Ortisei is a large village in the Italian Dolomites where tourism sits alongside woodcarving as the major industry.
This Süd Tyrol region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until it was annexed by Italy in 1919. This dual history of Austro-Bavarian and Italian cultures is fascinating with German still widely spoken alongside Italian. In addition there is also a local historic Alpine language, Ladin, which the majority first language of the inhabitants of this village.
Whichever way you look at it Ortisei (Italian), St Ulrich in Gröden (German) or Urtijëi (Ladin) is both a lovely location in itself and a super centre for summer holidays in the dramatic Dolomites, with walkers and nature lovers attracted by the beauty of the mountains and the flora and fauna of the unspoilt Alpine environment.
Resort Code: ITOT
Languages spoken: English/Italian
Time difference: GMT +1
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Transfer Approx. 2½ hrs by coach.
Please note: Supplements may apply on some flights.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
Shores of Lake Garda £37, full day
Visit Riva and Malcesine on Lake Garda’s dramatic northern shore. Optional boat trip.
Merano and Lake Caldaro £31, ¾ day
Beautiful and sophisticated Merano. The Trautmannsdorf gardens are a highlight.
Classic Venice £56, full day
Venice needs no introduction and being there is a unique experience. We take a motor launch to St. Mark’s Square and from there explore the waterways, bridges and islands of Venice. There is plenty of time to take a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
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Things to do in and around Ortisei
There is a pedestrianised shopping area here, and the local heritage museum and the Church of St Jacob are well worth a visit. The active programme offers a range of free walks and activities. As well having its own walking area, Alpe di Siusi, Ortisei is linked to the Gardena valley and serious walkers may want to purchase the Val Gardena Card the unlimited use of local transport and lifts.
Walking in Ortisei 1,560-2,518m
Ortisei is a mecca for walkers of all levels, from easy strolls close to the villages to challenging high-level treks in the Dolomites. Serious walkers may purchase the Val Gardena card (2012 €78, 6 days & €61, 3 days) which gives unlimited of use local public transport and lifts.
Independent walking: Your representatives can suggest many walks. Excellent walking maps are available locally. Here are some suggestions:
Guided Tourist Board walks: Through the Selva & Ortisei Active programmes, casual walkers can enjoy a full programme of guided walks. They are free to Inghams guests in all hotels. There is something every day, including Sunrise Walks, Sunset Walks, Nature Rambles, walks in the Puez-Odle National Park, Alpine meadow explorations.
The Selva Active programme offers many other activities: mountain biking, cookery lessons, Nordic walking tasters and excursions, visits to local stables, rock climbing for beginners, Yoga etc. Usually free. Pick up a booklet in resort.
Inghams Guided Wanderwalks
Cortina & WW1 Trenches | Moderate | Full day | £40
A wonderful day out in Cortina and the Cinque Torri area. Firstly we visit Cortina with its charming centre and then travel by coach to the Cinque Torri area and take the chairlift* to the feet of these beautiful Dolomite towers. After lunch we walk through the WW1 trenches to discover the events of the war in the part of Italy.
*Cinque Torri chairlift not included - one way €8 / return €11.
Bindelweg & 4 Valleys | Slightly Challenging / Full day / £37
Enjoy the gentle descent through the Sotto Guda gorge with its cascading waterfalls and enjoy the majestic peaks of the Dolomites. If you don’t fancy the walk you can take the cable-car up to the top of the Pordoi Pass before taking a coach to rejoin the walkers at Lake Fedaia.
Please note: Walks are available on a first come first served basis and also subject to weather conditions. Please register with your Rep on arrival.