The Italian Dolomites is one of the most spectacular mountain regions in Europe and you may even argue the world. And the best way to enjoy the breath taking views this wonder of nature and UNESCO World Heritage Site is by hiking. Whether you enjoy a short walk or multi day trekking, here are a few of the best hikes in the Dolomites, Italy as recommended by expert travel bloggers.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best short hikes In The Dolomites
- 2 Best day hikes in the Dolomites
- 3 Best multi day hikes in the Dolomites
- 4 Planning your trip to the Italian Dolomites
- 5 Travelling to Italy? Check out my other Italy articles
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Best short hikes In The Dolomites
By Inma from A World To Travel
With an approximate length of 4.2 km and only 180 meters of vertical ascent and descent, the hiking trail that runs along the periphery of Lake Tovel in the always-scenic Adamello-Brenta Nature Park, is recommended for everyone. Particularly, if you appreciate a simple tour with unbeatable views of the colourful waters of this lake in Val di Non, facilities like public toilets, free parking, and restaurant (please make sure to check if they are open before going, just in case), as well as being near water. You will have a particularly great time exploring this beautiful lake.
It’s one of the best gentle walks in the Dolomites, and it’s so stunning that it should top every European day hikes list out there!
Without hurry or pause, it can be done in about an hour and a half, although I’d advocate for spending a bit more time on the trail. You may feel like resting in one of its bays, taking a few photos or even go for a dip in the summer. Whatever it is, it is possible to spend half a day there without getting bored. Enjoy!
Passo Rolle to Baita Segantini
By Ioana from The World Is My Playground
One of the most iconic and insta-worthy Dolomites hiking trails, it starts at Passo Rolle (1960 meters above sea level) and ends at the beautiful Baita G. Segantini chalet (2181 m). At just under 2 hours, the 6 km round trip hike is one of the shorter hikes in the area, though you’ll want to stop frequently to photograph the gorgeous scenery!
With an elevation of just over 200 meters, the picturesque hike is considered to be fairly easy. However, the dirt road toward the chalet can be challenging depending on the weather conditions and time of year.
We went in mid-June and there was still quite a bit of snow, rain-filled potholes and frozen ponds leftover from the winter season. The chalets along the way, including Baita G. Segantini, are closed until the end of June or beginning of July, so it’s best to call ahead, take food and water with you, or plan to stop for lunch at Agritur Malga Rolle on your way back to the parking lot. If you’re planning on just doing the loop, I recommend the latter option – the delicious traditional dishes at Malga Rolle will hit the spot just right after your hike!
The panoramic view of the Pale di San Martino peaks is visible during the entire hike and will keep you in awe. Perhaps the star of the show is the Cimon della Pala peak, the second-highest peak in the group, which dominates the range with its unique characteristics.
Best day hikes in the Dolomites
Campitello di Fassa to Sassopiatto
By Enzo from Inguaribile Viaggatore
Sassopiatto is one of the most beautiful Dolomite treks and goes around the mountain overlooking the Alpe di Siusi.
We start from Campitello di Fassa with the cable car that goes up to the Col Rodella and from here we reach the Federico Augusto Refuge (2298 m), from where the path dedicated to the King of Saxony begins. The King was a frequent visitor to these mountains, which connect the Sella Pass with the Alpe di Siusi.
The Sassopiatto hike takes around 4-5 hours, it’s very scenic, and covers many Sassolungo peaks, going through Sandro Pertini (2300 m) and Vicenza (2250 m) Refuges. From the Vicenza Refuge you ascend to fork towards the Sassolungo (2681 m), where the Toni Demetz Refuge is located.
Once you reach the Sella Pass either hiking or by cable car, follow a dirt road to the mountain station of the Col Rodella cable car that descends to Campitello di Fassa.
By Coni from Experiencing the Globe
The hike to Lago di Sorapis is one of the most beautiful treks in the Dolomites. Not only does it take you to a breath taking point, where you’re greeted by a turquoise lake guarded by a gorgeous rocky peak, but the whole way there is textbook trekking in the Dolomites. You will go up and down through a lush forest, with ever-changing views of the valleys around it, and you can even spot the landmark of the region, Tre Cime di Lavadero, from the trail.
The easiest way to tackle this trek is to base yourself in Cortina d’Ampezzo. From there you can take a public bus or drive to Passo Tre Croci, where the path starts. The return hike is about 12 km with a bit over 400 meters of altitude change. It should take you about 4 hours, but I’d recommend planning a day trip. The area is beautiful, so you’ll want to spend hours there. There’s also a mountain hut where you can have a bite and a drink, almost next to the lake.
Cammino San Vili
By Cate from Sacred Wanderings
The San Vili Trek, or Cammino San Vili, is a hiking path that stretches between Madonna di Campiglio in Trentino and the city of Trento. The path, though it wasn’t developed initially as a religious pilgrimage trail, roughly follows the supposed path of San Vigilio of Trent as he carried the gospel into the mountains, and that of his body, carried back to Trento after he was martyred. It is this that makes it one of the most unique Dolomite day hikes.
You can follow the path in either direction or both, although the route from Madonna di Campiglio to Trento is more consistently downhill and considered a bit easier. There is a bus that runs between Trento and Madonna di Campiglio in the mornings. The trek can be hiked as a day-hike between two points, or thru-hiked, which would take nearly a week. Parts of the trail are suitable for bikes.
Don’t miss Pinzolo, a gorgeous small town on the route with some beautiful and historic painted churches, like the Church of San Stefano. Also don’t neglect to try a local speciality in this region sure to give you an energy boost for the rest of your hike: Strangolapreti, or Strangled Priest Gnocci!
Best multi day hikes in the Dolomites
By Margherita from The Crowded Planet
If you want to truly get to the heart of the Dolomites, immersed in a lunar-looking landscape of rocky spires, the Vajolet Towers are definitely the place for you. These six peaks belong to the Catinaccio group, right on the border between Trentino and South Tyrol, and can be reached by both sides – however, you should be ready for a tough hike!
We recommend dedicating two days to your Vajolet Towers hike, staying at Rifugio Re Alberto overnight, to enjoy the spectacular clear sky and ‘enrosadira’, the phenomenon taking place at sunrise and sunset, when the mountains appear pink.
If you’re not comfortable with via ferrata, we recommend hiking to the Vajolet Towers from the Trentino side – you can catch cable cars both in Vigo or Pera di Fassa, and then the ascent is approximately 3 hours, climbing 1000 meters. The ascent from Laurin on the South Tyrol side is quicker, approximately 2 hours, but it involves the Santner via ferrata, so we only recommend doing it with a guide.
And if you truly like adventure, you may want to try climbing one of the towers – we recommend the Spigolo Piaz, one of the easiest climbs, and a truly spectacular one!
Planning your trip to the Italian Dolomites
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