The Italian Dolomites may be well known for stunning jagged peaks and striking shapes, but did you know they are also home so some of the world’s most beautiful alpine lakes? This alpine destination will leave you breathless – whether you’re trekking along cliffside trails, gazing at some of the stunning water bodies such as the Lago Sorapis or Lago di Braes, exploring amazing rock formations like the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) or simply feasting on some delicious homecooked Italian cuisine at a remote Rifugio. The hiking in the Italian Dolomites is world class, especially touted for exciting long treks. Our Top 10 hikes in the Dolomites are a great way to experience the stunning beauty of this wonderful region.
(13.5km, 325m, 3-4.5h)
The hike to Lago Sorapiss is exactly what one expects from a hike in the Italian Dolomites – spectacular mountain scenery creating a dramatic backdrop for the stunning baby blue lake waters. There are also some cables along this trail, which can be tough if you have a fear of heights.
(3.5km, 280m, 1-1.5h)
Looking for lush forests, unforgettable mountain views and lake gazing that’s sure to amaze? The Lago di Carezza hike is the perfect route for you. With a truly magical feel, we think this trail has it all, and is a must see for any hike in the Italian Dolomites.
(8.7km, 175m, 2-3h)
Did you know the Italian Dolomites are also full of history? A trek along the Viel del Pan hike brings explorers along the same historic path used by flour and bread merchants to transport their goods from one valley to another. Creating a link between Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional landscape views, especially of Marmolada.
(9.8km, 380m, 3-4.5h)
The Tre Cime is one of the Italian Dolomite’s best-known massifs. A hike along this route – the Tre Cime de Lavaredo (also known as the Drei Zinnen) is a must do! Here you’ll find the best views any hiker could ask for, as well as the option to fuel up at some Rifugios along the way: you’ll pass by the Rifugio Auronza, Lavaredo and Locatelli.
(16.4km, 700m, 5-6.25h)
This Sassopiato and Sassolungo hike are definitely on the longer end – requiring some endurance – however the views are more than worth it. If you can handle the strenuous steady climb, natural beauty, giant stand-alone massifs and unimpeded 360° views await!
(5.0km, 50m, 1-2.5h)
Looking to see one of the most beautiful lakes on earth? Definitely don’t miss out on the hike to the stunning Lago di Braies (also known as Pragser Wildsee in German). This pleasant (relatively short walk with minimal elevation gain) around the lake boasts a number of magnificent views.
(17.1km, 735m, 5-7h)
One of our favorite aspects of hiking in the Italian Dolomites is the wide variety of landscapes. The Alpe di Sennes hike certainly doesn’t disappoint! This circuit takes you through spectacular nature and past three well known Rifugios – the Rifugio Senes, Rifugio Fodara Vedla and Rifugio Biella. You can also shorten the walk along the way, so it’s a good option for eager beginners.
(11.4km, 446m, 3.5-4.5h)
The Seceda – Puez Odle hike offers a peaceful walk with stunning mountain views. You’ll find quaint little mountain huts blanketing the landscape, interspersed between the dramatic mountain peaks and rolling meadows.
(12.6km, 720m, 3.5-5h)
Hiking around the Nuvolau peak provides some of the most stunning mountain and rock formations in the world. This mountain is already known as being a top spot for adventurous climbers, but we think that a hike in the area is completely worth it too!
(5.0km, 215m, 2-3h)
If you’re traveling with beginner or intermediate hikers, the Lagazuoi to Passo Falzarego hike is a great option. Here you can take a cable car to experience breathtaking mountain-top views, historical ruins, a Rifugio with the world’s best strudel (in our opinion) and also the possibility to hike down the mountain, testing out your skills – something for every level.