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Carless First Timers in Dolomites, Itinerary suggestions?

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Carless First Timers in Dolomites, Itinerary suggestions?

Hi! Would love some suggestions on a Dolomites carless itinerary! There is a lot of information on the forum but I'm not able to find any detailed suggestions for exploring the area without a car.

We're planning on going beg. of Aug from London. Flying into Milan (the closest airport to the area?) and taking a bus/train to Dolomites. Where should we head as our base? Should we spend the night in one town, leave our bags and then hike, spend the night in another town? We've young and adventurous, LOVE hiking and aren't afraid of a challenge.

Ideally, I'd love to spend the night (leave bags), hike somewhere different, spend the night, hike through the day and at the end of the day take a bus/train back to base. Where should we go to catch a train from Dolomites to Cinque Terre area?

Would really love to hear from anyone! Thank you :)

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1. Re: Carless First Timers in Dolomites, Itinerary suggestions?

Hi Sofya,

Firstly, if you do want a careless itinerary you will have to consider on hiring a local hiking guide who would be able to plan your hike and do all the necessary booking of your accommodation.

Then you’d have to consider wheather you’d like to stay overnight in the huts or do day-hikes starting somewhere near your hotel (you can use public transport quite readily in particular in the Dolomites within the province of Bolzano). Booking yourself in into another hotel every night will be difficult: August is main travel season, and you won’t find nor get accommodation everywhere for one night only – except in the rifugis in the mountains.

The closest airport to get into the Dolomites from is either Innsbruck or Verona (Italy). From there you can catch a train that gets you into the Dolomites via Bolzano (and from there to Val Gardena for example) or via Fortezza and then into the Val Pusteria. Getting out of the Dolomites and on to Cinque Terre works the other way.

From Val Pusteria you’ll get easy access into the northern Dolomites (Dolomiti di Sessto, Dolomiti di Fanes, Sennes and Braies, etc.). Best way is to purchase maps from the Dolomites to do some planning at home. The best maps are from Tabacco (just google them or request them in a bookshop) in a scale of 1:25.000. Do NOT purchase maps in 1:30.000 or even larger, they are completely worthless – you find out why only once you’re actually here and try to find your way with these maps. As far as buying the maps is concerned I think you can also buy the online-version of the maps, so you’ll get instant access to the maps and you don’t have to wait for the paper-versions.

Gerd

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