5 Top spots in the Dolomites

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If you are a mountain lover, you can't not go to the Dolomites! The Dolomites are a group of mountains in the Eastern Italian Alps, south of the main Alpine chain, almost entirely included in the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The Alps are also home to a national park and nine natural parks and the largest Italian ski area.

They are known all over the world for their incredible natural beauty, it is impossible not to fall in love with them. Feel free to discover them at your own pace, but if you don't know where to begin here you will find the 5 most famous spots!

1) Tre Cime di Lavaredo

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The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are among the most famous peaks of the Dolomites, on the border of the territory of the Sesto Dolomites and that of Auronzo di Cadore. They are also considered to be among the most famous natural wonders in the world of mountaineering, with the Cima Grande representing one of the classic north faces of the Alps, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and the Tre Cime Natural Park.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites are now very easy to reach: more tourists prefer to travel by car or bus on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo toll road to the Auronzo Refuge. The more trained ones opt for an excursion of several hours starting from the Val Fiscalina in Sesto or from the Valle della Rienza in Dobbiaco, always going to the top. After getting there many paths can be taken, all of which lead to different yet mesmerizing views.

2) Alpe di Siusi

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Alpe di Siusi is one of the most famous and photographed places in the Dolomites on Instagram. Regardless of the season, this place offers an atmosphere to shoot unforgettable shots.

Alpe di Siusi is a Dolomite plateau located in Italy, in South Tyrol, within the territory of the municipality of Castelrotto. From the alp you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view. The area is connected to the neighbouring Ortisei in Val Gardena and Siusi by ski lifts. It also presents various infrastractures, all of which can accomodate your needs, both during summer and winter.

Alpe di Siusi can be reached by car from the road that connects Castelrotto to Siusi allo Sciliar or from Monte Pana by bus only during certain months of the year. It is a spectacular place in every season, where wonderful sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed.

3) Braies Lake

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Lake Braies is one of the most famous lakes in Italy, and the most shared on Instagram. Before it became famous on social media, it wasn't highly regarded. With its advent on social media it now receives millions of visitors a year.

This lake is one of the attractions of which Trentino-Alto Adige is most proud of and thousands of tourists come to this magical place every year for picnics in breathtaking nature, little excursions and to breath a healthy air.

Lake Braies is located in South Tyrol, in the municipality of Braies, in the heart of the Braies Valley located in Alta Pusteria. It is absorbed in the wonderful Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park.

One of the most popular outdoor activities for visitors to do in Lake Braies is to tackle the promenade that winds along its perimeter. The route starts from the Hotel Lago di Braies and allows you to observe the lake from unique angles as well as to stop along the way for regenerating breaks, to eat packed lunches or simply to enjoy the extraordinary sight. It is also possible to navigate the wonderful waters on board of typical wooden boats, which can be rented not far from the hotel, and have the privilege of looking at the lake from a decidedly particular point of view. The silence and the sound of the oars that make their way through the waters will be the only sounds to accompany the sailors.

4) Funes

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Its church is unmistakable, it's one of the last uncontaminated valleys and for this reason it attracts millions of visitors every year for its tranquility and the richness of breathtaking views. Funes is a "Pearl of the Alps", in fact it is committed to offer tourists a sustainable holiday, in the name of protecting the environment.

Funes is an outdoor gym for those who love active holidays in every season. In winter, the valley turns white, giving you an inimitable spectacle. You can spend long days in the snow, between ski slopes, snowshoeing and exciting tobogganing. After a day outdoors, you can relax and regenerate in the wellness areas of the hotels in Funes. During summer, the Val di Funes turns into a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Excursions in the Odle Group, walks in the Puez-Odle Nature Park, Nordic walking routes, via ferratas, countless family-friendly trails and much more awaits you.

5) Carezza's Lake

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Lake Carezza is one of the tourist destinations in Trentino-Alto Adige.

The particular reflection of the lake has given rise to legends, particularly famous the one that tells of the nymph Ondina, who lived in its waters. The Latemar sorcerer fell in love with her and tried several times to kidnap her, so much so that he made a beautiful rainbow appear over Lake Carezza to attract her. When the latter came out of the waters she saw the sorcerer and fled frightened. Then the magician, in great fury, took the rainbow and threw it into a thousand pieces into the lake. From that day on, all the colors of the rainbow are reflected in the waters of Lake Carezza.

The reflection of this lake is staggering, it really looks like a mirror!

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