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Hiking in the mountains of the Dolomites

1 July 2018
Dolomites

The Dolomites is North Italy at its best! It is one of the hidden gems of Southern Europe with its impressive and pure nature. Hikers and sports enthusiasts can certainly go wild here, but it is also a good match as a relaxing holiday with family. We stayed for a week in Levico Terme, Trento and explored the area of South Tirol.

For all the adventurous hikers (Dolomites)

The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeast of Italy. This mountain range consists of two parts, namely the eastern and the western part. It is a beautiful region with its long valleys, steep cliffs and rocky walls but also a paradise for hikers. In 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Val di Funes/ Villnöss

Those who want to enjoy untouched nature in a quiet environment between the Odle/Geisler mountains, should definitely explore the region of Val di Funess. Hiking enthousiasts can choose from different types of ‘trails’, namely:

  • adventurous trail
  • nature experience trail
  • tail geotrail
  • the winter hiking trails
  • the Dolorama track
Dolomites Vilnöss

St. Johann church in Ranui

Except for hiking, you can also do other activities such as cycling, horseback riding, high ropes adventure park, … After all the effort of sports, you should try one of the local crafts such as honey, Graues Geisler Rind beef, wine or Apline cheese. 

In Villnöss you have the Santa Maddalena church but if you drive to Ranui, you will find the St. Johann church. One of the ‘hidden spots’ where many photographers take a chance in the morning. Now I have to be honest, the St. Johann church has become quite popular. In fact, they even made a way to the church, so not everyone would walk in the farmer’s field.

 Photo tip: St. Johann kerk in Ranui, nearby Villnöss

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St. Johann church, a photographers hotspot

Feltre

During our trip back to Camping Due Laghi, we passed by the village of Feltre. This small village on river Stizzon is not known among tourists, but was enchanted by a beautiful sunset and drew our attention immediately. Unfortunately, we saw Feltre just from the main road because it was too late to discover the city itself. The houses of Feltre are so charming and characteristic so this town is certainly worth a visit. Of course you should not expect large shops here, but rather beautiful rustic facades, a traditional way of life. The Romans founded this town, but afterwords it has long belonged to the republic of Venice.

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Feltre during an amazing sunset

Bozen

During winter, Bozen is very popular among skiers and in the summer it is like heaven on earth for cyclists and hikers. On our last day we met our Italian friends, who brought us to a nice spot in Kastelruth, Bolzano. Around sunset we arrived in the beautiful Seiser Alm. This is the largest mountain meadow (Alm means mountain meadow ) in Europe and is surrounded by immense mountain ranges.

Dolomites Seiser Alm

The beautiful Seiser Alm

Dolomites Seiser Alm

The amazing nature of Seiser Alm

 

Practical information about our trip:

Our stay in Camping Due Laghi

We stayed in Levico Terme which is an Italian province of Trento. Camping Due Laghi is located at Lago di Levico and is separated by a small mountain from its larger brother, Lago di Caldonazzo. It is a cozy Dutch campsite, where you immediately feel at home.

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The entrance od Camping Due Laghi

Location

We went to the supermarket in Belgium but upon arrival we saw that there is a large supermarket within walking distance. Camping Due Laghi has a good location because everything you need is within walking distance. For example, you have a gas station, electronics store, car wash and glacier all within a hundred meter. 

Types of accommodation:

There are different types of accommodation but we stayed in camper Fiji 1. This caravan has an area of 24m2 and has 2 bedrooms, a separate toilet and a decent bathroom.

Dolomites camping

Fiji 1 – Vacansoleil camper

Some places of interest nearby Camping Due Laghi:

There are several nice places and attractions in the neighborhood of Due Laghi, namely:

  • Lago di Levico: 300 meter
    This lake is within walking distance of Camping Due Laghi and is a popular place among Dutch tourists. Motor boats are forbidden here, so you can swim, canoe, sail, windsurf or supple without being disturbed.
  • Levico Terme: 1 km
    The thermal baths are the highlight of Levico and consequently known by everyone. The therapeutic effect of the arsenic- and iron-containing water is pretty unique in Italy.
  • Trente: 26 km
    For more information about the magnifique Trente, go to this blog.
  • Lago di Molveno: 60 km
    The beaches of Lago di Molveno are one the most beautiful in Trentino. The water is perfect for some refreshment as it is located at more at 800 meters and surrounded by the mountains of the Brenta Dolomites. This place is very popular among Italian families. You can also stay overnight in one of the many hotels.
  • Verona: 121 km
    For more information about the magnifique Verona, go to this blog.
Our experience:

It was the first time I spend a holiday at a campsite. Therefore I must admit it was worth it! It is a totally different compared to a hotel stay. VacanSoleil offers an excellent service, which is largely done in Dutch. Camping Due Laghi and our caravan were clean and comfortable. In my opinion is this camping is perfect for couples with children, because they can play outside and make friends.

Link: Camping Due Laghi

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Dolomieten

Facts:

Period: 14 t/m 20 June, 5 nights
Kilometers: 2200 km (inclusive back and forth from Antwerp, België)
Vignetwho drives to Italy through Germany and Austria will need a vignette (to drive through Austria). The price for a 10-day vignette is 9.5 euros. This vignette can be purchased online or in a petrol station close to the border.
Fuel costs: 270 euro
Costs toll roads: 40 euro
Accommodation: Camping Due Laghi in Trentino 
Practical travel guides: Venice, Verona, Lake Garda & the Dolomites with Kids

 

Still on the bucket list

  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo
  • Nature park Puez Geisler, Sass Rigais
  • Seceda 2500 meter (you can take the cable car from Ortisei in Val Gardena which is 4,5 km and costs 19 euros)
  • Alta Badia Dolomiti (Chiesa di Santa Barbara)

 

 You can read here everything about the location behind this picture!

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