Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
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Prepare your family to be spellbound by the Dolomites. From the colossal mountains to the lush flower-filled pastures and expansive views from gondola rides. From the simple goodness of polenta and homemade dumplings at rifugi, family-run trailside huts, to the decadence of gourmet cuisine. The Italians call it la bella vita—your family will call it magic.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Bolzano / End Venice
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Discover storybook villages, hidden valleys and awe-inspiring mountains in a multicultural mosaic | Hike through the hills and meadows above the postcard-perfect village of Völs am Schlern, accompanied by views of majestic peaks | Trek on an alpine plateau amid dramatic massifs and colorful wildflowers | Pause at a mountain rifugio for a home-cooked lunch | Climb to heavenly Völser Weiher and enjoy a gelato by the lake | Sample local wines at Prösels Castle, a 13th-century Tyrolean fortress | Our friend Martha invites us into her home for a one-of-a-kind family dinner | At our beautiful hotel, the owner's impressive art collection is well worth a perusal.
A 13th-century hotel with Tyrolean-style décor and delicious regional cuisine prepared by proprietor and renowned chef Stefan Pramstrahler. (pool, spa)
Explore the forests and meadows blanketing the Seiser Alm | Hike toward the twin peaks of Sassopiatto and Sassolungo | Soar above it all on a gondola to dazzling Puez-Odle Nature Park | Celebrate the distinct culture and customs of the Ladin people | Relax on the terrace or by the pool at our elegant mountain retreat | A lovely evening awaits your family in picture-perfect Selva Gardena.
Just a short walk from the center of the village, this Leading Hotels of the World property has blossomed from a simple 1950s pension to a luxurious wellness resort featuring a gourmet restaurant and 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. (pool, spa)
Take in spectacular views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles | Visit an impressive World War I open-air museum that reveals historic trenches, bunkers and tunnels | One of the region's most decadent hotel spas is the perfect post-hike haven | Celebrate an incredible mountain adventure with a three-Michelin-starred meal | A gondola carries you into the Pralongià meadows for one last hike with views of the Dolomites' most iconic peaks.
Built as a parish priest house in 1850, this alpine getaway wows guests with its stunning setting and elegant three-Michelin-starred restaurant. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rugged mountain trails, well-maintained footpaths and steps, with some rocky sections and steep climbs and descents.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Our hikes through this captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads accessible by Backroads vans. In some cases our shuttles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the nature of these trails, we usually won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides, and we'll make use of the extensive network of mountain huts for provisions, meals and shelter. Also, please note that our daily route options may travel in different directions from each other, depending on the route level. Please keep this in mind when choosing your walking/hiking option each day, especially if connecting up with other guests midday is important to you.
Romantik Hotel Turm and Alpenroyal Grand Hotel are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.