Dolomites Alps, South Tyrol

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Dolomites Alps

The Dolomites (map), also known as the Dolomite Alps, are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy in the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park and many other regional parks are located in the Dolomites. In August 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A number of long-distance footpaths traverse the Dolomites. They are called alte vie, and are numbered 1 to 10. The trails take about a week to walk, and are served by numerous rifugi (huts). The first and the most renowned is the *Alta Via 1 (OpenStreetMap).

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The main centres include: Rocca Pietore (map) alongside the Marmolada Glacier (map), which lies on the border of Trentino and Veneto, the small towns of *Alleghe, Falcade, *Auronzo, Cortina d’Ampezzo and the villages of Arabba, *Urtijëi and San Martino di Castrozza, as well as the whole of the *Fassa, Val Gardena and Val Badia valleys.

South Tyrol

Together with Trentino, it composes the northernmost Italian autonomous administrative region of TrentinoSouth Tyrol (map).

Bolzano (Bozen, map) – the capital and the largest city of South Tyrol with culture, business, shopping and nature. Brixen (Bressanone, map) – until 1803 capital of the Bishopric of Brixen; one of the most culturally interesting towns in former Tyrol.

*Kastelruth (Castelrotto, map) – a small town about 20 km to the northeast of Bolzano. It serves as a nice base camp for exploring the adjacent Seiser Alm (Alpi Di Siusi, wikivoyage) – the largest meadow in the alps, with lots of hiking, and climbing trails

Klausen (Chiusa, map) – picturesque town of artists between Bolzano and Brixen; also included in the list of “most beautiful Italian small towns”.(about thirty kilometers north of Bolzano).

St. Ulrich in Gröden (Ortisei, map) – Alpine town that looks like a village out of a fairy tale, with skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Buses operated by SAD run from Bolzano, Brixen, Klausen, and Waidbruck. Information in English is available here.

If you are walking in the mountains, it is common to greet the people you meet.

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Buses reach places that trains can’t. South Tyrol has excellent bus connections inside the country with a very efficient transport system. Traveling by bus is not expensive and permit to go up to the most isolated village on the mountains. The major regional hub is at Bolzano bus station.

 BUS >   Arpa (Abruzzo) • Sais (Sicily) • BuswebSaj (Calabria) • Marino (Apulia e Basilicata) • Sena (Tuscany) • Autostradale S.p.A. (Lombardy).

Flixbus • EuroLinesBusabout Adventure Coach Travel EuropeEurope by BusBuses on the Web.

 RAIL >   Nuovo Trasporto ViaggiatoriTrenitalia + International RailRailEurope (*Rail travel in Italy)

 AIRPORTS >   Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (Fiumicino) • Ciampino Airport (Ciampino) • Milan Malpensa Airport • Linate Airport • Orio al Serio Airport.

 WATERWAYS >   Grimaldi Lines > Spain, France, Sicily, Sardinia, Malta,Tunisia and Corsica. Gnv Grandi Navi Veloci > Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Tunisia, Malta, Morocco. Moby Line > Sardinia, Corsica, Elba Livorno, Civitavecchia. Snav > Sicily-Sardinia-Greece / Croatia, Aeolian Islands. Emilia Romagna Lines > Croatia, Slovenia. Saremar > Corsica – Sardinia. > (*Ferries in the Mediterranean)

::: Source: Ryan Shirley

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