cascate del Pisciadu walk is roughly 8km, starting in Corvara and ending at a beautiful waterfall. For another non-technical route, take the Boe gondola from Corvara then jump on the Vallon chairlift and before you know it you’ll be enjoying 360 degree views and gentle walking trails in the sunshine. The gondola system in the area is fantastic if you're exploring with children. It means you can experience the incredible views without putting too much strain on little legs!

Whether it’s on an electric, mountain or road bike, you'll be in good company around Corvara

The whole area is crazy about biking - with over 350 routes to choose from. Hire a bike and head out, whether it's cruising along a gentle cycle path in the valley with children, or jumping on a lift to enjoy the thrill of downhill mountain biking (teens will love it!). Keen road bikers should grab an e-bike (yes, you’ll need the battery boost) and ride around the famous Sella Ronda. Though it’s not particularly long - around 65 kilometres - there’s a huge amount of up-and-down (almost 2,000 metres in altitude); it’s a bucket list cycle for good reason!

Why book a summer holiday in Corvara & Colfosco with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Corvara & Colfosco's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Corvara & Colfosco include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Hotel Col Alto in Corvara, as featured in the Daily Express

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All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

Walking in and around Corvara & Colfosco

On an Inghams walking holiday, you have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Make each day a new adventure, with as much or as little walking as you like.

Why we love walking in Corvara & Colfosco

When you’re up in the Dolomite mountains, everywhere you look is absolutely incredible – from walking at sunrise or sunset and catching the famous 'enrosadira', when the sun hits the peaks in such away that they emanate a pinky-orange glow, to stopping off for a typical Tyrolean lunch in a rustic mountain hut. Whether you’re new to walking, and just love strolling through the sublime mountain setting, taking in the gravity of nature, or you’re an expert hiker looking to scale challenging peaks and push yourself to the limit in pursuit of a rare viewpoint, Corvara & Colfosco have got you covered. It’s this variety of landscapes, trails and rich food that makes us come back to this area again and again.

Getting around Corvara & Colfosco

Cable Cars

All of our hotels are within walking distance to a nearby cable car, all but one within a five minute walk away, making it easy to head up into the mountains and start walking straight away. In the summer, most lifts open from mid-June until early October. The Alta Badia official website has the most up to date information about the opening times of the main lifts in the area.

Bus

The buses are a useful and affordable way of hopping from place to place in the Alta Badia. To get from Corvara to Colfosco, all you have to do is take the no. 460 bus which takes under 10 minutes, or if you’re a foodie then head slightly further to the resort of San Cassiano on the 465 bus which takes around 25 minutes.

Our Favourite Walks in and around Corvara & Colfosco

Cascate del Pisciadu

Walking from Corvara to Colfosco through grassy meadows, which are lovely underfoot and through shaded woodlands. You’ll cross bridges over streams and listen to the gentle trickling of the water as you head to the bottom of the dominating Sella Massif, the Dolomite mountain range that towers above you, in contrast to the gentle meadows and streams you’ll pass on the way! This is where you’ll find the Pisciadú waterfall which rushes down over the mountain rocks. This is a gentle walk, ideal for families, or just a relaxed moment to enjoy the nature surrounding you.

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3.7km (walking time approx. 1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Ascent and descent: 204 metres (ascent) 14 metres (descent)
  • Terrain: asphalt surfaces, woodland, meadows

Sass da Ciampac Circumnavigation

See the Dolomites from a totally different perspective on this circular walk. Not as the lush green coated mountain range that you see in pictures but from the top you’ll experience the striking, rocky side of this mountain range; almost as if you’ve hopped on a space shuttle and landed on the moon! This is a great walk if you want to experience the ‘Dolomite Giants’, the Sella Group, the Mittag Valley, Puez Group, Sassongher, Sasso Croce Group, Lavarella, Conturines, Lagazuoi and Val Gardena and Val Badia. See how the landscape changes as you head from the grassy meadows of Corvara and the Gardena Pass and up to the Sass da Ciampac, down into the picturesque Edelweiss Valley.

  • Grade: Challenging
  • Distance: 13km (walking time approx. 5 hours 30 mins)
  • Ascent and descent: 950 metres
  • Terrain: dirt tracks, forested paths, curated paths, roads
  • Getting there: Taking a taxi to the starting point of the walk at the Passo Gardena takes approx. 15 minutes

Lake Crespeina

Walk all the way up to the Crespeina Plateau at 2,370 metres to visit the Crespeina lake which puddles between Val Gardena and Val Badia. The lake has a legendary past and in Ladin folklore is believed to have been the place where a dragon unleashed his wrath on the lake and surrounding area. You’ll also come across another lake during this walk, Lake Ciampaise. On a good day, the lake will be full of crystal clear mountain water, but it does have periods where it dries out – so it’ll be a matter of luck!

  • Grade: Moderate-Challenging
  • Distance: 9km (walking time approx. 4 hours)
  • Ascent and descent: 450 metres (ascent) 930 metres (decent)
  • Terrain: dirt tracks, forested paths, natural paths, curated paths, asphalt surfaces
  • Getting there: Taking a taxi to the starting point of the walk at the Passo Gardena Car Park takes approx. 15 minutes
Useful Information & Guidelines

Recommended equipment

Suitable walking shoes with good grip, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, sun cream, sun glasses, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a re-usable water bottle, a snack and cash. You may find walking poles useful.

Walking maps

For an idea of the walking trails in the area check out this digital walking trail map from the Alta Badia official website.

Hiking guidelines

The mountains are a natural paradise, with lots to explore and discover. To help it stay that way, and remain an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, we recommend following our little list of do's and don'ts:

  • Plan your route well and don't over-estimate yourself
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone where you're planning to walk and what time you're expecting to be back
  • Take all the recommended equipment
  • Make a note of emergency numbers:
    • Italian Emergency Services: 112
  • Don't leave the marked trails or go onto a glacier without a guide
  • Let nature stay wild by not picking flowers (it's illegal in some places) or getting close to/making contact with wild animals
  • Always leave gates as you found them and don't climb over fences
  • Leave no trace

Check out our Responsible Walking insider guide if you want more tips for your summer walking holiday.

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The Sporthotel Panorama is in a fantastic position on the mountain side above Corvara. It's just a 15-minute walk from the centre of Corvara and the perfect starting point for walking and cycling trails.

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Hotel Mezd 3316

The Hotel Mezdi has a smart contemporary style and it's surrounded by the towering peaks of the Dolomites. The impressive spa facilities make for a very relaxing stay and it's perfect if you need to recuperate after spending the day out and about exploring the area. You can expect great service and food here too.

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Hotel Col Alto has been welcoming guests for over 70 years and it's one of our most popular hotels in the Dolomites. It's known for its warm hospitality, regional food and drink and superb spa. It's in the centre of Corvara and a five-minute walk from the main walking lifts, making some of the most stunning mountain trails in the area easily accessible.

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Pension Angelo, Corvara Summer Holidays, Dolomites

Pension Angelo's a great choice if you want a simple mountain base for your walking holiday in Corvara. It's surrounded by panoramic mountain views and there are some great walks straight from the hotel. 

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Hotel La Plaza Comfort Room

Hotel La Plaza is a comfy hotel located in the centre of Corvara. Immerse yourself in the sublime Dolomite landscape; it's the ideal place to stay if you're looking for beautiful views and varied walking trails. 

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Hotel La Villa with Dolomite Mountain Backdrop, Summer Holidays

Hotel La Villa's relaxing hotel immersed in nature. In a quiet spot next to a river which leads to Corvara and Colfosco, this is the ideal mountain retreat if you're looking for a peaceful walking holiday in the mountains.

Things to do in Corvara & Colfosco

There's two nature parks here, both part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Puez-Geisler and Fanes-Senes-Braies parks provide miles of exploring with great views, wild flowers and geological places of interest. 

Have a day out and head to La Villa, just up the road. Potter round the pretty village and grab a bite to eat and a drink next to Sompunt Lake. On your way back to resort, visit the 16th century Colz Castle. This impressive building has a rich history and makes for a great photo with the Dolomites in the background.  

Food & drink 

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out here. Alta Badia is one of the best regions in the Dolomites for gastronomy and whether you fancy a casual pizza or a Michelin-starred meal, you’ll find it here. Local food is the star of the show in most restaurants so try speck (cured meats) and the local meats and dairy products. We love grabbing lunch in a mountain hut – they have the best views. If you’re celebrating a special occasion then book a table at  La Stüa de Michil in Hotel La Perla – it’s been awarded a Michelin star for its food.

Activities

Walking is one of the main attractions here – there’s so many trails to choose from thanks to the two national parks. We recommend the Cascate del Pisciadu walk. It's about eight kilometres starting in Corvara and out towards the woods before ending at a beautiful waterfall. Other activities in the area range from a game of tennis to a round of golf.

Family activities in Corvara & Colfosco

Corvara and Colfosco are great for families who just love being outdoors! If you’re looking for activities for all ages this is a great area to visit; teenagers can try out more adventurous activities such as para-gliding while the little ones have fun in one of the local play areas and nature parks.

Family activities

In Corvara and Colfosco there are lots of fun activities to try out including ice-skating, climbing, tennis and archery. They have big play areas with paddling pools and deck chairs. For teenagers, why not try a more thrill-seeking activity such as tandem paragliding over the mountainous terrain; there's no better way to take in the views!

Adventure Park Colfosco's a great place to head for a family day out. It's high ropes courses of various levels are immersed in wooded nature and will keep children entertained for hours. If climbing indoors is more your speed then head to Corvara's boulder centre, an indoor rock climbing centre.

Fantastic for biking

This area is also really well set up for biking with over 350 routes to choose from, so there’s plenty of choice if you want an easier child friendly route or a challenging ‘thrill- seeking teenager’ route. If you just want to stick to going down the mountains, then it's easy to jump on a lift and enjoy the descent back down, clocking up the miles as you go.

Family nature walks

If your family love nature, then the Movimënt dles ês programme in Corvara is not to be missed. It's a nature project which teaches all age groups about the importance of bees within our eco-system, through interactive experiences and fun signposting, as you walk through a nature park. These projects are fantastic opportunities to get children engaged with nature and the importance of preserving it for generations to come.

Good to know

Walking trails: 400km of walking trails and easy access to other valleys and mountains in the Dolomites

Terrain: Varied terrain from mountain climbs to flat, grassy meadows

Best time to go: June to mid-September. It can get hot in August but the high altitude walks are a great way to cool off

Best for: all walking abilities, nature, activities, food & drink, families

Fly into: Innsbruck S24, Venice or Verona S25 (approx. 2 hours) 

Fly from: Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle (S25 only) 

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 mins from Innsbruck, 3 hours from Venice & Verona by coach

Resort Card: Super Summer card – access to over 100 cable cars and chairlifts in the Dolomites area (purchase in advance online before your holiday)

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in Corvara

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