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.
The Dolomites' jagged peaks pierce through the clouds. Stark grey limestone lends an almost lunar quality to your surroundings, contrasted by bursts of wildflowers and green grass. And the views… out of this world. Up here, the air is clean and invigorating. As you hike, breathe deeply. Take your adventure to new heights.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Hike across rolling pastures and wildflower meadows in the heart of the Dolomites | Follow a wooded trail to vista-rich plateaus | Settle into the relaxed pace of mountain life in family-run rifugi (mountain huts) that seem to appear out of nowhere | Savor the warm and hearty flavors of South Tyrolean fare | Trek to Lake Fosses at the base of Monte Croda Rossa and gaze down at the valley below | Share the trail with ibex, deer and chamois | Learn about the region's flora, fauna and geology with a local guide | Climb to Forcella Riciogogn for spectacular views.
Featuring traditional styling and warm hospitality, this family-run mountain oasis in Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park was one of the first of its kind in the Dolomites.
Explore Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, a World Heritage site with rugged peaks and pristine alpine lakes | Trek into the Fanes highlands and admire the wildflowers and brilliant limestone massifs | Walk through the mountain hamlet of San Cassiano and experience the distinct language, culture and customs of the Ladin people | Hike on trails with panoramic scenes of glacier-carved valleys and limestone summits | Discover the region’s dramatic history at Passo Valparola, once the site of heavy combat during World War I.
A true nature retreat with access to San Cassiano village, this lodge features balconies perfect for taking in mountain sunsets and views of the Dolomites' limestone peaks.
Traverse the enchanting meadows of the Puez-Odle mountain group | Enjoy lunch at a friendly alpine hut | Front-row views of the Sella massif's north face await at our welcoming alpine retreat | Savor a post-hike Aperol spritz on the terrace | Finish off your trek with gourmet Tyrolean cuisine and regional wines | Follow a morning trail through dense forest and ascend through the aptly named Edelweiss Valley.
Located on a knoll at the foot of Mount Sassongher, this luxurious and atmospheric alpine lodge affords exceptional views from its sunny terrace.
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
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip includes alpine trails among limestone peaks with steep sections that occasionally involve climbing or descending man-made steps.
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.