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Ortisei or Bolzano for 2 nights

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Ortisei or Bolzano for 2 nights

We are driving from Venice through the Dolomites onto Interlaken. We are hoping to stay 2 nights along the way either in Bolzano or Ortisei but we can't make up our minds! We are travelling with two babies who are 10 months old so will need access to pharmacy/supermarkets etc. We'd also like to experience accommodation in a castle so that may determine where we stay! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! We are going mid September this year and have a car.

Our questions are:

- Where best to stay - Ortisei or Bolzano for convenience, atmosphere, pram friendly, views, accessibility

- Is the scenery and cable car experience very different from what we will experience in Switzerland?

- Any suggestions on a castle we could stay in the area?

Many thanks!!

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1. Re: Ortisei or Bolzano for 2 nights

Hi,

Bolzano is a city with a old town "core", with traffic, etc. that comes with a city. Not situated "in" the Dolomites. Ortisei is a small "old town" with a small pedestrian zone "in" the Dolomites. Between these two, Ortisei, no question. The 3 main towns/villages (Ortisei, St. Christina, Selva) that comprise the Val Gardena are just a 5 minute drive from one to the next (St. Christina being in the middle of the 3), so nothing is far.

As we've been to both the berner Oberland and the Dolomites, the scenery in the Dolomites is NOTHING like the Swiss Alps. The Dolomites are a very unique experinece.

For a walk among the Dolomites with a pram/stroller, try the Mont Seuc/Seiser Alm cable car that goes right from Ortisei up to the gorgeous Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi. You'll find at the top here a restaurant/cafe with indoor seating and a beautiful large outdoor deck seating area with views onto the Dolomites. Alos, there are paved paths which will be easy to walk with prams/strollers.

Here's a map of Ortisei:

val-gardena.com/download/gardena/pdf/piantin…

http://www.val-gardena.com/en/

www.alpedisiusi-seiseralm.com/eng/index.html

www.val-gardena.net/en/shopping-selva.asp

Paul

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2. Re: Ortisei or Bolzano for 2 nights

Thank you so much, awesome tips

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3. Re: Ortisei or Bolzano for 2 nights

You're welcome. Enjoy your trip.

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4. Re: Ortisei or Bolzano for 2 nights

I'd also recommend Ortisei. Bolzano with a car was a nightmare.

If you give up your castle dream, I can highly suggest the small family run Hotel Digon (http://www.hoteldigon.com/en/Default.asp ). The views across the valley from the room balconies to the town and mountains beyond were spectacular. I had a family room with a small table and benches and beds for 4 which would be perfect for your family. I ate my meals there because it was easy and the food was so good. Parking is convenient in covered spaces.

My photo of the hotel:

alwaysonefootoutthedoor.com/europe/italy/dol…

View from the room:

alwaysonefootoutthedoor.com/europe/italy/dol…

TAB

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