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If you’re making your way to South Tyrol, then these are 10 places not to miss in the Dolomites. The Dolomites are a special region in northern Italy that borders Austria. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the range of scenery in the Dolomites is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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 setting out to explore the Dolomites’ most enchanting spots, this list is your perfect companion. For those gearing up for an unforgettable journey through these landscapes, our ultimate Dolomites road trip guide is a must-read. If capturing the region’s ethereal beauty is on your agenda, don’t miss our detailed photography guide to the Dolomites. And for the adventurers eager to tread the scenic trails, our guide to the best places to hike in the Dolomites is indispensable.

Now, let’s dive into the 10 places not to miss in the Dolomites!

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

1. Seceda

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

The largest alpine meadow in Europe, the green rolling hills sprinkled with wooden cabins are idyllic. Come here to hike, take photos, and soak in the views.

5. Sassolungo Peaks

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

A winding road that descends into the valley makes for a dramatic view. It’s a drive you can’t beat.

9. Lago di Carezza

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

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

10 Places Not to Miss in the Dolomites

Quite possibly the most picturesque church in the Dolomites, this tiny church sits in a 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.

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  1. BreeAnna Lasher Reply

    where is the location that the first photo in the blog was taken?

  2. I was there only once and I felt in love with the Dolomites! Thanks for these photos and reminding me about how beautiful is there!

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