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How Many Days Should You Spend in the Dolomites?

Some of the best hiking, cycling, and skiing in the world can be found in the Dolomites, a portion of the Alps that crosses northern Italy. Even with 24 hours, there are great outdoor options, like day hikes in the gorgeous Ampezzo Valley. Come for three days and combine hiking with cycling for tours of remote prairies, glaciers, and limestone peaks. With a week you can cycle and hike from one side of the region to the other, stopping at high-altitude lakes, charming mountain towns, funky art installations, and relaxing day spas along the way.

Cycling in the Dolomites
Best Time of Year to Visit the Dolomites

Spread across Alto Adige, Trentino, and Veneto in northeastern Italy, and wedged between the Swiss and Austrian Alps, the Dolomites are a year-round mountain destination. Snow sport enthusiasts will have much to enjoy in winter, while hikers, mountain bikers, and travelers seeking more relaxed pursuits can enjoy the other three seasons. Read on to discover the best time of year to visit the Dolomites.

Dolomites Itineraries

Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Map of Dolomites High Traverse: Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Italy - 7 Days
Dolomites High Traverse: Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Italy - 7 Days

On this seven day trek, you'll encounter some of the world's most beautiful alpine scenery, including three of the most famous peaks in the Dolomites: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Hike between mountain huts high in the beautiful Northern Dolomites, traverse sheer rock walls using the area's famous via ferrati, and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in cozy refugi lodges along the route.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Map of Dolomites High Traverse - 10 Days
Dolomites High Traverse - 10 Days

Traverse the northern Dolomites starting at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three of the range's most famous peaks, and make your way to the Grupo Latemar near Bolzano. You'll hike through a number of national parks, crossing desert rocklands, forests, and green pastures as you travel the cultural and historic border between Europe's southern Latin and northern Germanic regions.

Mountain roads in the Dolomites
Map of Cycling Tour of the Dolomites - 8 Days
Cycling Tour of the Dolomites - 8 Days

Perfect for active travelers looking to enjoy one of Italy's most picturesque regions, this cycling trip will take you along snowy peaks and tranquil lakes in the Dolomite Mountains. Begin and end your trip with a bit of relaxation in the charming town of Pian dei Pradi before beginning your adventure through this lush region's hills, valleys, vineyards, farms, and quaint villages. Along your loop, you'll have time to sample authentic cuisine, soak in thermal baths, explore a nature preserve, and sip wine by the lake.

Riva del Garda, Lake Garda
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 14 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 14 Days

On your two-week trip to Italy, experience the beauty of alpine living in the Dolomites and on Lake Garda. Visit unique museums and quaint towns, including Ortisei and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Go hiking and ride funicular cable cars, marveling at the panoramic views. Stay in the historic towns of Riva del Garda and Desenzano del Garda, and take a guided tour of the Roman villas and castles protecting the lake.

A lake in the Dolomites
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 15 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 15 Days

Spend 15 days traveling through the dramatic Dolomites in Northern Italy to Lake Garda. Enjoy self-guided hikes in Belluno and Ortisei, visit a castle and monastery near Bolzano, and experience scenic Lake Garda by boat. Explore the Old Towns, and the fortresses guarding them, in Malcesine and Sirmione. Finish your trip in Verona by delving into Roman history on a guided city tour and visiting a local winery.

The Three Peaks of Lavarone, Dolomites
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 9 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 9 Days

See the best of the Dolomites and Lake Garda in 9 days. Explore medieval and baroque churches, interesting museums, and stunning nature throughout. Hike beautiful trails around Belluno and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Meet with local guides in Bolzano and Bressanone and learn the fascinating histories of these winding and narrow medieval town centers. Be charmed by Lake Garda's natural beauty and the colorful houses lining the lakeside promenades.

Alpine Town, Dolomites
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 10 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 10 Days

Spend 10 days amidst the mighty Dolomites as you visit the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks and Odle Mountains. Stay in charming towns full of colorful architecture. Explore regional history at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and the Bronze and Stone Age Museum at Lake Garda. Soak in the lake's tranquility and amazing views as you take a boat ride to Malcesine and ride a cable car to the top of Monte Baldo.

Hiking Trails, Dolomites
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 11 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 11 Days

Make the most of your trip with this 11-day itinerary to the Dolomites and Lake Garda. Balance free time exploring nature with guided tours of the beautiful and fascinating towns of Northern Italy. Hike trails and visit stunning spots at Belluno National Park and Misurina Lake. Take a day trip to Bressanone and the peaceful Novacella Abbey, a monastery with landscaped gardens and a winery. Stay in Sirmione on Lake Garda, climbing up to the iconic 13th-century castle and touring the ruins of a Roman villa. Linger in the past, learning about the Arena in Verona's Piazza Bra from a local guide.

Visit towns at the heart of the Dolomites
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 12 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 12 Days

Discover the Dolomites and Lake Garda on this 12-day journey. Experience unspoiled nature and the Northern Italian culture, heavily influenced by Austria and Germany. Visit popular ski towns and wander the medieval Old Towns of Belluno, Cortina d'Ampezzo, and Bolzano. Take a day trip to Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the Three Peaks of Lavardo) mountain range and do a short trek between refugios. On a guided tour of Lake Garda, explore historic villas and museums, and travel to the charming fishing village of Malcesine by boat. In Verona, expect Shakespearean romance, Roman history, and delicious wine before you head home.

Dolomites
Map of Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 13 Days
Mountains and Lakes in Northern Italy: The Dolomites, Lake Garda, Verona & More - 13 Days

With this 13-day itinerary, visit the most spectacular mountain ranges and lakes in Northern Italy. Spend a day hiking through a national park in the Dolomites region, and take a day trip to the magical Lake Misurina. Breathe in the clear alpine air as you walk around the towns of Bolzano and Bressanone in the Funes Valley. On Lake Garda, enjoy views from the top of Monte Baldo and the Scaliger Castles in Malcesine and Sirmione. Round off your trip in Verona, going wine tasting in the Valpolicella region.

Ferry across the palm-lined shores of Garda Lake
Map of Cycling Northern Italy: Dolomites to Venice, Slovenia to Croatia - 14 Days
Cycling Northern Italy: Dolomites to Venice, Slovenia to Croatia - 14 Days

Featuring two weeks of cycling through beautiful and diverse landscapes in northern Italy, you'll also pedal along the Slovenian and Croatian coastline. Begin your journey in Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites, and work your way south to Peschiera before turning east to Venice and following the Adriatic Sea around the Gulf of Trieste, where you'll end along the Istrian coast in Croatia's Poreč. Discover romantic Verona, marvel at architectural masterpieces in Vicenza, and soak weary muscles in thermal waters in Padua.

Town of Varenna on Lake Como
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 15 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 15 Days

Get away from the hustle and bustle on this 15-day Lakes District itinerary. See da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and catch a football game in Milan, then enjoy the city's buzzing nightlife. Tour resplendent summer villas on Lake Como, shop flea markets on Lake Maggiore, then end your trip on Lake Garda, where sunny beaches, charming Tyrolean villages, and the Valpolicella wine region await.

Romantic town of Verona
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 10 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 10 Days

From sophisticated Milan to leisurely Bellagio, this 10-day itinerary of Northern Italy is the perfect getaway. See da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and take in the buzzing Milan nightlife, then visit Lakes Como and Garda for a spectacular week on the water. Rent a kayak, go for an afternoon stroll through a sprawling lakeside estate and garden, and take a day trip to the Dolomite Mountains with a visit to the charming Tyrolian village of Ortisei.

 Lake Carezza in the Dolomites
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 7 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 7 Days

Explore Northern Italy's Lakes district on this weeklong getaway trip. Tour the Royal Palace, see art in the Castello Sforzesco, and enjoy the nightlife on Milan's Navigli canals. See da Vinci's The Last Supper, then head to Lake Como and Lake Garda to enjoy small lakeside villages, sprawling summer villas, and a day trip to the Dolomite Mountains.

Lake Garda
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 14 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 14 Days

Spend two relaxing weeks enjoying art, culture, and food. Shop for treasures at the Quadrilatero della Moda district and join the locals at the Navigli canals for high-energy nightlife in Milan. Spend four days on peaceful Lake Como, touring sleepy fishing harbors and learning to make the perfect pasta dish. Visit serene lakeside estates on Lake Maggiore, then end on Lake Garda for award-winning wine tasting and Tyrolean charm.

Town of Bellagio
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 12 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 12 Days

This twelve-day itinerary in Northern Italy is perfect for adventurous travelers with some time to spare. Start in Milan, the fashion and cultural capital, to see world-famous art and shop for luxury and designer items. Explore botanical gardens and family restaurants in Bellagio, then tour the Borromean Islands and browse the lakeside market in Lake Maggiore. End at Lake Garda for a Dolomite day excursion and wine tasting.

Dramatic Skies over Lake Maggiore
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 11 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 11 Days

Spend eleven days visiting the fashion and culture capital of Milan and relaxing on Italy's northern lakes. See world-famous art by da Vinci and shop for luxury items in the city, then head to the countryside for 8 days of sunshine. Explore sprawling summer villas and take a pasta-making class on Lake Como, then tour medieval castles and see Juliet's balcony in Verona near Lake Garda.

Bellagio lakeshore
Map of Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 8 Days
Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 8 Days

If spending eight days soaking in the sunshine and views of Italy's Lakes district sounds like a dream come true, this relaxed trip is for you. Explore the fashion & cultural capital of Milan, with time to go shopping and to enjoy the buzzing nightlife. Spend five days on the lake, enjoying leisurely afternoons by the water, trips to the spectacular Dolomite mountains, and touring Napoleon-era villas of Italy's rich and famous.

Beautiful gardens in Bellagio
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 9 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 9 Days

This packed 9-day itinerary is the perfect blend of metropolitan culture and a relaxed lake vibe. Start in Milan, the fashion capital, to see world-famous art and medieval churches. Head to the countryside for a week of exploring lakeside villages and villas, swimming, and market shopping for picnic lunches. From wine tasting to paragliding, Italy's Lakes are waiting to be explored.

Lake Maggiore
Map of Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 13 Days
Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 13 Days

Thirteen is considered a lucky number in Italy, so take time off and explore Northern Italy for thirteen days. Take in the history and amazing street food in Milan, then head to beautiful Lake Como for a week of sunshine, sprawling lakeside gardens, and wine tasting. Continue to Lakes Maggiore and Garda for Sunday mornings at the market, Napoleon-era villas, and the stunning Dolomite Mountains.