Dolomites and Italy

This page has links to pages of words and photos from a 2017 hike in the Dolomites of northeastern Italy.  It also has links to other places we visited in Italy during this trip and our adventures getting there and back. 

Stephen Plume, Jim Gold, and I spent 15 days visiting this fascinating area in late August and early September of 2017. The folks at Alpine Exploratory made our hotel and rifugio reservations, provided helpful travel information and excellent route cards for each day’s walk, and were very responsive to our needs for information and advice.  This is a group of travelers that know the Dolomites firsthand.

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Tre Cime and Dobbiaco

We joined the crowds for a morning hike around Tre Cime. This was a great warm-up for our Alta Via 1 trek. We spent the night in Dobbiaco a charming town.


Lago di Braies to Sennes

We started  Alta Via 1 along a beautiful lake and climbed steadily with over 3000 feet of elevation gain. We stayed at a beautiful rifugio having dinner with newly-made friends.


Sennes to Fanes

Another beautiful day started with a long downhill.  Then a long uphill with some fantastic scenery on the way to our rifugio for the night. Made friends with more fellow hikers this day.


Fanes to Lagazuoi

Light rain today, a long uphill, a very steep downhill, and a long uphill to our high-altitude rifugio. Then mid-afternoon the fog and rain cleared to produce dramatic vistas and light.


Lagazuoi to Nuvolau

Down to Passo Falzarego by a circuitous route with stops along the way before our climb to our rifugio made for a very dramatic late afternoon. Two of the “three white hats” made it.


Nuvolau to Citta’ di Flume

Early morning drama with light and snow. Much of this day we hiked in newly-fallen snow. There was a steep downhill and some long uphills, but overall it was not a terribly difficult day.


Citta’ di Flume to Vazzoler

We would hike through both scree slopes and pastoral landscapes,  climb the right shoulder of Civetta (seen here), and loop around it dropping to a beautiful lake before we crossed more scree. It was a long day.


Vazzoler to San Sebastiano

We had a number of long climbs through scree slopes, but this was not a particularly challenging day. For most of the day the dramatic Civetta was in view behind us.


San Sebastiano to Pian de Fontana

Today was a challenging but wonderful hike through some fantastic scenery. Martin and started uphill together, but I walked mostly alone, had a great lunch, then a long uphill slog followed by a long sometimes steep downhill.


Pian de Fontana to La Pissa

The final day of our trek was mostly downhill. We would lose 4700 feet of hard-gained altitude this day. We climbed to a beautiful forcella then headed down a dramatic valley dominated above by the huge Schiara.



We spend one night in Belluno, a beautiful and peaceful city.  It was a very enjoyable and restful 18 hours.  Belluno was quite different than the crowded excitement of Venice that was to come.






Getting There and Back