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As you would expect from a country synonymous with sophistication, elegance and romance, The Dolomites are a celebration of all that is Italian. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, these towering, jagged mountains form the background against which a stage of perfectly groomed ski runs and tip-top hospitality unfolds.
Distinguished by the Sella Ronda – Italy’s most recognised ski route – The Dolomites are a must do for skiers, cyclists, climbers, riders, golfers, walkers, shoppers, foodies, drinkers, photographers, drivers…in fact, whatever your calling in life is, it’s certain that The Dolomites will provide the answer.
Consisting of 3 distinct regions - South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto – and within these 3 regions further numerous distinctive Alpine villages, you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to diversity. The one thing they do share in common though is the fierce protection of their region’s tradition and chequered history. Located in northern-most Italy, at the gateway to Austria, during the First World War The Dolomites were a strategic outpost, a political weapon, tossed between Italy and Germany in their fight for power. Today the outcome is that of proud, unified inhabitants who want to share this past with their visitors. This is nowhere more evident than in the charming village of San Cassiano in the Alta Badia area of the South Tyrol region where 3 languages are spoken in an area consisting of no more than 30 houses; Italian, Austrian and Ladin, the latter being the preserved ancient language of the first inhabitants. To fully immerse and understand this past, try the Great War Ski Tour which affords 80km of history and stunning scenery, tracing the footsteps of fallen soldiers. Or if you’d rather a more relaxing way of absorbing these traditions, then book yourself a stay at Chalet Iergl, the latest addition to the Rosa Alpina Hotel Collection – a beautifully renovated farmhouse which was one of the first houses of San Cassiano.
Winter in The Dolomites is a magical experience. The mistake often made when trying to describe skiing in Italy is to compare it to its Swiss and Austrian neighbours. They are, however, incomparable. To ski in Italy is like being adopted for the week. So powerful is the welcome and so warm is the hospitality you almost forget that you are the visitor to their region. The Dolomiti Superski consists of 12 ski areas, 1,200km of piste, up to 3,000m altitude, 250 million years of history (that’s the age of The Dolomites, not the ski lifts!) and just 1 ski pass. There is truly something for everyone. Resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo, Arabba, Alta Badia and Plans de Corones offer groomed pistes and limitless cruising slopes in the company of the staggeringly impressive and picturesque Dolomites. Scattered across the slopes you will discover several traditional, small chalet-style hay stores many of which have been converted into mountain restaurants and provide the most idyllic setting for lunch. Take the time to enjoy the panoramic views whilst tucking into the famed Italian cuisine all washed down with the finest Italian wines from the local area. La Dolce Vita at its finest. Italy truly heralds a new age of superlative skiing.
With over 300 days of sunshine on average per year, The Dolomites are not just reserved for the winter time. Summer in Italy is arguably more beautiful than winter. The ski area is now awash with wild flowers and herbs. The meadows are flooded with splashes of purple and yellow flora and fauna. The Mountains passages are teeming with cyclists bravely tackling the steep ascents that cling to the face of The Dolomites.
The pinnacle of their efforts being the Maratona dles Dolomites (Dolomite Marathon) held annually in July. Once described as the most chaotic but passionate bike race on earth, this is Italy’s answer to the Tour de France and is open to amateur cyclists. If you are more of a four wheels rather than two enthusiast then you’ll relish in the knowledge that Ferrari and Aston Martin specifically choose The Dolomites’ several mountain passes as the location for test driving their latest models. Ever fancied scaling the heights through hairpins bends and open roads in your very own latest Ferrari? If so, then San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is the destination for you. Complete with heli-pad, private 19 hole golf course and simply jaw-dropping views, San Lorenzo is the epitome of Italian sophistication.
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