A Tour from Venice to the Dolomites

On our last visit to Venice we decided to do a day trip to the north and visit the Dolomites area of Italy.  The grand Dolomites are an amazing UNESCO site in Italy.  With jagged mountains, green pastures and beautiful clear lakes visiting the Dolomites Italy should be on everyones bucket list item.   Our tour to the Dolomites from Venice end up being one of the best we have ever taken.

We hired a private tour company which arrived at the pick-up location near the parking station in Venice.   We soon found out that our driver Luigi was knowledgeable and very informative, so we quickly knew our tour of the Dolomites would be a good one.

I really had no idea what to expect on this Venice to the Dolomites tour. There are times we choose not to do any research before going to specific places so that we can have some surprises and get the wow factor.  This was one of those times. In fact, I actually a few weeks before going I had to ask Kevin where are the Dolomites?

Lake view in the dolomites with clouds reflecting off lake

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Dam in‎ ⁨Auronzo di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
‎⁨Dam in Auronzo di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
‎⁨Pieve di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩. Tai Chi being practiced
‎⁨Pieve di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩. Tai Chi being practiced

Where are the Dolomites?  

The Dolomites Italy are located in the North east portion of Italy.  These Northern Italy dolomites expand across the regions of Trento, Bolzano and Belluno.


How to get to the Dolomites in Italy:

Getting to the Dolomites is relatively easy.

If you are interested in touring the Dolomites you can get there by carVenice to Dolomites is approximately a two and a half hour drive. You can also get to Cortina from Venice by train and bus.

Travel to the Dolomites

Luigi helped us make decisions for our Venice to Dolomites day tripby asking what we were interested in; shopping, sites, food, history- so basically we said yes to all.  A map of the Dolomites Italy was brought out by Luigi.  His suggestions were to take in a few small towns in the Dolomitesto explore, drive through the countryside and have a nice lunch.

Kevin and I in the Dolomites near‎⁨ Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort⁩, ⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
Kevin and I in the Dolomites near‎⁨ Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort⁩, ⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Italy⁩

How high are the Dolomites?

The highest elevation is at 10,968 feet on the Mountain Marmolada.  This mountain lies between Trentino and Veneto.

Are the Dolomites part of the Alps?

The answer is yes.  If you look at a map of the Dolomites mountains you will see they are part of the same mountain range.

‎⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩ hotel
‎⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩ hotel
Street in the Town of‎ ⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩,
Town of‎ ⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩

Driving in the Dolomites

As we headed north towards the Belluno province on our Dolomites tour from Venice we learned all about the surrounding mountains, life in the area, wildlife and any questions we had were all answered.  We were able to get some great pictures of the Dolomites too.

The greenery, lakes and mountain views we saw took my breath away.  I believe we went at a perfect time, early May, the weather in the Dolomites was not to hot and flowers were all in bloom.  A spectacular day in the Dolomites.

Farra d’Alpago, Auronzo di Cadore, ‎Pieve di Cadore were some of the towns in the Dolomites Italy region we visited.  The architecture throughout the area was a mixture of Italian, Swiss and even German influence.  We came across some hotels in the Dolomites that looked like they would make beautiful accommodations for special holidays in the Dolomites Italy.

Dolomite mountains in Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Italy
Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Italy
Dolomite mountains near‎⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
Dolomite mountains near‎⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩

Skiing in the Dolomites

Ski holidays in the Dolomites, must be a skiers dream! The 1956 Olympics were held here in Cortina.  It was very unique place to hold the Olympics because many of different events were within walking distance of each other.  Skiing the Dolomites was one of the top attractions of the 1956 Olympics.

Here are some of the best winter ski resorts in the Dolomites:

Ski Resorts in Dolomites

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1956 Olympics in Dolomites Italy
1956 Olympics in Dolomites Italy
‎⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort⁩, ⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
‎⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort⁩, ⁨Cortina d'Ampezzo⁩, ⁨Italy⁩

Other things to do in the Dolomites

Of course, some of the best things to do in the Dolomites involve outdoor activities.  As we were driving through the mountains I was really surprised to see and find out the sport of mountain biking Dolomites is so popular.  These Italian mountains are steep!  At times we came across bicyclist climbing at almost 90-degree angle!

Hiking the Dolomites is another popular activity. If you like to hike I can just imagine the views you will see, surly you will see the best of the Dolomites.

Here are some of the best hikes in the Dolomites:

The Dolomites Hiking

Here's something else to do in Italy!

Italian Cooking Class

‎⁨Misurina Lake in the Dolomites
‎⁨Misurina Lake in the Dolomites
‎⁨Auronzo di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩ mountain view
‎⁨Auronzo di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩

Final Thoughts on the Italian Mountains Dolomites

We loved our tour for the day, Venice Dolomites day trip.  Being able to customize the tour is always an extra bonus and Luigi was wonderful as a tour guide. If you have the extra funds I highly suggest the day trips you take to be a private or small group tour, you get more out of it and you have less stress. An area of Italy we had never explored, our Venice Dolomites tour was one of the best we ever experienced.  I would love to go back again to these amazing mountains to stay in beautiful resort high up, secluded and surrounded with all this magnificent beauty! And go sledding!

Our first trip to Italy

Rome- our first trip to Italy

Lake view and mountains in‎⁨Farra d'Alpago⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
‎⁨Farra d'Alpago⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩
‎⁨Pieve di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩ with a lake view
‎⁨Pieve di Cadore⁩, ⁨Veneto⁩, ⁨Italy⁩




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Sherrie has been traveling for sometime now. Her husband Kevin and herself love to explore different destinations and adventures. She has always wanted to write, so writing about traveling just became the obvious combination. "I love, love, love to travel! Everything about it- views, sights, experiences, exploration, food, wine and of course meeting people!" Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten


  • Michelle Chang

    November 7, 2018

    The Dolomites are definitely a place we’d like to go. I love that you didn’t do any research for the surprise! My husband does that, but I always end up researching. 🙂

  • E

    November 7, 2018

    Wow! Italy is on our bucket list but this is a location that wasn’t on our radar. It looks like it’s totally worth the day trip! Thanks for sharing!

  • Maria

    November 7, 2018

    This sounds like an amazing day trip! During our own trip to Venice we didn’t have time to plan a day trip and, to be honest, I had no idea that the Dolomites can be done as a day trip from Venice. We’ll definitely take this day trip ourselves on our next trip to Venice. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Gonca

    November 7, 2018

    Such amazing highlands! So epic! I can’t wait to see them. Thanks for your post

  • Eda

    November 7, 2018

    Italy has always called to me because of the mountains and scenery, The Dolomites are now on my list thank you!!

  • Brittany

    November 7, 2018

    The Dolomites and specifically the ‎⁨Misurina Lake look gorgeous! I can’t ski but would love to learn to ski there? Do you know if it’s a good resort for beginners? Thanks

  • An

    November 7, 2018

    We were there just a couple of months ago and it was the best roadtrip ever!:)

  • Rachelle

    November 7, 2018

    Your pictures are simply beautiful. I didn’t realize that the Dolomites were part of the Alps! So crazy awesome! I’m not a skier, but could totally see myself learning to ski in Italy!

  • Anna Schaeffer

    November 7, 2018

    I loooove these kinds of posts that have all the details you could possibly want! So informative! And your photos are gorrrrrgeous! Great post!

  • Nelly

    November 7, 2018

    I’m a Mountain lover and your picture made me dream about being there!

  • Laurence

    November 7, 2018

    That is big dam, didn’t know that there’s a mountains in Italy, looks amazing. Dolomites reminds me of Yosemite. Great pictures taken 🙂

  • Zenja | Bearly Here

    November 7, 2018

    Beautiful photos, such a great idea for a visit! Have you tried any hikes yourself? Would love to check it out and wonder if it’s accessible for different levels.

  • Esther

    November 8, 2018

    WoW!!! I have heard that this place is amazing and now that I read and see your photos I understand why. I wish I could one someday soon!

  • Urska | Sliva

    November 8, 2018

    Looks like you really enjoyed the Dolomites. I haven’t had a chance to visit it yet but heard that the Dolomites are a paradise for skiing in winter and for hiking in summer.

  • arv

    November 8, 2018

    I have never heard about the Dolomites before. Looks like a great excursion from Venice. I love the picturesque setting of this town.

  • federica

    November 8, 2018

    I love the Dolomites and I am looking forward to coming back there in February. I agree with you that road trips from Venice are a nice addition to any visit to the lagoon.

  • sunstylefiles

    November 8, 2018

    We’ve passed by the Dolomites many times on our way down from Switzerland to Italy but never made a turn in. This is certainly a place we should stop by on our next visit

  • Sarah

    November 8, 2018

    Wow, this looks amazing. Would love to explore the Dolomites. Your photos are amazing!

  • Inna

    November 8, 2018

    It’s definitely a trip to take if you are in Venice? How long was the drive from there to Dolomites?

  • renata -

    November 8, 2018

    I’m in Venice every other year for the Biennale and it’s good to leave the tourist zoo for a day 😉 This tour is really very inspiring, I think I’ll try it out next year. It looks just so wonderful on your pix!

  • Danielle

    November 8, 2018

    Oh my gosh the Dolomites have been on my list for a long time, and this has further confirmed my need to go there. Great post on such a beautiful place!

  • Smita Chandra

    November 8, 2018

    Lovely post and pictures! This is a trip I’ve long wanted to do! Hopefully, one of these days….

  • hannah

    November 8, 2018

    Ahh this is another trip thats been on my bucket list for such a long time- great guide, really informative!

  • Ferny

    November 8, 2018

    So close to Venice and so fabulous! It will definitely be a place to visit next time.
    I love Italy and would love to explore more.

  • Rajat Kumar

    November 9, 2018

    Venice is absolutely amazing city. and this description shows how beautiful is everything there.

  • Alex Trembath

    November 9, 2018

    We’re hoping to visit Venice very soon so this gives us some timely inspiration for our planning! Looks like a beautiful trip. Thank you!

  • Alan @

    November 9, 2018

    These photos are insane. It is tough to imagine the feeling of seeing the Dolomites!

  • Melissa

    November 9, 2018

    Thank you for such a fabulous post – I’m off to this region in 2019 – so your suggestions will definitely come in handy.

  • Sinjana

    November 9, 2018

    Such a beautiful drive in the dolomites. Thanks for sharing all the details of the different points of interest k. This fascinating place

  • Indu

    November 9, 2018

    I have spent lot of time in Italy exploring different regions but had no idea about this part. You have captured the beauty of Dolomites wonderfully.

  • daniele

    November 9, 2018

    You describe very detailed this zone. I live nearby and I love it. Your shots are amazing too. Great work

  • Daniel

    November 9, 2018

    The nature looks amazing over there! The Dolomites are definitely a place I’d like to go. Seems like you had a great time considering you didn’t do any research. 🙂

  • Amelia

    November 9, 2018

    Wow this looks amazing! A region in Italy I unfortunately haven’t been able to explore yet, but would really love to!

  • Roxanne Weijer

    November 10, 2018

    Your pictures are beautiful! I never visited Venice so this is great for when I go one day.

  • Yukti

    November 10, 2018

    I have heard so much about the Dolomites and missed it during my visit to Venice due to lack of time. ‎⁨Misurina Lake in the Dolomites looks heavenly and very photogenic.

  • Paul

    November 10, 2018

    What an epic journey, two of the best destinations in Europe. I love the Dolomites and you’re amazing photos have inspired me to go back again. Thanks for sharing this great post.

  • Puja

    November 10, 2018

    I had heard about this place from a friend and now that I seeing your post and pictures, I know why it is so incredible. I am adding it to our bucket list.

  • jen

    November 10, 2018

    Wow what a very scenic place! The drive from Venice to Dolomite must be very picturesque too. Add to that a few stops to some cheese restaurants, and then it’s 10/10.

  • alison

    November 11, 2018

    I had no idea the Dolomites were only 2 1/2 hours from Venice. What a great day trip and beautiful as well. I would love the hikes there. I can imagine how good the food is too.

  • Claire

    November 12, 2018

    Wahou your pictures of the Dolomites are gorgeous! I have never been to this area of Italy but clearly, I am missing out!

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    November 12, 2018


  • Esther

    November 13, 2018

    Wow the Dolomites are really a wonder to see!! The Dolomite mountain look so amazing and the lake just beneath it makes it more beautiful. I am sure hiking the mountain would be such an incredible experience.

  • Sayandeep Mondal

    November 13, 2018

    Well well! Now I have more reason to go Venice. I think I love the images there, it inspired me to go initially.

  • Clement II

    November 13, 2018

    Oh’, Venice! A destination to look forward to! This is definitely part of my wishlists to visit in the future with my family. Thank you for sharing this post!

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