Holidays in Ortisei

Ortisei is a lively mountain town with a big heart and access to the great outdoors on its doorstep

Ortisei – or Urtijëi, as it’s better known in the local language of Ladin – is a Tyrolean town in the heart of the Val Gardena. This is a community that’s forged Olympic bobsledders, skiers and figure skaters – outdoorsy folk who don’t stop just because the snow has melted off the mountains. Instead, they spend their summers on the walking and cycling paths. In town, you’ll be welcomed by a close-knit community, famous for its woodcarving tradition – and who take any excuse for a get-together in one of the many cafés and bars.

Mountain walks: up and away on the Seceda gondola

This highly useful gondola carries passengers from Ortisei all the way to the summit of Seceda Mountain. There’s no need to do anything but marvel at the views over the shard-like Odle peaks. But, if you do fancy stretching your legs, miles of walking paths wind through alpine wildflowers and past mountain huts with sun-trap decks. There are also routes down to some of the best mountain biking tracks in the Val Gardena.

Call me Urtijëi

There’s plenty to keep you busy in Ortisei town. The pedestrianised centre is a sweep of arcaded shops, restaurants, churches and cafés, all bundled up in a colourful alpine palette. Friday evenings are when the streets really come alive, with diners digging into everything from pizzas and gröstl dumplings to Michelin-starred menus late into the night, while bands get toes tapping in the summer. Most of the residents speak Ladin as their first language, so it’s a great idea to learn a few words… and to call Ortisei by its Ladin name of Urtijëi.

Never too early for a Nativity set

If you think summer is a strange time to stock up on Nativity sets, then think again. Master woodcarvers have been chipping away in Ortisei since the 15th century, passing on skills through the generations. It’s a revered and sacred art in this neck of the woods (pine woods, to be exact), filling churches with decadent altar pieces and shop shelves with souvenir Nativity sets. Go to Gherdëina museum for a whistle-stop tour through the history of woodcarving.

Buses to Bolzano and beyond

Buses connect the villages of the Alto Adige. Drop by the neighbouring town of Selva, the high-rise rose gardens of Rosarium Uhrerhof, and Puez-Geisler Nature Park, with its lovely hiking loops and mountain huts. Buses also head to Bolzano, the provincial capital of South Tyrol. It’s a university city with a cathedral, galleries, squares and parks, all topped off with a lively mountain spirit.

Why book a summer holiday in Ortisei 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 Ortisei's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Ortisei 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.

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

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

Walking in and around Ortisei

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 Ortisei

Ortisei is perfectly set up for walking and exploring the outdoors. There are so many different landscapes to discover in the Val Gardena, from meadows and farms, to lakes and rocky mountain routes. It's also a great place for spotting local wildlife such as, horses, cows and even marmots!

Getting around Ortisei

Lifts

There are 18 lifts open in Val Gardena during the summer, normally from the beginning of June until early October. If you're planning to make good use of the lifts in the Val Gardena the Gardena Card is really useful and may even save you some money or if you want to explore further afield then the Dolomiti Supersummer pass gives you access to 120 lifts in 15 regions.

For more information on the cards mentioned above check out the 'Cards & Passes' section of this page.

Public transport

For Inghams guests the public buses in the Val Gardena are free. All you have to do is take you Val Gardena Mobil Card with you and you'll easily be able to hop from town to town within the area. This opens up even more areas for you to explore!

Our Favourite Walks in and Around Ortisei

Panascharte to the Seceda

  • Easy to moderate hike
  • 8 kilometres
  • One of the most popular hikes in Val Gardena with views of the Odle peaks

This walk begins with the cable car in Ortisei and takes you to one of the most popular spots in Val Gardens. The stunning Seceda is a 2,519 metre high mountain and part of the Puez Nature Park. It's the best place to go for views of the Odle Group. That means in can get busy in summer so plan to set off early.

Pic Mountain

  • Moderate hike
  • 7 kilometres
  • 360 degree views of Val Gardena

You'll feel on top of the world at the summit of Pic Mountain. Take the cable car from Santa Cristina and hike along to Sëurasas, one of the most scenic look outs in Val Gardena, and the summit of Mount Pic for uninterrupted, 360 degree views of the the Dolomite mountain ranges.

Round the Sassolongo group

  • Challenging hike
  • 17 kilometres
  • Stunning landscapes

Start in Selva on the Ciampinoi lift and hike towards the well-known rock formations of the stone city and to the Passo Sella. Follow the Friedrich August path and take in the stunning views over Seiser Alm, the biggest high alpine pasture in Europe.

You can view lots more recommended routes with interactive maps on the Val Gardena Tourist Office website. You can also see the opening status of the routes here.

Useful Information & Guidelines

Recommended equipment

Suitable walking shoes with good grip, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, sun cream, insect repellent, sun glasses, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a re-usable water bottle, a snack and cash. You may find walking poles useful - you can rent them in resort from around €8 per day.

Walking maps

Val Gardena Outdoor is available for free on Google Play or the App Store and has quite a few walks on there to get you started. For paper maps, we recommend Kompass 59 or Kompass 76.

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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Things to do in Ortisei

Ortisei is in the Val Gardena valley and stretches to neighbouring resorts of St Cristina and Selva. Be prepared to take lots of photos of the stunning area. The pedestrianised streets offer lots of shops and cafes. The Rosarium Uhrerhof, Europe's highest rose garden, is close by and has over 6,000 rose bushes with great views overlooking the resort. Families will love the adventure park and minigolf or taking the lifts to explore the Dolomite mountains on foot or an e-bike.

Food & drink 

There's too many tasty treats to mention but our favourite is grostl, dumplings stuffed with meat and potatoes. The area’s known for serving up traditional Ladin meals and if you want to splash out, we can recommend Michelin starred restaurant Anna Stuben. Just be sure to book well in advance. 

When out and about, visit some of the mountain huts. They’re the perfect place for an Aperol Spritz while watching the sun set.

Activities

There's loads of walking trails in Ortisei. Our favourite area to explore is the nature park of Puez-Geisler. There's loads of great loops with mountain huts along the way for refreshments. Head towards the peak of Seceda for the best scenery and photo ops.

Check out the Dolomite mountains when you visit. If like us you want to save the legs and take the easy route up, just hop on the lifts or better yet, rent an e-bike and make a day of it. 

If you want to get your adrenalin pumping, take to the sky on a tandem paragliding session for an incredible bird’s eye view of the area.

Good to know

Walking trails: 600km 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, families, nature, activities and food & drink

Fly into: Verona (S24 & S25) or Bolzano (S24) (approx. 2 hours)

Fly from: London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle East Midlands & London Stanstead

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 mins from Verona, 1 hour from Bolzano by coach

Resort Card: Free Mobil Card

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

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