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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2016
Assessing the AV2 trail and recomendation where to escape after the 5th day  (1 Answer)

Hi,
My partner and I are planning to arranged to do the first 5 days of Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites. We hike quite a bit but is always just for 1 or 2 days at a time. We are trying to get a better idea of the trail to make sure it is not beyond our capabilities. Our days, along the AV2, are listed below:

Questions:
1. Can someone comment on what kind of equipment we need and what kind of equiptment is helpful (hiking poles vs. ferratas kits)l. We want to avoid via ferratas.

2. On day 5/6 is there a good place to finish the hike and get back into town. We want to make our way back to Milan .

Thanks!

Day 1 Bressanone to Rifugio Ditta di Bressanone Cicerone book difficulty rating: 2
Day 2 to Rifugio Genova 2
Day 3 to Rifugio Puez 2-3
Day 4 to Rifugio Pisciadu 3
Day 5 to Rifugio Castiglioni 3
Day 6 to Rifugio Castiglioni 2



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2016
Best town to stay for trecking in the dolimite mountains  (2 Answers)

We would like to stay as close as posible to the mountains, with good transport to start of the route/ cable car.and any high routes to recommend we aim to go in September
Thank you for your help
Rob and Jill


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2016
Hiking around Pale di San Martino

Hi - We're planning a few days' hike in the Dolomites, in Pale di San Martino, and I did help planning it.... I did a lovely hike about 20 years ago - but I can't remember the details... I know at least a par of it was part of the Alte Via 2. I started with the cable car from San Martino to Rosetta hut, then walked about 3 hours to another hut, stayed the night there, and continued next day to another hut, from there came down and found my way back to San Martino... I'm almost sure the first hut was Pradidali, but I have no idea which was the second one... I would like to do something similar this year - in July - but need more info about trails and huts. Any suggestion for a trek that starts with this cable car, then has about 3-4 hours of walking to the next hut where we can spend the night, and from which we can continue to another trail of 3-4 hours to another hut - from which we can walk back to San Martino - will be very much appreciated. Another option is to stay 2 nights in the same mountain hut - and doing a day walk in between.

So I need advice on -

Option A: San Martino - cable car - Rosetta - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep uphill) to - Rifugio 1 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep uphill) to - Rifugio 2 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep downhill) , back to - San Martino

Option B: San Martino - cable car - Rosetta - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep uphill) to - Rifugio 1 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep) back to Rifugio 1 - trail for a 3-4 hours walk (preferably not too steep downhill) , back to - San Martino Thanks a lot in advance, Ana.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2015
how come the restaurants close at noon? Aren't the italians hungry? What about tips...  (5 Answers)

If this belongs in some other place, pls tell me where should I post it ...
We are going soon to the lake are in Italy + Dolomiti. And I'm confused regarding the opening hours
I read that restaurants close from 13-18. Is that so? Till 13 o'clock they serve breakfast and then at 18 start serving dinner? Can someone explain this ?
And stores close from 13-16... Everywhere? In city centers?
What times do supermarkets open?
And regarding the tips in restaurants, I know there's a "cuperto" per each person, and "servicio" too. Is that the tip or you have to a tip too? What percentage is common in italy for tipping in restaurants????


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2014
Where to go after trek in Dolomites  (9 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Italy for September 2015 for my husband and myself. We plan to fly to Venice, spend 2 or 3 days there, then trek in the Dolomites for 7 days. After the trek we would like to go somewhere else in Italy for 3 or 4 days, but we are not sure where would be a good choice that would be relatively convenient to get to from the Dolomites. We probably will want to relax after the trek, maybe visit a museum and some ruins or historical buildings. We enjoy old European towns, good food and beautiful views. While we like the ocean, I don't think we want to go to a beach resort on this trip. I'm also inclined to save Rome for another trip, when we can devote more time to it. I think I would prefer not to rent a car, but would consider it if necessary. I welcome all suggestions--this will be our first trip to Italy. Thank you in advance for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2014
Trekking with children  (2 Answers)

We plan to trek with 2 children (5.5/9 years) in the area of the Dolomiti, for 5-7 nights. Does someone have any experience with trekking with children? Can you send us links or trek instruction? Thank you, Yoel family.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
Scenic day hikes  (3 Answers)

Hi we will have 3 nights in the Dolomites in mid September . We are staying in Castlerotto. We are in good shape & are in our 40's . I'm a little overwhelmed with so much info. Trying to pick 3 scenic hikes , 2-4 hrs. long.Wouldnt mind trying a via Ferrata section that is not real demanding. We will hike in the mornings & drive some of the scenic drives/ passes in the afternoon. Anyone have some favorites or "must see" hikes?

Thanks Joan


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2014
Hut Availability in Dolomites end of june  (4 Answers)

Hi I am going with my family 4 in all to the Dolomites this month and I am wondering if the huts will be booked out. should I book in advance or is it ok to wait and book on the night
Michelle


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2014
Hut Availability in Dolomites end of june beginning

Hi I am going with my family 4 in all to the Dolomites this month and I am wondering if the huts will be booked out. should I book in advance or is it ok to wait and book on the night
Michelle


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2014
Hiking Recommendations  (5 Answers)

My husband and I are going hiking in the North/South Tyrol Regions, the last week of May and first week of June. We are moderate to advanced hikers. We'd like to start our trip by using Merano, Italy as a base to hike around the Dolomites. We choose Merano as a base, because we've stayed there before and liked it very much. Any recommendations on areas in Austria to concentrate on? We have hiked the French, Swiss and Italian Alps in the past, and would like to try our hand in hiking in Austria. Any recommendations would very much be appreciated. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2014
transfer ski resort february  (2 Answers)

Hello,

we are searching for shared transfer to any ski resort from Bergamo orio al serio.

Our dates are 5.02 ( we arrive around 22:00, ready to spend the night in hotel, so to travel on 6.02 any time) to 10.02 ( early flight, so we have to be back at orio al serio at 5-6 a.m)
We are 2 people.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2012
Day trip recommendations around Vason, Trento  (17 Answers)

Hi -

My partner booked a vacation in Hotel Le Blanc, Vason (near Trento). We will have car to drive around for a week.
Please share with us any recommendations for all the best places (or should we say - the most beautiful places...) around.
We heard about Lago di Tovel. We know there are many other beautiful places. We only know Val Gardena area.
Heard about Parco naturale di Adamello-Brenta. what are the "must see" places in it?
Any recommendations for day trips (by car) or for day hikes (preferably those that combine uphill cable-car/lift and walk on top of the mountain or downhill...)are most welcome!
Thanks,
Ana.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2012
bus  (3 Answers)

Is it possible catch a bus that has the word scholastic on the timetable. I need to go from croce d`aune to Feltre 15.15 in September. Is this just a school bus for children or can the general public use this service. Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2012
Visiting Dolomites end of May-is anything open? question about hikes.  (2 Answers)

I'll be staying in Toblach/Dobbiaco for 3 days and four nights at the end of May and would like to explore some of the Dolomite region to do some moderate hiking (possibly stay over night in a mountain hut) and see Lago de Braies.

First of can anybody give me an idea of what the weather will be like at that time in the mountains? I imagine snow is still possible so I would need warm clothing to hike and walk?

Second, for hiking: I am not experienced but am in good shape and relatively young, so looking for moderate to moderately strenuous hikes-nothing too difficult or life threating. I've heard of some vie ferrata hikes which sound really fun and a good combination of light danger/excitement and safety-do you need equipment for these or can I just find one and go to it?

As for locations I am looking at hiking to Tre Crime/Drei Zinnen and/or locations around Cortina (any recommendations?). I might be interested in staying in a mountain hut, but am not sure how reservations work or if I even need them, or can walk in and crash, etc. Could someone fill me in on how all of that works--I was hoping I can just go on my hike and crash at a mountain hut if I want to, but maybe that isn't how people do it? Also, Can anyone recommend a good hike route (where to start and go etc.) to Tre Crime coming from Dobbiaco/Toblach? Is there public transport I can take to cut down on some of the walking to get there?

I will not have a car and am relying solely on public transport to get me back and forth to areas, so I am wondering what that will be like in late May--I imagine my options will be limited since Summer season hasn't kicked in? Are there any cable cars/buses I will be able to take to summits to get up to into the sky quickly, or do you think I'll have to walk to everything during that time?


Lastly, I will be by myself. Should I be concerned about wildlife or other safety hazards while on hikes in the Dolomites (besides the obvious ones...like I said I don't plan on taking any strenuous or dangerous hikes on my own)?


Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2012
Val Gardena  (1 Answer)

We will be in Bolzano for 4 days in early June and plan a day trip to Val Gardena – only the following cable cars are working in early June:

• Col Raiser (St Christina)
• Rasciesa – Raschötz (Ortisei)
• Alpe di Siusi-Seiser Alm(Ortisei)
Which of this offer most scenic views of the Sella Group and Sassulongo?

I understand that all cable cars in Selva will be closed till late June. Is there any particular place in Selva which will offer good views of the above mountains?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2011
Travel in May to the Dolomiti area  (4 Answers)

We are planning a visit to the area in mid-May of next year. Kastelruth (Castelrotto) appears to be a good place to stay and venture out for day trips. Our main concerns are what the weather will be like at that time of year, will there be a good selection of restaurants open to eat in, will the cable lifts be running for accessing higher areas to hike, and will wildflowers be starting to bloom in the lower elevations. We will be traveling by car. Any planning assistance will be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2011
Passo Tonale  (2 Answers)

Hi VT's
I need an advice.All of sudden I couldn't hiking, nonetheless I have decided going to my favorites destination this week. What to do nearby Passo Tonale.Is there any public transport towards, for example, Werona or other nice town?
Thanks for a help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2011
Summer Skiing in the Dolomites  (12 Answers)

Where in the Dolomites may we do some summer skiing?
How do I get there and where is a suitable town to stay if I want to ski for 4 days? We hope to get a self-catering apartment in a town with a good supermarket. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2009
Can anyone tell me how to get from Rome to Dobbiaco (Toblach)?  (6 Answers)

Can anyone tell me how to get from Rome to Dobbiaco (Toblach) in the Dolomites?
I am trying to go there to visit the Parco Naturale Faies-Sennes-Braies and the Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee).
I had assumed I would take a train from Rome to Bolzano, and then Bolzano to Dobbiaco, but I can't find any Bolzano-Dobbiaco trains.

I checked the Dobbiaco tourism website, but I found it confusing.
Any recommendations would be extremely appreciated!
Thank you,
Appia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2009
How to get to Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee?  (3 Answers)

Hello! I am spending the summer in Rome and would love to take a few days to visit the Dolomites and see the Lago di Braies. But I don't have a car! Does anyone have any advice how to get there? I figured I'd take a train to Bolzano, but then....?
Thank you so much for any advice!
-appia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2009
Snow conditions at Dolomiti in early April  (3 Answers)

Hi :)!
I'll travel to Dolomiti next weekend. Can anyone notify about snow conditions at Dolomiti, start of April?
Which hills or which slopes are better to take for spring-skiing (staying in Val de Fassa)?

Mille grazie:).
I.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2009
dolomiti travel  (3 Answers)

On June we are going from Parma twards the Dolomity for about 4 days. Can you please help in planning the tour.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2008
Suggestion for Dolomite town  (1 Answer)

We will be staying in Ortisei for 7 nights and are looking for another town for to spend another 2 to 3 nights. Perhaps something further up in the mountains, but in the direction to Treviso so our trip to the airport won´t be longer than if we were leaving from Ortisei. Does anyone know anything about Arabba or Corvara? Any recommendations? This would be in July.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2007
Apartments for skiing  (1 Answer)

I plan to go skiing in the Dolomites next Christmas and would like to find a self-catering apartment for six people within relatively easy (driving) reach of the slopes and the Sella Ronda. I have already spent hours on the web but have not really found anything suitable. Any tips would be welcome!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2006
Which to hike in late June, Aosta or Dolomites?  (4 Answers)

My husband and I want to do some hiking while we are in Italy the end of June. We would like to do a 6 to 7 day trek or hike. Technical climbing is not what we want but we like to cover some ground and altitude when we hike. My husband also likes to hike with a bottle of wine. We love the idea of nice lodging at the end of the day. Any recommendations out there for which area may 'fit' better and have better weather the end of June?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2004
Snow on October?  (2 Answers)

I and my wife are going to spend two weeks around Venice and Firenze, next October. Since Venice is so close to the Dolomiti and my wife - as a good Brasilian - has never seen snow in her life, I was wondering if we could find any small city to spend one day there (the idea: we'd take the train in Venice and spend one day in this "snow" city, and then go back to Venice). Well, I've read about Belluno, that seems to be not a "small" city, and about Feltre and Cadore (all served by train). Which one - or another one - is supposed to have snow on late October, if any? Do you suggest any other place near those? (Answers in Italian are also welcome, we can understand it). Thanks in advance, Marcos Maselli


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2003
two day trekking in Dolomiti-where?  (3 Answers)

Currently I am in Trieste. I would like to have two day trekking somewhere in Dolomiti. I have no car and probably will travel by train. I am fit and capable of walking/scrambling the whole day long. Where do you suggest me to go? Thank you





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