The Dolomites cast a spell. The immense mountains. The sweeping flower-filled pastures and endless views from gondola rides. The simple goodness of spaghetti al ragù at a rifugio trailside hut. The decadence of gourmet cuisine. Enjoy the good life with your family—the Italians call it benessere—and be spellbound in the Dolomites.
1 Hidden valleys, fairy-tale villages and awe-inspiring mountains in a multicultural mosaic Accompanied by views of the Sciliar mountain group, stride through the hills above the picturesque village of Fiè allo Sciliar.
2 Hike through an alpine plateau with dramatic massifs and colorful wildflowers carpeting the grassy meadows In an amphitheater of soaring limestone peaks, we gather at a mountain rifugio for a home-cooked lunch of canederli (dumplings), polenta and other local favorites Hike to heavenly Laghetto di Fiè, where you can savor a cappuccino or gelato by the lake Taste regional vintages at Prösels Castle, a Tyrolean fortress dating back to the 1200s Our local friend Marta welcomes us into her home for a one-of-a-kind dinner.
3-4 Though you're surrounded by mountains, you're certainly not roughing it —a fine dinner awaits in picture perfect Selva Gardena Ride a gondola to dazzling Puez-Odle Natural Park, one of the most pristine areas of the Dolomites, keeping an eye out for chamois, mountain pheasants, eagles and marmots Our friend Heidi shares insight into the distinct language, culture and customs of the Ladin people.
5-6 Enjoy spectacular views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles Rest your legs over a hearty gourmet lunch at Rifugio Averau Options abound—care to challenge yourself on the route to scenic Passo Giau? Make your way down to an impressive open-air museum that reveals trenches, bunkers and tunnels from World War I A memorable journey by gondola carries you into the Pralongia meadows for a hike with views of the Dolomites' most recognized peaks.