Fondest memory: Col Raiser (opposite to Sassolungo) can be reached by gondola from St Christina - just down the valley to Selva. There are several huts in this area so makes for an enjoyable days rambling and picnicing amidst specatular scenery of the Puez-Odle Park area. This hut is the Rif Firenza - also known as Regensburger Hutte - just look at those wonderful mountain peaks behind :-))
This is one of the more outstanding examples of the type of bare stone outcropping you can see in the Dolomite area of Italy. There is a sudden stop in the green foliage and from that point upward you see only bare, stark, cold, stone. But the contrast between the green of the valleys and the lighter color of the mountain makes for a very striking view.
Also virtually each and every mountain has walking trails, ski trials, and of course a ski lift...or two, or three...............
As we were driving toward Marmolada we spotted this lonely picnic table and just could not pass it by. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch with some of the most amazing mountain views as our backdrop. Sometimes you would almost forget to chew ^L^ (yes, I said almost forget)....
It was surprising to see that this type of roadside stop were few and very far in between. But then you could always find a pasture or meadow to spread a blanket on to have lunch or just a "breather" from the road.
Favorite thing: This is a good representation of the type of roads in the Dolomite area, the roads were in excellent condtion, but the number of bends, curves and turns was much higher than the straight sections. But it was also fun because as you came around each turn you would be presented with a new beautiful scene. We took the opportunity to stop often and just look.
Favorite thing: Here we are in one of the small towns, take a look at the mountainous backdrop, that is some sight to see each day. It seems as if each and every one of the houses were built just yesterday, they looked "squeeky" clean and dressed up for the holiday. It was a pleasure just to drive through or walk the streets here.
Favorite thing: In the north of Italy the area bordering Austria on the south and Switzerland to the east, is the Dolomites, a wonderful mix of Italian, Swiss and Austrian personalities. The small towns strewn over the landscape, between the mountains, in the valleys and on the hillsides is wonderful just to drive through. Here you can see one of the many villages there.
Favorite thing: We found these beautiful flowers along the path just outside the hotel as we were taking an early morning walk before breakfast. This is the type of thing many people miss seeing, they are very small and you have to stop to look
Favorite thing: You know how it is that a normal place becomes a special place because of something out of the ordinary that happens there. Well our stay at the Paradiso Hotel became "special" because of one person and that is Dessislava. She was working in the hotel and she was always kind and friendly way more than you could expect and then we started talking and when we finally left we received and gave hugs and kisses and now we remain in contact.
Fondest memory: A favourite easy to moderate hike was to take the bus from Selva up to the Sellajoch Pass and then hike the Friedrich August Weg (path 594) which takes you around the base of the Sassopiato -incredible views in good weather - and passes several huts where you can get refreshments if needed. From here you have umpteen choices for hikes on the Alpe di Suisi or you can continue the contour around the Sassolungo group (path 526) and descend via Monte Pana lift to St Christina or further round on the Ciampinoi lift to Selva. Which ever option it will be a memorable hike.
Selva Gardena, at an altitude of 1,563 m above sea level, is situated at the head of the valley. It has a stunning location at the foot of the majestic Sella Massif and connected to the Sella Ronda - which can be hiked around in summer or skied in winter. One side of the valley is flanked by the Puez-Odle national park and the other side has the Sassolungo and Sassopiato peaks and the Alp de Suisi hiking/ski-ing region.
Fondest memory: The hiking options are endless, the scenery fantastic, the weather perfect - well it was when we were there :-))
See and hike the Dolomites. People also come here for botany and painting holidays
Fondest memory: Hiking on Col Raiser, Puez and the Sassolungo - there are so many to choose from. Like the Swiss Jungfrau area I was so smitten with it in the summer that I had to come and see it in its winter glory.
Ortisei, at altitude of 1236m, is the largest village in the Val Gardena. The centre is a colourful pedestrian only area - a delight to wander around and enjoy the shops and cafes here before or after heading for the peaks of Seceda and the Alpe di Siusi which are easily accessible using the several lifts - including a wonderful old chair lift.
Fondest memory: The architecture was really neat and I loved the lace fretwork on this hotel right in the centre of Ortisei.
Favorite thing: S. Cristina, is situated in the middle of Val Gardena at an altitude of 1,428 m above sea level. It Iies on the sunny side of the Val Gardena, in front of the Sassolungo. and at the base of the Monte Pana, Ciampinoi, Col Raiser and Seceda lifts.
Favorite thing: Col Raiser is acessiblle for skiers in the winter and also for winter hiking - snow shoes can be hired. Just look a this winter view...simply gorgeous.