Escape to Northen Italy

Escape to Northen Italy

I had always dreamed about visiting Italy…the food, the scenery, the mountains and so much more! I had the opportunity to explore around Northern Italy recently and it was such an amazing journey. We flew into Venice airport decided to rent a car and drive north towards the Italian Dolomite Mountains. We arrived in a town Called Cortina de Ampezzo, a little ski town that skis right in the middle of the Dolomites. Jagged peaks surrounded us everywhere, and you are just minutes away from some of the most beautiful hikes.

Lagos Sorapis was the first hike we did, it was moderate with some challenging vertical spots, winding you up around mountains and valleys. It was around 7.5 miles round trip, which if you start earlier is the perfect day hike. Hiking shoes are recommended and snacks and lots of water are also needed. It will take you to a blue lake surrounded by peaks of the Dolomites.

Our next stop was Lago Braies, Which is about a 30 minute drive outside Cortina, but totally worth it! This is just a park and walk around the lake sort of stop but so beautiful none the less! We arrived early morning to catch the sun coming over the mountains and not a surprise it was packed with people, but if you can ignore the surrounding people and just stay in the zone you will have a rewarding experience. The lake itself is picturesque, and generally, you can rent rowboats but it was closed when we were there. You can walk around most of the lake to find some peace and quiet.

Lago Braies hike
Our third top spot was Tre Cime di Lavaredo, there is so much to do in this one spot, and lots of history as well. There are jagged peaks to your right and the Tre Cime towers to your left, each good hikes but not too crazy of distances. One morning we took in the jagged peak walk and the other morning we went the other way. You can see old world war 2 bunkers and many little buildings up top the mountains, some of the places they have built things is remarkable. The three towers are beautiful at sunrise, the hike is around 6 miles if you do the whole loop and it is a must see spot.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike
Tre Cime di Lavaredo view

Gear: When we visited it was October and definitely starting to get cold, so I layered up with thick leggings, multiple shirts, and a puffy coat. You want to always be over prepared when you’re hiking out in the cold. I used my Bionica shoes the entire trip, some hikes I could wear my Orsola sneakers, but on longer colder hikes I opted for my Natick Boots and that seemed to keep me warm all hike long!

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