Dolomiti travel photography: 23 images to inspire your next trip
If you’ve been following my recent Instagram feed, you’ll notice there’s one place that features in every post: the Dolomiti. I’ve been lucky to spend my winter holidays here, and what words can’t describe, pictures can say 100 times better.
The Dolomiti – location
The Dolomiti is a mountain range in north-eastern Italy. The provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino all share the glorious mountain range, from the regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol respectively.
Given its close proximity to the border with Austria, you’ll see many signposting in German once in the Dolomiti. In fact, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol is an autonomous province, with around 62% of the population speaking German.
There are similar mountain structures in the surrounding regions to the Dolomiti. This includes Dolomiti di Brenta and the charmingly named Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites) between Verona, Vicenza and Trentino. UNESCO named the Dolomiti as a World Heritage Site in 2009.
Towns to visit
As you can imagine, there are a vast number of towns to choose from when visiting the Dolomiti. Naturally, this depends on what you plan to do during your trip. Towns like Cortina d’Ampezzo or Corvara are ideal for travellers looking to do some winter sports, as well as shopping!
Cortina d’Ampezzo a former Winter Olympics host city; something you can still see from the famous Olympic rings still on display. These 2 towns are also typically known for being on the more expensive/luxury side, with fur coats being the ladies’ outerwear of choice. Other places worthy of a mention include Ortisei and Selva di val gardena. This pretty village at the end of the Gardena Valley offers a perfect combination of sporting and leisure activities.
“Put on your snow boots and coat, explore the area, and let the snow gently kiss your skin.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
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Selva di Cadore
This municipality is in Belluno, and around 3 hours’ drive if coming from Venice. The main villages — and the one we stayed in — include Santa Fosca and Pescul. Neighbouring municipalities worth visiting are Colle Santa Lucia, Borca di Cadore and Zoldo Alto.
A great base for skiing and snowboarding, the village of Santa Fosca is nearby the major slopes and ski schools. However, for me, the most magical part of the stay is the scenery. The Dolomiti is known for its ever-changing light and colours depending on the time of day.
Being a lover of sunsets, it’ll come as little surprise that I most look forward to 4pm. It’s the time when the sky turns ‘salmon pink’, and shades of orange, yellows and blues enter the picture. However, these colours only last for minutes, so you need to be quick if you plan to photograph them.
Being a skier or snowboarder holds no weight here. You can get the best out of the Dolomiti simply by observing the landscape. Put on your snow boots and coat, explore the area, and let the snow gently kiss your skin. If you love being in nature, you’ll absolutely fall in love during your time in Santa Fosca.
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