If Venice is the place for quaint canals and cute buildings, the Dolomite Mountains are where you go for adventure and mystical landscapes. Day trips from Venice to the Dolomite Mountains involve hiking, cycling, skiing, mountain climbing, base jumping and a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this region in the Northern Italian Alps.
There are many towns and villages dotted around the Dolomite countryside, with each one offering local cuisine and a chance to wander the scenic towns while soaking up the culture. The Dolomite Mountains are dominated by 18 peaks and made up of jagged pinnacles, icy glaciers, deep gorges, lush forests and verdant valleys.
How to get to the Dolomite Mountains from Venice, and how long does it take?
There are several ways to get to the Dolomite Mountain, including car, train and bus. The most straightforward route is by car, which takes just under two hours. The journey by train is a little more complicated. From Venice station, you can head to Calalzo Di Cadore. From here, you will need to take a bus to Cortina D’Ampezzo. The bus is the most popular method for day trips from Venice to the Dolomites, with journeys taking around two hours.
How much do day trips from Venice to the Dolomite Mountains cost?
There are many different tours that you can take on day trips from Venice to the Dolomite Mountains. General tours of the Dolomite Mountains cost in the region of €150 and include trips to local lakes as well as one of the towns around the region. Most of the tours are small-group tours (around eight people) and include a driver who also acts as a tour guide.
There are private options available, though these are much more expensive and cost in the region of €800. The price includes the participation of your entire group. Therefore, if you are 6 or 8 people, the price per person is similar to the one of shared tours, but you will get the comfort of a private tour. Some tours include interesting activities such as a jeep safari or a tour by snowmobile.
When is the best time to visit the Dolomite Mountains?
The weather in the Dolomites is somewhat unpredictable and can change quickly. Fall time is popular, as people head to this beautiful region to see the change in landscape from the summer. Winter sees plenty of snow and is a popular time with skiers. Hikers tend to head to the Dolomite Mountains in the spring when the weather is pleasant. Summers can be hot but feature plenty of lush green meadows.
What are the best things to do and see on day trips from Venice to the Dolomite Mountains?
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Also known as the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, The Tre Cime di Lavaredo provides sweeping scenery and fun hikes. Enjoy rolling hills of green and go on one of the most iconic hikes in the Dolomites. Known as ‘The Loop’, this hike provides some of the best views in the region and is popular with those on day trips from Venice to the Dolomite Mountains.
The Sella Group
The highest mountain in the Dolomites, The Sella Group is plateau-shaped and offers plenty of opportunities for a hike - though it’s recommended you take a cable car to the top. During wintertime, The Sella Group is one of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites with its snow-covered caps. It also happens to be a favourite with skiers.
Located in the province of Belluno, Cortina D’Ampezzo is steeped in history that dates back thousands of years. A 19th-century tourist destination for the rich, Cortina D’Ampezzo has kept much of its high-end charm and offers great views of the Dolomite Mountains which make up the backdrop to this popular area.
Livinallongo del Col di Lana Town
Livinallongo del Col di Lana Town is a mix of history and scenery. This lake town in the Province of Belluno is a hotspot for hiking and fishing trips during the spring and summer, with skiers making the most of the town in the winter. History buffs will enjoy World War I trenches, barricades, tunnels, ruins of forts, and a museum that ties it all together.
Lake of the Cadore
One of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites, Lake of the Cadore (Lago di Misurina) is the definition of picturesque. It's also known for its clean air, which is beneficial for people with respiratory illnesses. During the 1956 Olympics, the lake was used for speed skating. Today, it’s beauty takes on another level when it’s frozen in the winter and covered in snow.
The Via Ferrata Routes
The Via Ferrata Routes were built in World War I to help military units move freely through the region. After the war, it was restored and expanded and is now known as the Iron Path. It’s ideal for hiking, with steel cables, iron ladders and metal rungs now in place to aid beginners who want to take in the breathtaking views of the Dolomites.
Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort
Ski lovers will delight at Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort, which is one of the plushest ski resorts in the world. There are 47 lifts and an array of sky activities for the whole family, making Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort ideal for beginners and professionals alike.
Belluno is an alpine town and is considered the gateway to the Dolomite Mountains. The town offers plenty of charm in the form of surrounding meadows and rolling hills, which makes it a favourite for those on hiking and cycling trails.
- Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and trekking shoes.
- Also make sure to check the weather forecast carefully as it can change very quickly.
- Be aware that every places has two names, thanks to its location on the border between Italy and Austria.