Dolomiti : Michelin's recommendations
The variety of walks, footpaths and alpine excursions in the Dolomites offers plenty for casual walkers and experienced alpinists alike. The region is renowned for its resorts which make ideal base camps such as Vigo di Fassa in the Catinaccio Massif in the west, Canazei for more difficult ascents up the Marmolada (3 342m, highest point of the range), the smart Cortina d'Ampezzo bordered by Tondi di Faloria (2 327m), Tofana di Mezzo (3 244m) and the Pocol lookout point, or again Sesto to the north which commands wonderful views of the Dolomites. As you explore them one after the other, you will go through superb passes such as Sella and Pordoi and follow valleys ( Gardena to the west, Cordevole to the south) renowned for their scenery and traditional villages. You will also come upon glacial lakes such as Lake Carezza near the Costalunga Pass, Fedaia in the Marmolada, the magnificent Lake Braies and that of Misurina. The waters of all these lakes reflect the superb mountains in colours which vary with the time of day and depth of the lake. Other exceptional viewpoints include the Tre Cime de Lavaredo (2 999m) to the east and the Monte Plose (2 054m) to the nortwest. The region is also home to many interesting edifices which are bound to appeal to history lovers. Among these is the outstanding 12C Abbazia di Novacella. You might also visit the 13C collegiata in the village of San Candido or the delightful little town of Bressanone full of typically Tyrolean charm and monuments.