In the middle of the hot and dry European summer of 2018 we make a family trip to Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites. Days are spent hiking, and late afternoon we take a dive in the beautiful swimming pool of the village of Ortisei. Temperatures are generally pleasant and definitely a welcome escape from the sweltering heat of the lowlands.
Northeast Italy’s Dolomites are one of the highlights of the Alps: jagged peaks, scenic alpine meadows, forested valleys and picturesque villages. Of course, this is recognized by many, and this area is therefore by far not the quietest of places. In high season hiking trails tend to be busy, a far cry from what I’m used to up north. Nevertheless, landscapes are absolutely stunning and the area is a must-visit for any mountain enthusiast.
Report > Italy 2018: Dolomites