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Walking holidays in the French Alps – Val Gardena

Rifugio Bolzano in the Dolomites

The castle in the Dolomites and the symbol of South Tyrol.

They call Rifugio Bolzano the castle in the mountains: it sits on the Sciliar/Schlern plateau and has become the symbol of South Tyrol. Our walk of the month is the Rifugio Bolzano; it’s a difficult walk but has the most rewarding views. It’s not on the Pinnacle Walking Holidays itinerary, but on day off if

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Ortisei Town Centre in the Italian Dolomites

Above Ortisei the Church overlooks magnificent mountains

Ortisei town centre in the Italian Dolomites is famous for its woodcarvings and the lovely pedestrian area. It also has an abundance of great shops and cafés. It is an idyllic part of Val Gardena, and is a wonderful place for a walking holiday. We have been visiting Ortisei for many years and I cannot

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South Tyrol a Magical Holiday Destination

Stunning dolomite rock of the South Tyrol

Awesome Scenery, Delicious Cuisine Tradition, warm hospitality, delicious Alpine food, perfectly groomed ski runs, time for relaxation and sporting opportunities for everyone in South Tyrol. The Dolomites of the South Tyrol are magical and benefits from 300 sunny days per year: that’s what draws Pinnacle Walking Holidays guests back each year. South Tyrol is famous

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Driving to Italy via England, France, Germany and Austria

View of Sciliar from the Brenner Pass when driving to Italy

It is rare that guests drive to Chamonix for our French Alps walking holidays as Geneva is so accessible by air from the UK. However driving to Italy is a different story. The Dolomites is not as easy to fly to, and many of the airports are still a reasonable drive away. Every autumn we

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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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Italian Walking Holidays

holidays in the dolomites

A few years ago, we spent couple of months researching hotels in Val Gardena to use for our Italian Walking Holidays. There are so many lovely places in all three villages. The Villages of Val Gardena. Ortisei is a place we had spent many happy walking holidays and had got to know the area very well.

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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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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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Look Forward to Lunch at the Puez Hut

Puez Hut

Thinking ahead to late Summer/Autumn, we still have some spaces left on our Dolomite walking holidays in September. This time of year is a beautiful time to visit this stunning alpine area. Join us and you can look forward to a lunch spot at the gorgeous Puez Hut. The walking is so varied and there

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Otzi the Iceman has Home in the Otztal Alps

Averau in the Dolomites, home to Ozti the Iceman

On a sunny day in 1991, Erika and Helmut Simon from Nuremberg in Germany, were walking in the Ötztal Alps. As they walked passed a rocky gully filled with meltwater, they noticed something brown on the gully bed. The Germans inspected what they first thought was some sort of rubbish, but quickly realised that they

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