If you’re making your way to South Tyrol, then these are 10 places not to miss in the Dolomites. The Dolomites is a special region in the north of Italy that borders Austria. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the range of scenery in the Dolomites in unlike anything I’ve seen before.
A good week to two weeks is the perfect amount of time to immerse yourself in the Dolomites. It’s the kind of place you can spend hours driving around, discovering hidden towns, picturesque towns and towering peaks. if you’re headed to the Dolomites, be sure to check out the Ultimate Dolomites Guide for all of your travel needs.
Until then, take a look at these 10 places not to miss in the Dolomites.
10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites
One of the most incredible set of peaks near Ortisei towering at 2500m, it’s at the top of my list. Taking the gondola up to see the edges of these peaks, with sheer drops to the left and meadows to the right is one of the most drastic sceneries I’ve ever seen.
2. Lago di Braies
The photos can never do this glistening lake justice. It’s a place that mirrors the peaks in the distance, with turquoise waters. It’s no wonder everyone flocks here to catch the incredible sunrise light.
3. Tre Cime di Lavaredo
One of the best places to spend a few days hiking, the “three peaks” tower over a dry and rugged landscape. Scattered with rifugios, you can hike from one place to the next, staying overnight.
4. Alpe di Suisi
The largest alpine meadow in Europe, the green rolling hills sprinkled with wooden cabins is idyllic. Come here to hike, to take photos, and soak in the views.
5. Sassolungo Peaks
If you come to hike, then the views won’t be beaten. If you’re like us, you can drive the pass to see the peaks from the road, an equally beautiful view.
6. Val di Funes
This valley feels like a fairytale, with picturesque towns with church steeples that have mountain peaks in the distance. Come here to soak in the views.
7. Lago di Sorapis
One of the most challenging hikes, the aqua blue waters of this lake are one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The effort is completely worth it to see this hidden place.
8. Gardena Pass
A winding road that descents into the valley makes for a dramatic view. It’s a drive you can’t beat.
9. Lago di Carezza
The greenish-blue waters of the lake are unforgettable. It’s a perfect place to come for a walk and enjoy the scenery.
10. St Johann in Ranui church
Quite possibly the most picturesque church in the Dolomites, this tiny church sits in green valley with the mountains above. It’s a place to stop by for an hour or two, walking along the green pastures with the local cows.