FORGET SKIING, SUMMER IS THE BEST TIME TO EXPLORE THE SUD TYROL

[VAL BADIA, ITALY] — You read a lot of about skiing in the Dolomites of Italy, but I can’t believe how little is written about how amazing the Dolomiti are in summer. In the winter, rates are high, availability is low and restaurants are hard to get into. But in the summer, what they call the “off season”, the rates are a fraction of winter, the crowds are small and you almost have the hiking trails to yourself. The Dolomites are aren’t just one range, but dozens. Kinda confusing, especially for me, to piece it all together. It’s all called “Dolomites”

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TAKE A LONG HIKE THROUGH ALTA BADIA IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

[VAL BADIA, ITALY] — The Dolomites are aren’t just one range, but dozens. Kinda confusing, especially for me, to piece it all together. It’s all called “Dolomites” or “Alto Adige” and “Süd Tyrol” … and in a part of Italy that was once part of Austria. So the names are always in three languages. But no matter what you call it, go there. I’ve previously posted pics from the Brenta range. These are just from Val Badia (or also called Alta Badia!), a spectacular valley that is just a fraction of the Dolomites greatness. I can’t wait to go back and figure

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THE FINEST HOTEL IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

[SAN CASSIANO, ITALY] — When I checked into the Hotel Rosa Alpina a man was standing there off to the side, bouncing a baby in his right arm, baby projecting out like a cat. “Oh Hi, we’ve been waiting for you. I’d shake your hand, but the baby…” and reached out his left hand. And so it started like that. This is the Hotel Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano Italy. This place ranks right up there with one of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had. (And for those that follow me, all six of you, you know that I like a

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THE PERFECT HOTEL TO EXPLORE THE BRENTA DOLOMITES

[TRENTINO, ITALY] — During the ski season, Madonna di Compiglio attracts people from all over the world. During the “off season” — which I can’t relieve believe they call it that, it is such a gorgeous time of year — it is uncrowded and the scenery is just jaw-dropping. And the view from the Hermitage BioHotel is about as great as any I’ve seen. Stunning. As you’d expect in this heavily Germanic part of Italy, the place has the perfect alpine decor. It used to be a B&B, but several years ago the multi-generation family that owns the place undertook

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GO FOR A HIKE IN THE BRENTA DOLOMITES.

[TRENTINO–ITALY] — “Theeesa ees the one.” she said, in that lovely Italan way of needing to add a vowel onto every word. “Theesa one is da best hika in the valley. And ifa you go heer, ita isa the besta viewa inaalla da Dolomites.” That’s Barbara, the owner of my splendid hotel in the Brenta region of the Italian Dolomites. There isn’t just one Dolomite, but many different ranges. But many say this is one of the best sections, centered around the Madonna di Compiglio ski resort, tucked into a valley with over sixty lifts going in all directions. Those looking

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