Soaring peaks, chic chalets and alpine trails
Italy’s Dolomite mountains promise year-round adventure. Situated just across the border from Austria in South Tyrol, this is a landscape of evergreen forests and flower-speckled meadows, punctuated by vast, dolomite-stone precipices. It should come as little surprise that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 2009, citing its “superlative natural phenomena”.
Summer here is the season for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. You’ve plenty of scenic trails from which to choose, ranging from low-intensity, family-friendly routes to the more challenging circuits. The vertiginous alte vie footpaths are a must, as they cut through some of the Dolomites’ most heart-stopping scenery – from the three peaks of Lavaredo to the turquoise waters of Lake Braies. Or, if you simply wish to put your feet up and admire the view, the region’s network of cable cars connects many of its high-altitude beauty spots.
Come winter, the ‘Pale Mountains’ turn a whiter shade of pale as they are steeped in fresh snow. Exclusive resorts and chic chalets open their doors to skiers, and the pristine slopes beckon. Visit near Christmas to browse the many festive markets adding seasonal cheer to the region’s tranquil towns.
Enjoy the crisp, alpine air and natural wonders of the mighty Dolomites, with the high level of luxury only A&K provides.