The Dolomites

Finishing off our Italy travel series with our adventure into the Dolomites. 

The Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

This is my last Italy post from our family trip this summer. I’ve shared every city and region we visited, save one. As with all good things, at some point they have to come to an end, so other good things can take place.

But I believe I saved the best for last…

Visiting the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

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As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, the further north we went in Italy, the more I loved it and the more relaxed I felt.

This had to do with several things, but the standout reasons are that the weather was cooler in northern Italy and it is mountainous. All in all, northern Italy reminded me of my big green mountains and made me feel at peace.

Hike the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

One of our last stops in Italy was a quick trip into the Dolomites, a mountain range that makes up the southern part of the Alps.

The Dolomites Range - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

As you can see from my photos, the weather during our stay in the Dolomites was a little sketchy. Yet even with scattered showers and cloud coverage, it was completely breath-taking.

Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

We drove north from Verona, Italy a couple hours up to Bolzano. This drive alone, was worth a plane ticket to Italy.

The whole two hour drive, we gazed out the windows at the massive rock formations growing larger and larger the further north we went.

Bella Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

We also noticed that the architecture was changing the farther north we drove. You see, many German immigrants live in this part of the country, so close to the Austrian border.

Bolzano - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

This unique mixed culture of free-spirited Italian artistry and German precision, means the little towns speckled through the Dolomites are meticulously planned, yet full of life, color, and of course natural beauty.

Above the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

You could spend weeks hopping from village to village, hiking, enjoying natural hot springs, and experiencing amazing german-italian fusion food.

The Gorgeous Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

Yet since our time was short in the Dolomites, we headed straight to the city of Bolzano, then used the cable cars to ride up to mountain top villages high above the cityscape.

Cable Car Ride in Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

The cable car ride was another transportation moment that was worth international airfare, just for the experience.

We could not believe how high and how fast we moved over the lush green mountaintops!

Dolomites Cable Car - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

Once we hit the top of the ridge, we got off the cable car and hiked up to several little nearby villages.

Hike the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

After so much eating in Italy, the exercise was very refreshing. Everywhere we looked, the mountains called to us.

It was hard not to break out choruses from The Sound of Music.

The Dolomites (Alps) - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

These hikes were one of the most memorable parts of our time in Italy… Breathing in the fresh mountain air and taking in the glory of nature visible in every direction.

See the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

The Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

The kids are used to hiking at home, so these treks weren’t anything they couldn’t handle.

But that didn’t stop us from taking lots of breaks in the alpine villages.

In the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

All in all, I would go back to Italy just to spend time in the Dolomites again.

Church in the Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

The unique culture and architecture, the relaxed lifestyle, the natural beauty are whispering to me even now.

Going back is not an option. It’s a must, and a privilege.

The Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

The Dolomites - Italy #travel #italy #adventure

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6 comments on “The Dolomites

  1. Betty Lynneposted September 23, 2014 at 6:08 am Reply

    Gorgeous! Love your photos and this region is now on my bucket list. And I want some of what Carson is giving a rather skeptical look in that one photo. Yum!

  2. Gailposted September 23, 2014 at 6:17 am Reply

    Thank-you so much Sommer for all your posts on Italy over the last few weeks, they have been really inspiring. I have been to many places in Italy, including some of the places you visited but it was lovely to be reminded of how wonderful they were and also to have some new places to visit! Wonderful photos too!

    Absolutely love the recipes too (even if converting them to UK measurements & ingredients is challenging sometimes!)
    Best wishes
    Gail

  3. Julie @ Running in aSkirtposted September 23, 2014 at 7:07 am Reply

    oh wow!!!!! I MUST go there! Your pictures are absolutely stunning.
    I felt the same way about Tuscany… the green mountains made me feel at peace :-)

  4. Mandy @ Kitchen Joyposted September 23, 2014 at 11:43 am Reply

    Great post! I’ve been living in Northern Italy (temporarily) for the past few months, and of all of our adventures in this beautiful country so far- the Dolomites have also been our favorite! We are making our third trip this weekend. Thanks for sharing your experience! Your photos are amazing.

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted September 26, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply

    Just gorgeous!

  6. Kari Petersposted September 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit Italy/live there forever and not come home! Loved this post, and I’ll have to catch up on the rest! :)