INTRODUCING THE DOLOMITES

Zig-zagging across the uppermost provinces of Italy, the UNESCO listed Dolomites is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Here, ski resorts and boutique country lodges promise peak luxury – while a rich food culture is rooted in years of varied culinary traditions. With double-diamond runs in ski season, ripening vineyards in autumn, and some of the best summer-time hiking this side of anywhere, it’s a stunning year-round destination.

Mountain peaks and verdant valleys – the crowning glory of northern Italy.

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CULTURE

In parts of these mountains and valleys, life continues much as it has for hundreds of years. Val Gardena proudly preserves its woodcarving heritage, and you can browse for hand-hewn wood art in Ortisei and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The latter is brimming with artisans who specialise in leatherwork, basket-weaving and wrought iron work, too. 

SKI

There are ski runs. And there’s the Sellaronda. This one-of-a-kind 40km route loops around four Dolomite passes of the Sella massif, including the awe-inspiring Val Gardena. Start in the morning to complete this spectacular challenge within a day. As well as daring downhill skiing, the Dolomites are renowned for their cross-country trails – with some of the world’s most spectacular snowscapes at your feet.

FOOD AND WINE

Dishes in the Dolomites are the kind passed down through generations. While at first glance recipes seem simple and ingredients humble, they’re a gateway to the region’s rich food culture, influenced by neighbouring Tyrol, Veneto and Austria. Try polenta with cheese produced in traditional mountainside cattle huts. Or warm up with gnocchi-like canederli flavoured with speck (smoked prosciutto) and served in a buttery broth. Pair it with a glass of Nosiola or Erbaluce wine produced in the Dolomite foothills for a true taste of the region.  

Bring your paintbrush and pencils to the Dolomites – the purity of the light and ever-changing colours here create a sublime palette for artists.

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