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4 days in the dolomites - North of Italy

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4 days in the dolomites - North of Italy

we are 4 people, and planning to spend 4 days in the dolomites arriving from Malcesine (Garda) with a car in August.

We need your suggestions how to plan those 4 days :

3-4 nice beautiful places to walk

places to look for hotel/ apt.

Do you think we should sleep the 4 days in the same place or divided it 2 places?

after the dolomites, we are taking Venice direction

thank a lot

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1. Re: 4 days in the dolomites - North of Italy

Having a car gives you immense flexibility.

You can have a large town or small isolated place.

You have the Val Gardena/Groeden


Val Gardena actually refers to the valley area. The village often referred to internationally as "Val Gardena" is called Selva/Wolkenstein

Ortisei/Sankt Ulrich is the largest town in the area.

From Ortisei you can take the Mont Seuc cable car up to the high plateau of Alpe di Siusi/Seiseralm


The next area along is called Alta Badia


Main village here is Corvara

The whole area here is Sued Tirol. Used to be part of Austria (until 1919)

German and Italian are official languages of the region (hence the double place names examples above). 70% speak German ( and about the same % wish they were still Austrian ;-))

Food is a mixture of Italian and Tirolean.

Moving on further you have Cortina d'Ampezzo

From Cortina it is only 2 hours drive to Venice.

In August accommodation could be an issue. In this region many Hoteliers/B&B owners in the main villages actually want 7 nights minimum - Sat to Sat. This means that you may have a reduced choice of accommodation and may also determine where you stay villagewise. If trying to book early you will find a reluctance of any hotelier to take a short booking well in advance.

Apartments definitely more restricted to Sat to Sat.

You may find it easier in accommodation outside of the main villages e.g. On the mountain passes.

On lake Garda you will also have the same problem. Some places may take 5 days.

Nobody (lake Garda or the Dolomites) will want to take a short term booking that straddles a weekend

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2. Re: 4 days in the dolomites - North of Italy


With 3 to 4 days I would base in one location. The Dolomite area isn't all that large and you can see a lot from a central base location in 3 to 4 days. We prefer the Alta Badia as a base location. We stayed twice (10/06 and 9/09) and highly recommend the Ciasa Montanara in La Villa, Alta Badia.



Here's a link to the lifts/cable cars in the Alta Badia:





The Val Gardena is also an excellent place to base. The towns/vilages of Ortisei, St. Christina and Selva are just a few minutes drive from one to the next, so any of the three is a good choice to base in.


We stayed at and can recomend the Garni Ariston in St. Christina.



The fabulous Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi is ideal for walks with a dramatic Dolomite backdrop.



A drive over a couple of the Dolomite Passes is not to be missed. The spectacular Gardena Pass separates the Val Gardena and the Alta Badia. The Sella Pass branches off the Gardena Pass.

Hope this helps.


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