To enjoy the Dolomites in Italy, it is best to visit its many villages following by road the numerous routes that go through or communicate the different populations there. So we suggest you to enjoy the road, the views and stop as you please, a freedom you can only get visiting this area by car.
The route we take to the entrance to Alto Adige crosses over di Sella, where we are overwhelmed by Sasso Lungo and Sella’s huge natural fortress. In that area you can enjoy seeing small settlements that still retain the air of a high mountain village, villages perpetuating the tradition of wood carving and whose population keeps ancestral customs inherited from the first settlers in the area, as it is the case of Santa Cristina and Selva.
Leaving the Gardena Valley behind, we find some large and wavy meadows, the Alpe di Siusi and Fie, which are transformed into ski slopes during the winter. One of the biggest attractions are its famous Fie hay baths, apparently a treatment for bones that has become important in recent years. Lake Carezza is one of the natural wonders found in our journey through this mountain area. You have probably seen pictures of this lake, which, when there is not breeze, becomes a beautiful mirror that reflects the beauty of the surrounding landscape. This lake is located at the feet of Letamar’s wall, giving it an idyllic apearance to the landscape, and makes it an extremely beautiful setting in summer for its greenery and the contrasts among the mountains, the lake and the small forest, and in winter for its white mantle that fills everything with a bright light.
Bolzano is a curious city that has been industrialized over the years, but it still keeps the medieval air that characterized it centuries ago. The central area of the city is preserved as an example of what it was years ago, a city conquered and dominated by the Austrians. A sample of medieval history that has lasted until today.
Near the town it is the confluence of the rivers Rienza and Isarco, in Bressanone, an old episcopal city of Tyrolean style. Because of their ecclesiastical origin there is a large sample of "luxury" of old, it has a Renaissance palace and the Convent of Novacella, which have a distinctly Baroque air, full of Bavarian art that reminds us of the economic and social power the church had on the population. Going up the Rienza, valleys become narrower and we find lots of villages that hold a huge attraction for those who enjoy mountain hiking, biking, or just the morning walks under the hot summer sun.
The Dolomites is an area in Italy that doesn’t leave anyone indifferent, its enormous natural attraction in summer, and excellent conditions for all kinds of snow sports in winter, make it the perfect retreat for nature lovers. A place to get away from the routine and enjoy a holiday in contact with nature.