The Dolomites of northeastern Italy are blessed with vast forests, high-altitude rocky landscapes and seas of beautiful wildflowers, making them ideal for walking in summer.
Shorter Walks in the Dolomites by Gillian Price has something for everyone here, from high mountain walks with strenuous climbs for experienced walkers, to leisurely family strolls through the valleys. Each walk described in this guidebook can be completed in a single day.
The extensive network of trains and buses across the Dolomites is refreshingly inexpensive, easy to use and unfailingly reliable. All but two of the 50 walks start and finish at a point accessible by local transport.
Visit the Dolomites between June and October for walking, unless you're equipped with showshoes or skis. From early summer many low-altitude walks are feasible, but it's worth waiting until July for high-altitude routes to be free of late-lying snow.
50 day walks, graded for difficulty
the range is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
all the background and planning information you need, including an Italian-German-English glossary
June to October is ideal for walking. Snow can remain at the highest altitude well into July. Huts open late June to late September
Cortina, Sesto, Dobbiaco, Misurina, Forno di Zoldo, San Cassiano, Corvara, Canazei, Arabba, San Martino di Castrozza, Funes, Selva di Val Gardena, Ortisei, Fiè, Madonna di Campiglio
something for everyone - all walks graded from easy to strenuous; day walks (or two days with a night in a hut); some involve exposed sections with cable
Tre Cime di Lavaredo, marmots and ibex, wildflowers, Lagazuoi, dinosaur footprints on the Pelmo, Rifugio Nuvolau, Rifugio Palmieri, the Civetta, Pale di San Martino Altopiano, First World War sites, Piz Boè circuit on the Sella massif, Sentiero delle Odle