Walking Holidays in the Dolomites

St Magdalena Winery in the Dolomites

A view of Sassolungo in the Sunshine, close to the St Magdalena winery

Not only do we love to run our Dolomites walking holidays and hike in some of the most stunning mountain scenery to be had, but we also have a passion for the region’s delicious wines. The St Magdalena winery has been at the pinnacle of Alto Adige’s production for a very long time. The current

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Ventian Spritz

The Venetian Spritz, the drink of Italy

Venetian Spritz is THE drink of the Dolomites The Venetian Spritz is not, shall we say, an ‘important’ drink. However, it’s red, for crying out loud, and composed of any unassuming white wine, sparkling water, and your choice of mixer. Although the first Venetian Spritz filtered down to Italy from Austria, they were only made

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Two Sad People Looking Forward to Next Season

Nearly at the Top; walking in the Italian Dolomites

Well our four wonderful Dolomite hiking breaks and the last two Peaks cancelled we are two very sad people are now back and missing the stunning views of the mountains. The Italian trekking breaks would have been a great success and everyone would have been was blown away by the Hotel Digon with its amazing

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Buying Rucksacks for a Walking Holiday

Coming down off Sassolungo with rucksacks

The first thing to consider when buying new rucksacks is the size. We would recommend considering rucksacks between 35 to 45 litres. This will assure you that you will have enough space for everything (including your all-important butties and cake). Remember in the winter in the UK, you will be carrying more equipment with you

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Ortisei Italy

Ortisei Italy A Street Scene

Ortisei Italy is famous for its ornate woodcarvings and the lovely pedestrian area with great shops and cafés. This idyllic part of Val Gardena in the Italian Sud Tyrol is a wonderful place for a walking holiday. Ortisei is 1,236m above sea level and is the largest village in Val Gardena; it has a population

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Walking Boots

Cleaning Walking Boots need not be a chore; your choice of footwear for walking, especially winter walking

I have been going on walking holidays for many years and walking boots have been my biggest bugbear. I have tried so many different types and the only boot which has felt really comfortable is a Brasher. The leather is so soft and they never need breaking in, it’s a really great walking boot for

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Choosing Walks from Walking Books

The Mont Blanc range overlooks Chamonix, home of the climbing world cup

People often ask us how we choose our walks on Italian and French walking breaks, it’s pretty easy to decide as we have spent many summer holidays in both places. But of course, we also bought lots of walking books along the way, some better than others, some calling a twelve mile walk with several

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Festival of Ladin Culture in Canazei

Rifugio Firenze a mecca for Ladin culture on a sunny September day

Canazei is a village in the heart of the Dolomites. On the first weekend of September every year the village hosts the traditional Festival of Ladin culture. For four happy days, folk playing Ladin music and enjoying a dance are everywhere. Ladin’s participate in traditional costume parades and eat typical Tirolean food while they celebrate

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Alpine Flowers in the Dolomites

Gentian one of the more lovely alpine flowers

Awesome snow-capped towering peaks have inspired and challenged climbers, walkers, artists and photographers for eternity. The Dolomites are also very special to one particular group of enthusiasts, those who love Alpine flowers. When the winter snows melt away, you’ll see spring flowers turn these majestic mountains into one of the greatest Alpine flower gardens in

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Italian Food Tour with German Influence

Italian Food Tour at the Hotel Digon Ortisei

Although Pinnacle Walking Holidays is all about walking I would love to diversify and run a week long Italian Food tour. There’s so much to discover in the Val Gardena region of Italy. Although it is the majestic Dolomite Mountains that will leave the longest-lasting and most memorable impression. The description of our walking holidays

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