Dolomites: Climbing the World’s Longest Staircase

Dolomites: Climbing the World’s Longest Staircase

Situated in the east of the northern Italian Alps, the Dolomites are instantly recognisable thanks to their gold hue and craggy shape. Formed millennia ago when dolomitic limestone was , the dramatic assortment of sheer rock faces, endless scree hills, deep gorges and jagged peaks, 18 of which soar to heights over 3,500 metres is truly a sight to behold.

Exploring the Dolomites on a day trip from Venice has never been easier.

Situated in the east of the northern Italian Alps, the Dolomites are instantly recognisable thanks to their gold hue and craggy shape. Formed millennia ago when dolomitic limestone was , the dramatic assortment of sheer rock faces, endless scree hills, deep gorges and jagged peaks, 18 of which soar to heights over 3,500 metres is truly a sight to behold. What adds to the Dolomite experience is their alluring golden colour, best observed when the sun is low in the sky which amplifies the colours of gold and ochre.

The Dolomites are a great way to escape the crowds of Venice and, considering the UNESCO listed mountain range is located a mere 60 km from the city, it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking Dolomites Day Trip.

Set off from Venice in the early hours of the morning in the company of our knowledgeable English speaking driver who transports you between two of the most picturesque alpine towns in the Dolomites; Cortina d’Ampezzo and Pieve de Cadore and three of the must-see natural features, including the iconic Tre Cime.

Santa Croce Lake

Having passed by Conegliano we continue on through the prosecco wine growing region, before reaching the first stop on our short tour of the Dolomites - the Lago di Santo Croce.

Take some time to stretch your legs amidst the fresh Alpine air as you drink in the glorious Dolomite scenery that surrounds you. This is a great spot for spotting a range of wild and birdlife such as lapwings, reed warblings and white heron.

Pieve di Cadore

The beautiful village of Pieve dei Cadore is the first official stop on our tour and offers the chance to sample some of the local produce from around the Province of Belluno.

Browse the traditional village shops and be sure to try the various salumis, cheeses and maybe even treat yourself to a gelato. The most famous member of the Venetian school of artists, Titian, was born in Pieve di Cadore and the village has a long history of art and craftsmanship.

Tre Cime

The True Cime di Lavaredo are perhaps the most well known vista from the Dolomites. We take the toll road up to a height of around 2,400 metres where you can enjoy majestic views of the surrounding areas in all directions.

The three peaks are unmistakable, even from many miles away, as they completely dominate their surroundings. An iconic location and key concern for anyone visiting the Dolomites mountain range.

Cortina d’Amprezzo

The ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’ Cortina d’Amprezzo lies at the confluence of the Bigintina and Bointe rivers and is framed on all sides by the textured cliffs of the Dolomites.

Throughout the winter months the alpine town is a popular destination with skiers and in 1956 Cortina hosted the 7th Winter Olympics. If the weather is agreeable you can choose to take the cable car up to Faloria (2,134m).

Lake Misurina

At 1,750 metres above sea level Lake Misurina is the final stop on the Dolomites Out of Venice Day Tour. Enjoy a final few moments of tranquility whilst having lunch with views of “Sorapis” and “Marmarole”.

You return to Venice with a clear head, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a restorative day exploring the spectacular Dolomites.

If you are planning on visiting Venice and hope to get the most out of your time in the area you should consider employing the services of a licensed tour guide.

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