Signoras, andiamo! Hike the Italian Dolomites, sleep in a cozy mountain hut, enjoy Italian cooking classes, meet local shepherds and cheesemakers, and walk through fields of alpine flowers as you taste mountain life high in the Dolomite Mountains in summer 2020!
Let’s go ladies! You land in Venice, Italy then head straight to the Italian mountain village of Pesariis, the “Town of the Clocks” (population 178). You’ll enjoy a beautiful organic evening meal prepared by your hosts, and in this warm farmhouse setting, get to know your women travel companions and get excited about your hiking adventure in Italy’s scenic Dolomites.
Your hiking tour in Italy begins with a full-day hike to the peak of Mount Coglians (9,122 feet) where, on a clear day, you can see Austria! Stop at the trailside Marinelli Hut for a fortifying lunch and then descend to enjoy unstructured time in the late afternoon exploring Pesariis.
For a delicious recovery day, enjoy a private cooking class and learn regional Italian specialties and recipes using local fruits and vegetables you’ve picked from your host’s organic garden! Then you’ll take a light afternoon hike up to ramble among the historic stone buildings of piccolo Stavoli di Orias. Imagine what everyday life is like high in the mountains as you feast your eyes on views of green Italian valleys far below. Later, visit an artisanal workshop producing harpsichords of fine local woods before sharing lunch with a local family in the tiny village of Vuezzis.
The next three days are spent in Cortina d’Ampezzo. You’ll crown your hiking adventure with a day-long hike on the Tre Cime Loop, hiking around the three most majestic peaks of the region for sweeping views. That evening, visit the Helmut Üllrich Astronomical Observatory on Col Druscié at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Search for planets using their powerful telescopes, then enjoy an experience that has mesmerized humans for millennia: contemplating the cosmos under a night sky dense with twinkling stars. The next morning, start out early for a spectacular overnight in the remote Sasso Piatto hut and a class in via ferrata, a method of traversing vertical trails. On the descent, visit Malga Sasso Piatto, an artisanal mountain cheese farm. You’ll join the morning milking with their shepherds, learn about making these mountain cheeses, and sample their delicious aged products for a true hands-on experience! Spend the next two nights in Moena, an Italian village with maximum charm and that is 100% car-free.
Take a drive to Bolzano on your last full day to view the 5,000 year old iceman, Ötzi, discovered nearby and on display! Now that you and your intrepid friends have hiked the heights of the Dolomites, you’ll have a new appreciation of his lifestyle and fate.
Return to the bustle of Venice for a guided tour and a farewell dinner along the city’s quaint backstreets and canals. The mountain views, the villages, the fresh air, the warmth of the Italian people – while everyone in your group may have different “favorite moments,” you’ll all agree that hiking through Italy’s Dolomite Mountains was made all the better by the company of women.
- Hiking Vacation in the Dolomites in Italy: Day-to-Day Itinerary
- What’s Included on your Hiking Trip in Italy
- Where You’ll Stay in the Dolomites
- What to Pack for a Hiking Trip in Italy
- Travel Tips & Information: Traveling to Venice, Italy
- Detailed Itinerary: Dolomites Mountains Hiking Vacation for Women
- Enjoy making and tasting delicious homemade Italian cooking with local families
- Explore on foot, tiny villages and farms set high in the Dolomite mountains among green fields and great drifts of summer flowers
- Hike to the Tre Cime, looping around the three most majestic peaks of the region
- View the 5,000 year old iceman, Ötzi
- Learn how to make delicious artisanal mountain cheeses at a local farm and participate in the milking process
What You'll See and Do
- Cooking Class
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Spa Element
- Women-To-Women Exchanges