Our outdoor adventure to The Dolomites – a place in northern Italy like no other. The beauty and diversity of the landscape of the Italian Dolomites alone will enchant you – in every season. Packed with stunning views, small quaint villages, plenty of outdoor activities during every season, and a unique culture all its own.
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A trip north in July to get a break from the scorching heat in Tuscany was just what the doctor ordered. It also happened that good friends of ours just designed and purchased an amazing place in the town of Selva di Val Gardena. A charming town in every respect. They invited us to stay a few nights and explore the area they now call home while enjoying some outdoor adventures.
The day we went up on the Dantercepies ski lift it was a bit chilly. We stopped and all enjoyed a new favorite, a Bombardino!
Bombardino is a drink popular in Italy during the winter, especially in ski resorts. It is made by mixing 1/2 Advocaat or eggnog and 1/2 Brandy. It can also be made by mixing 3/4 of hot traditional Italian egg liquor and 1/4 of rum or brandy and served warm with whipped cream!
Where Are The Dolomites Located?
If you’re thinking about venturing off the beaten path in Italy, why not explore the Dolomites (Italian: Dolomiti [doloˈmiːti]) mountains? It will be an outdoor adventure you won’t regret it. They lie in the most northern regions of Italy, Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige, and Friuli Venezia Giulia. They sit between the Austrian border to the north and the Venetian plain to the south.
The Climate in The Dolomites
The climate in this area would be considered typical “alpine.” Rainfall is mainly during the summertime and they get less precipitation than Austria, France, and Switzerland. While visiting in July, the weather changed suddenly on several days with thunderstorms almost appearing out of nowhere and the temperature dropping a good 10-15 degrees. We even had a good laugh as each weather app had a different prediction for the same day. One day we were amazed when it also began hailing and accumulating a tiny bit!
|June & July||Pleasant during the day, and cool in the evening|
|June, July & August||Thunderstorms are more than likely|
|September – November||Pleasant during the day, and cool in the evening|
|December – March||Time to ski with winter in full swing|
|April – July||Spring brings beautiful wildflowers|
What to do in The Dolomites Area?
During the winter, the Dolomite Mountains are best known for their breathtaking views and top-notch skiing. Yet, the summer offers the complete opposite with rolling emerald-colored valleys filled with wildflowers in purple, yellow, blue, and white against dramatic snowy peaks and cliffs. During these few days, we enjoyed relaxing, hiking, and taking a cable car up to a beautiful picturesque area near their apartment.
Hiking is the perfect thing to do in the spring and summer but again, be mindful and prepared for a sudden change in weather.
Adventure to the Queen of the Dolomites
We took a drive through the lovely countryside on switchback roads to Marmolada, the highest mountain of the Dolomites. It lies between the borders of Trentino and Veneto. The Marmolada is an ultra-prominent peak, known as the “Queen of the Dolomites”.
Several cable car rides took us to the top at 3.265 meters or almost 11,000 feet. The panoramic terrace on Punta Rocca provided us with stunning 360 ° views right in front of Punta Penìa, the highest peak of the Dolomites at 3.342 meters.
On the north slope of the Marmolada, you will find a glacier that can be admired from all major lookout points across the Dolomites. I was a little hesitant to step out onto the glacier for several reasons.
- I know glaciers are constantly in motion
- There was only a flimsy orange construction-type netting at the edge
- There was a sign before going outside to “Enter at your own risk.”
But Gary and our friends encouraged me and I overcame – just briefly – and stepped outside for a few photos. Standing on a glacier was a bit of us rush, even for a quick moment in time.
I don’t care for the cold weather and my family laughs that I hate the sight of that four-letter word… SNOW. Our July visit was enchanting and I loved every moment of it. It was wonderful to spend some quality time with good friends while enjoying the fresh cooler air. From photos, the area is simply breathtaking in the wintertime, covered in a blanket of white.
If you have the opportunity, spend a few days and enjoy the outdoors and everything the area offers.