Wander Trails among Mountain Spires, Alpine Meadows & Waterfalls
Far-north Italy is full of surprises for the nature traveler. Crowned with serrated peaks and culturally more Germanic than Italian, Italy’s South Tyrol and the Dolomites offer some of the most sublime vistas in the European Alps. Along the border of Austria in the autonomous region of Trento-Alto Adige, we find high alpine pastures, deep valleys, waterfalls, icy lakes and fields of wildflowers in summer, including edelweiss and alpine roses. Just east, the limestone pillars and pinnacles of the Dolomites dominate a fairytale landscape dotted with alpen villages and lowing cows. Its scenic spectacles and unique Ladin culture have earned the Dolomites recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In one of the world’s most glorious hiking destinations, wander mountain tracks to look for ibex and chamois in the shadow of mountain massifs that rise like giant gray teeth. Our adventure concludes on the edge of the range at Lake Garda, its blue expanse filling a glacier-carved trough.
- Follow Sublime Alpine TrailsExplore the Sella Massif in the heart of the Dolomites and the broad basin of the Ahrntal Valley, flanked by the Zillertal Alps with more than 80 peaks rising above 10,000 feet
- Explore via Mountain TramwaysRide the tram to the top of Marmolada, the highest range in the Dolomites, and ascend Europe’s largest alpine plateau via the Alpe di Siusi cable car
- Private Cruise on Lake GardaFrom the balmy resort town of Sirmione, with its thermal baths and medieval castle, survey the teal expanse of Lago di Garda, ringed by vineyards, olive groves and the Brenta Mountains