If you are tired of the reenactment of our trip, good news! (I’m exhausted all over again!) The Great Dolomite Road excursion is our second to last leg of the trip!
This windy mountianous road was one of the top things on my Italy bucket list when I found out about it! The 24 hours we spent winding our way from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Bolzano were jaw-dropping (see photo below). In 1 day you can get a quick taste of the views, but I wish we had had more time. The towns we passed were quaint and there were a lot of hiking opportunities that we just didn’t have time for.
The route can be confusing because there isn’t a lot of signage. We basically would put interest points in the GPS and then try to stick to SS48 (Streda Dolomites/Strada statale delle Dolomiti). It meant some back tracking, but who really cares!
Most blogs and articles for the Great Dolomite Road start in Bolzano, but since we were coming from Vicenza it made sense to start at the end and work our way back. Here’s the website that peaked my interest in the Dolomites and it has the map we used to plot our journey.
Key stops (going from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Bolzano):
- Passo Falzarego/Mt. Lagazuoi (WWI battlefield)
- Castel Andraz
- Passo Pordoi
- Lago di Carezza (GPS will likely be wrong, stay on SS48 and follow signs – a must see stop)
- Nova Levante
We stayed the night in Bolzano, a town which admittedly felt more German than Italian (the whole region is like this). Before we left for Milan, we visited Otzi, the glacier mummy at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. When else will get to see a human thousands of years old, preserved by glacier ice? We had to take advantage!
Bolzano ended up being a great stop for us (minus the pizza we bought that had tuna on it – super gross). In addition to Otzi, we also found an inexpensive suitcase to help us be able to get all of our wine and olive oil back to the U.S.!