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The Dolomites, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, is known as one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world with its jagged pinnacles of pink rock that redden in the early evening light. These distinctive peaks provide a stunning backdrop to the pretty towns and villages of this region which are wonderful destinations for those in search of peace and relaxation or a more active stay in stunning scenery.
Keen walkers will love the many marked trails through flower strewn meadows and for more energetic hikers there are longer, high altitude trails and also some excellent via ferrata. But for those seeking pure peace and relaxation in a pristine environment you will be delighted by our superb hotels, all of which offer wonderful spa facilities and excellent local cuisine.
Much of this region was part of Austria until the end of the First World War which explains why German is the first language in many places. But the Selva and San Cassiano areas are also home to the Ladin language and culture which has its roots in mountain farming and craft work.
Where to stay
Selva is positioned in the heart of Gardena Valley, amid the most spectacular part of the Dolomit
The largest village of Val Gardena, Ortisei is a beautiful traditional village renowned for its o
Located at the foot of the striking rock faces of Lavarella, Lagazuoi and Conturines, San Cassian
Corvara, the largest village of the Alta Badia, is located in a sunny valley at the foot of the G
Places to see
From Selva and bookable locally
A day tour to the unique city of Venice famous for St Mark’s Basilica and the glorious palazzos that line the Grand Canal. Your coach will park on the mainland and you proceed by boat to St Mark’s Square where you will have a brief tour before enjoying some free time to explore at leisure.
From Merano and pre-bookable
Bolzano and Renon
Bolzano, capital of South Tyrol, is where Italian and Austrian cultures meet. Optional visits to see Ötzi, the 5,300 year old man! At Renon, a natural plateau, view view the distinctive earth pyramids.
From San Cassiano and Corvara and bookable locally
World War 1 Trenches and Cortina
Visit the site of some of the most brutal fighting of World War 1, the Italian Front. Known as the 'White War' the battlegrounds have been carefully turned into an open-air museum to pay tribute to the many men who fell. You also visit the glamorous resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo for some free time to enjoy the many shops and pavement cafés.
Food & Drink
Of course, South Tyrol has many dishes that are typical mountain fare with Alpine huts and farmhouse restaurants serving simple but delicious dishes. There's nothing better than walking to a hut where you can enjoy a hearty lunch of dumplings or ravioli. However, in recent years there have been many award-winning and Michelin starred restaurants springing up in this area, making South Tyrol a rapidly developing destination for food lovers. Restaurants such as La Siriola and Hubertus in San Cassiano are well renowned.
This mountainous area might note seem a likely place for wine production, and in fact production is quite small, but 300 days a year sunshine plus Mediterranean air currents make for some excellent wine. The most important grape varieties are Vernatsch, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer which are grown on terraced vineyards on sunny south-facing slopes in the valleys.
Suitable for all levels, walks vary in duration and difficulty ranging from one to five hours and aim to show you the most picturesque views and interesting flora and fauna of the area.
Mountain Cinema Walk - 3 hours - Moderate
View the breathtaking views across the Alto Adige Valley to the Ortler, Texel and high Dolomite mountain ranges, seated in an amphitheatre format from the cliff on top of the range.
Via Crucis & Vallunga - 1 ¼ - Easy
From Selva a gentle stroll is taken up towards the village of Daunei from where we join the Via Crucis. Followed by the lovely Vallunga Valley with its attractive San Sylvester's Chapel.
Santa Croce & Armentara Meadows - 3-4 hours - Easy
A gentle walk under the soaring vertical rock faces of Fanes and have an incomparable view across the Val Badia while walking through the Armentara meadows full of tiny lakes and flower displays.