Ten Reasons To Visit Trentino In The Summer

Ten Reasons To Visit Trentino In The Summer

I was only 10 the first time my parents decided to visit Trentino for our summer holidays. I don’t have detailed memories of the places we visited (my mother refreshed my memory and told me we visited Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa), but I do remember that we kept being wowed by the incredible scenery and we had a great time. It’s there that I was introduced to the incredible world of hiking, which is now one of my favorite things to do.

Without the shadow of a doubt, Trentino is one of the nicest places to visit in Northern Italy. It’s a lovely region, located between the Southern Alps and easily reached from Venice or Verona. Its main feature is the Dolomites, a fabulous, unique mountain range which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which it shares with Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Trentino is a land of mountains and lakes; of gorgeous valleys where nature rules (I am still drooling over my pictures of Val di Fassa). Adding to this already fantastic mix there are great food, welcoming people and a few touches of affordable luxury that make it an excellent destination for families, adventure travelers and, needless to say, solo travelers like myself.

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My parents would take me to visit Trentino in the summer, as a child

That’s why my parents kept wanting to visit Trentino. We spent a few summers there, and one summer in Chamonix, France, until I turned 18 and decided that cool kids would not travel with their parents but would rather stay home alone in Sardinia during the summer.

After that, I didn’t really visit Trentino until a few weeks ago, when I finally decided it was time to go again and made my way to visit Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa to participate in Suoni delle Dolomiti, one of the best summer music festivals in Italy.

I am so glad I did! I know Trentino is a very popular destination in the winter time, when snow covers the mountains and it’s possible to ski; but I encourage everyone who loves walking and hiking to visit Trentino in the summer.

Yes: Trentino is a great place to spend summer holidays in Italy. In this post, I highlight 10 reasons to visit Trentino in the summer.

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Those who visit Trentino get to see the Dolomites: need I say more?

Ten Reasons To Visit Trentino In The Summer

It’s home to the Dolomites

I could have just said mountains, but the Dolomites are not “just mountains.” They are unique, mighty and won’t stop surprising visitors, their vertical walls springing up and diving into the sky at every turn. If most people who visit Trentino will be happy enough to admire the peaks of the Dolomites, those who like adventure sports will want to put their hands on them, quite literally.

Adventure lovers will be happy to know that one of the nicest things to do in Trentino, that is best enjoyed during the summer, is rock climbing: the Dolomites provide plenty of opportunities for that.

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Hiking in Val di Fassa is one of the unmissable things to do in Trentino

There’s some fantastic hiking trails

To me, mountains is sinonymous with hiking. One of the top reasons to visit Trentino in the summer is to enjoy the multitude of hiking trails in the Dolomites. I have done 3 short hikes in the space of 4 days, in the Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa areas, and all felt very rewarding with incredible views and unique cultural experiences.

Read more about my hikes in the Dolomites.

I also love multi-day treks (hiking Poon Hill, in Nepal, has been one of my favorite experiences to date), and there’s an abundance of those in Trentino. While I was entertaining myself with the gorgeous views of Val San Nicolò, my friend Margherita challenged herself with a 3-days hike in the Brenta Dolomites. I am pretty sure that the next time I visit Trentino in the summer I will head straight there to hike!

It’s also home to Suoni delle Dolomiti

One of the biggest reasons that prompted me to visit Trentino in the summer is Suoni delle Dolomiti, a music festivals where concerts of various music genres are held in the open, free for everyone to attend. Some of the best classic and jazz musicians are invited. I love jazz so I planned my trip around the jazz concerts.

I went to see Yamanaka Electric Female Trio in Val di Fiemme, and it was a fantastic experience: people of all ages sat on the grass as the band played, pine trees at their back. The concert lasted 90 minutes, which went by in a zip. I was also scheduled to attend a sunrise concert, but when I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready to go it was pouring and I learned that the concert had been rescheduled.

Needless to say, Suoni delle Dolomiti is only one of the many events that those who visit Trentino in the summer can enjoy.

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A violin carved into a tree trunk: Suoni delle Dolomiti is just one of the many musical expressions of Trentino

Music is everywhere – literally

I don’t mean to say that, wherever one goes in Trentino, music blasts loudly. In fact, it is peaceful and quiet (unless an event such as Suoni delle Dolomiti is on!). But there’s always a musical theme. Music lovers may already know that Antonio Stradivari, the famous Italian liutist who lived between the 17th and the 18th century, got the spruce wood he used to build his violins in Val di Fiemme.

Those who visit Trentino should not miss the chance to visit the Bosco Che Suona (“music forest”) where the best quality spruce trees that are used to build violins and any other string instruments can be found. Each year, musicians that play at Suoni delle Dolomiti are invited to pick their own tree. Other than the great cultural and musical value found in the forest, this is a great place for a walk or a hike!

But there’s more. Located in Tesero, in Val di Fiemme, there’s Ciresa. This is a factory that works the local spruce to produce soundboards for pianos, as well as violins and any other string instrument. In recent years, Ciresa has patented natural loudspeakers: these are beautiful looking wooden boards that reverberate the sounds at an incredibly high quality level, and on top of it look like works of art. Visiting Ciresa is one of the nicest things to do in Trentino.

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Castello di Fiemme is one of the lovely villages those who visit Trentino will be able to enjoy

The villages are just too pretty

There’s no going wrong for those who visit Trentino: all villages are simply beautiful. I was lucky to have a car when I went, so I could drive around and explore. The only issue I had was that I kept stopping for pictures, so it took me forever to go from one place to the other!

Cavalese is one of the largest villages in Val di Fiemme. It’s a pleasant place to walk around, and there’s an interesting history museum where it is possible to learn more about the history of the valley, as well as a contemporary art gallery. It’s a great place to stop for a late afternoon drink or a good gelato, or – even better – a slice of strudel. After all, eating is one of the nicest things to do in Trentino.

Castello di Fiemme is a lovely small village, also in Val di Fiemme. It’s a very quiet place, with narrow cobbled street and a beautiful church that can be seen from a distance, driving down to the village. It’s the kind of place where life goes by slowly, and night brings silence and peace – and it’s a great base from where to visit Trentino.

Val di Fassa also has some gorgeous villages, and those who visit Trentino should not miss an opportunity to explore them. Canazei, Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa are all nice, but my favorite is Moena, where the majority of the people actually speak Ladin (one of Italy’s 12 minority languages). The first testimony of the village dates back to 1164, which means that it’s probably much older. As I am a lover of narrow alleys, I loved walking around the Quartiere Turco (Turkish Quarters), named after a legendary Ottoman lone soldier who ended up there and decided to settle.

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Not just on a rainy day! Those who visit Trentino will enjoy some lovely art galleries. This one is in Cavalese

There’s some very interesting museums

I get it, most people who visit Trentino in the summer are interested in hiking. The chances of rain during the summer in Trentino are high at night, but slim during the day. But what if it actually rains? Worry not! Trentino is one of the top places to visit in Northern Italy even for history, culture and art lovers. I truly enjoyed visiting the Palace of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme, in Cavalese, where I could admire some great paintings by local artists and, most importantly, learn about the history of the region.

The Palace of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme is open every day except for Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:30. Guided tours are offered, and I recommend taking one and it includes a visit to the underground jails, where prisoners have carved some truly interesting lines and drawings on the walls. Learning about its history is one of the nicest things to do in Trentino.

Cavalese is also home to a great Contemporary Art Museum, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 15:30 to 19:30. It hosts some very interesting pieces by contemporary local artists, and it’s recently gone all the way to acquire its own permanent exhibit. There’s also an art room for children, to get them drawing and painting and overall just closer to art and culture – so a fun place to spend a couple of hours for anybody who visit Trentino.

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One of the nicest things to do in Trentino is enjoying the food

The food is delicious

Those who visit Trentino never go hungry. I can’t comment on the cheese as I am (sadly) lactose intolerant, but cold cuts such as carne salada (salted, cured beef) and speck (an incredibly tasty cured kind of ham) are fabulous, especially if accompanied by rye bread, which is a local specialty too. Polenta accompanies many a dish, first and foremost the delicious slow roasted pork shank.

Let me not get started with desserts! Just the thought of apple strudel is enough to make me want to pack my bags again. For sure, one of the greatest things to do in Trentino, especially after a long day of hiking, is eating all the mouthwatering food. Rifugi are typically good places to have a taste of the local specialties at very convenient prices.

And so are the drinks

I love wine – or else I wouldn’t have spent 4 days wine tasting in Stellenbosch! Trentino produces some great wines. Local grape varieties include Nosiola, Marzemino and Teroldego, but there’s also Chardonnay and Trentodoc, a local sparkling wine. If eating is one of the nicest things to do in Trentino, those who visit Trentino will have to agree that accompanying a fantastic meal with a just as fantastic wine is a must.

Trentino also has some excellent breweries. And let me not forget about grappa. I visited Distilleria Marzadro, right outside Rovereto, and truly enjoyed learning about the history of the distillery and about the way grappa is made. Grappa originally was poor people’s alcohol, made with the skins, pulp, seeds and stems that are left over when pressing the grapes for making wine. Nowadays, it is a much more sophisticated drink. Trying grappa is a must for those who visit Trentino.

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QC Terme is a great place to get some pampering, and a must for those who visit Trentino

It’s a great place to get pampered

Is there anything better than getting pampered after having hiked for one day or more? I don’t think there is! That’s why those who visit Trentino can enjoy QC Terme, a fantastic spa in Pozza di Fassa.

I spent a whole day at QC Terme, at first thinking that my active self would get bored after a couple of hours of doing nothing. I guess I was wrong, because I ended up staying the entire day (I also enjoyed lunch and a light delicious dinner there), moving from one treatment pool to another, from a sauna to a relax room, napping, chilling and enjoying the incredible views of the mountains.

The atmosphere is super chilled

One of the things that make me fall in love with a place is the atmosphere. That’s why I love Tel Aviv, and why I would go back to Cape Town any time. Trentino is the kind of place where I felt I could relax completely. The vibe is very friendly, welcoming: people who visit Trentino all share a love for nature, adventure sports and good food; locals are friendly, genuine and generous – the kind of people that I can’t help but warm up to.

I am sure that these are more than enough reasons to visit Trentino in the summer, and for those who decide to do so, here’s some logistics information to organize a trip there.

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Next time I visit Trentino, I hope to stay in the gorgeous Val San Nicolò

Where to stay and eat in Trentino

Those who visit Trentino will be happy to know that there’s an excellent range of accommodation options, as well as some fantastic restaurants. I have selected a couple of hotels in Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa that also serve dinner – though I recommend eating out for the best food!

As eating is one of the best things to do in Trentino, I recommend going to the following restaurants to enjoy food at its best:

  • Miola di Predazzo, in Predazzo, Val di Fiemme, offers some of the best traditional food in the area. I had a delicious salad with walnuts and local apples, a selection of local cold cuts which included “carne salada” (salted cured beef) and pork shank.
  • Baita Paradiso, in Val di Fassa Passo San Pellegrino can be reached from the ski-lift (Seggiovia Costabella) or after a short hike, has the best beef fillet cooked in a bread shell along with onions and pine needles; as well as the best polenta in the area (not to mention an incredible selection of wines.

How to get to Trentino

There are no international airports in Trentino. Those who visit Trentino are better off flying to Verona, which is roughly a 2 hours drive from Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa, and then rent a car to go all the way there, or get a bus to one of the many beautiful villages in the region. Other airports would be Bergamo Orio Al Serio, a budget airlines hub, or Venezia Marco Polo, which is better connected internationally.

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Dressing appropriately is one of the things to do in Trentino

What to pack when visiting Trentino in the summer

Those who visit Trentino in the summer should make sure to carry comfortable clothes that allow layering up, as it may be quite warm in the middle of the day, but chilly in the morning and early evenings and night. Here’s what I recommend packing:

  • A pair of hiking boots, best if water proof and with good ankle support. Also pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
  • Hiking pants, best if water repellent. My favorite pants for hiking  are the Kuhl Kliffside Convertible and I find the Kuhl Skulpt Skinny to be easy to dress up if I wear a nice top.
  • Plenty of cotton shirts. I love Kuhl Kyra and Nora Tank. I find Alva to be the top pick on colder days.
  • A sweater (I love Kuhl Lea Pullover). I also recommend taking a wind and rain proof jacket. My favorite is Kuhl W’S Airstorm Rain Jacket.
  • A small backpack for the hikes. I recommend the 20 liter Osprey Daylite Plus.
  • A flask – tap water in Trentino is really good and it’s better to drink that than keep buying bottled water and cause unnecessary waste.
  • Sunglasses to protect from the sun and the wind, and a hat.
  • Sun screen with a high protection factor, since the sun can be really strong when at an altitude.
  • A swimsuit for those moments at the spa.
  • An umbrella, as it may well rain.
  • A good camera and lens to capture the magnificent views. I have a Nikon D3300 and a 70-300 mm wide lens. I also travel with my iPhone 6S Plus, which takes some pretty sweet shots.

Would you ever visit Trentino in the summer? What would you like to do there?

Legal Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Trentino during my trip, and I wish to thank them for showing me their incredible region. Needless to say, the views expressed in this post are my own.

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Three Short But Rewarding Hikes In The Dolomites Of Trentino

Three Short But Rewarding Hikes In The Dolomites Of Trentino

There’s many amazing hikes in the Dolomites, and a lifetime wouldn’t be enough to do them all. Part of the Alps and scattered across the North East of Italy across the regions of Trentino – Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009.

This is one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world, with 18 peaks which rise over 3000 meters. Needless to say, it is a real paradise for nature and adventure lovers, home to some of the best hikes in Europe, as well as plenty of opportunities for rock climbing and via ferrata. Hiking in the Dolomites is always a very rewarding experience, whether on a long or short distance walk.

I love hiking and never miss an opportunity to go (though I do not go alone, and here’s why). It actually all started when my parents first took me hiking in the Dolomites during our first trip to Trentino. I enjoyed the feeling of being away from it all, breathing the clean air and then admiring the view from the top.

I’ll take any kind of hike, really. I am a massive fan of volcano hikes, especially of active volcanoes such as Bromo, in Indonesia, or Etna, in Sicily. I absolutely love multi-day hikes, such as the Poon Hill Circuit of Nepal or the Jesus Trail of Israel. And when I need a quick fix and feel the need to escape from the stress of daily life, I go on a short distance hike. I have done it in the Picos de Europa, and I love doing it in the Dolomites of Trentino.

There’s many short distance hikes in the Dolomites. I haven’t walked them all (though I wish to!), but I have selected three of them in Trentino Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa that will guarantee breathtaking views, interesting cultural experiences and an overall fun day out.

At the end of this post, I will also share some tips and extra information that will be of great help to make the most of shorter walks in the Dolomites of Trentino.

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Corno Bianco is one of the nicest short hikes in the Dolomites

Three Short But Rewarding Hikes In The Dolomites Of Trentino

Corno Bianco Hike, Val di Fiemme

Corno Bianco has some of the nicest hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino and Alto Adige’s Val di Fiemme. The area is easily accessible, and there’s several trails that all go to the peak, some of them loop trails and others there and back. I followed trail K to begin with, and then took a turn to trail W.

The peak of Corno Bianco is at 2317 meters above sea level, and the main access point is Passo Oclini, which is at 1989 meters above sea level. The trail starts right behind the hotel and restaurant located at the end of the parking lot. It definitely isn’t the biggest ascent one can come across when hiking in the Dolomites, but I have to say the first part of the trail is quite steep.

The first part of the walk is along some beautiful pastures where cows graze peacefully. This actually is a very common sight throughout hikes in the Dolomites. Once off the pastures, the trail goes through the beautiful vegetation. Going up, trees give way to a more arid landscape of rocks and gravel.

Among the shorter walks in the Dolomites, the trail I followed to the peak of Corno Bianco would classify as a medium difficulty one: it’s easy to follow, the terrain is mostly good (grass, a well marked trail and gravel until a certain point); but the steepness of the ascent make it hard on the legs and the last bit to reach the peak is quite technical, as it’s necessary to climb over some boulders. The overall walk takes around 3 hours.

This it is one of the most pleasant hikes in the Dolomites. I wasn’t really lucky with the weather when I hiked Corno Bianco, as it was mostly overcast and actually quite chilly. But when the wind blew away the clouds for a few moments, the view opened up a bit and I could see all the way through the Bletterback Canyon. There’s a nice trail going through the canyon, with an ascent of 900 meters – one of the most interesting Dolomites hiking trails.

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The last bit of Corno Bianco – one of the shortest but technical hikes in the Dolomites

Important things to note when hiking Corno Bianco

This is one of the nicest hikes in the Dolomites in Val di Fiemme, and a popular ski station in the winter times. Though there’s ski-lifts in the winter months, these are not working in the summer. There’s no water fountains along the trail, so make sure to bring enough water for the duration of the hike.

How to reach Passo Oclini

Cavalese and the villages surrounding it, in Val di Fiemme, are great bases for some of the nicest hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino. It takes around 25 minutes to drive the windy road from Cavalese to Passo Oclini, via Passo Lavazé. There is a bus that goes all the way from Cavalese to Passo Oclini, but it doesn’t run at weekends and the first one leaves from the bus station at 9:30, taking around 40 minutes to get to Passo Oclini.

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The view during the Alta Via dei Monzoni, one of the nicest hikes in the Dolomites

Alta Via Dei Monzoni

Val di Fassa has some of the nicest hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino, and the Alta Via Dei Monzoni trail is a fantastic one. What I enjoyed the most about this trail is that not only it offers stunning mountain views, but also an opportunity to learn more about World War I (WWI), as lots of trenches of both the Austrian and Italian army are scattered here.

The main access point to the trail is the parking lot right outside Seggiovia Costabella (Costabella Skilift), in Passo San Pellegrino. From there, it is possible to get the ski-lift to the initial point of the trail, which is located at around 1918 meters above sea level – doing this saves around 1 hour time off the overall hike. Many hikes in the Dolomites are located in the same areas where it’s possibly to ski during the winter, so it is not uncommon to catch the ski-lift to the starting point.

Once off the skilift, the trail follows beautiful pastures of Campagnacia, where cows graze placidly and slowly yet quite steeply ascends all the way to the Rifugio Passo delle Selle, which is located at 2528 meters above sea level. The view from there is splendid, making this one of the best hikes in the Dolomites: on a clear day like the one I enjoyed, it is possible to see the Cimon del Bocche massif, Lagorai, Latemar, Catinaccio and Pale di San Martino peaks.

After reaching the Rifugio Passo delle Selle, the trail becomes very narrow, following what is known as the first Austrian line: this is where the Austrian army had built its trenches during WWI. Throughout the trail, it is possible to visit sniper stations, cannon stations and artillery tunnels that, thanks to the efforts of a local association called Sul Fronte dei Ricordi, are well kept.  The historical aspect is what makes this one of my favorite hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino.

The trail goes on to Ponta de Recoleta, and from there it starts descending all the way to Fango. Instead of following the official trail, it is also possible to go to Colifon, where there are the Italian trenches built during WWI, and once again walk through the pastures to either go back to the ski-lift or, a much better idea, to the Rifugio Paradiso, a fabulous restaurant that serves delicious traditional local food.

Of the day hikes in the Dolomites, this isn’t a particularly hard one, save for the bit that goes from Rifugio Passo delle Selle to Ponta de Recoleta: in some parts, the trail gets really narrow and goes along a cliff; and in order to visit some of the snipers’ hideouts it is necessary to climb over rocks and boulders, with not much to hang on to – so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who are afraid of heights or are not too confident with their steps.

This is one of the nicest shorter walks in the Dolomites of Trentino, taking around 5 hours to complete, including all the photo stops and the visits to the various trench lines and hideouts. It is best enjoyed with a local guide – I had the privilege of having a member of Sul Fronte dei Ricordi as my guide.

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A lot of hikes in the Dolomites go through pastures

Important things to note when hiking Alta Via Dei Monzoni

The Alta Via dei Monzoni is only one of the best hikes in the Dolomites that can be found in the area. There’s at least 6 more historical trails that can be followed in the same area and that are all maintained by a group of volunteers called Sul Fronte Dei Rircordi. No water fountains can be found along the trail, but the Rifugio Passo delle Selle sells water, food and many other things – make sure to take enough for at least the first part of the hike, though.

The trail goes along beautiful green fields where there’s plenty of flowers. One of them is the Alpine Star, which can be seen regularly when hiking in the Dolomites. However, keep in mind that this flower is at risk of extinction due to persistent picking, so make sure not to touch it or pick it!

How to reach Passo San Pellegrino

Moena and Canazei, in Val di Fassa, are fabulous places to stay when planning to go hiking in the Dolomites of Trentino. It takes around 15 minutes to drive from Moena to the parking lot of Passo San Pellegrino, where the Seggiovia Costabella is located. Alternatively, bus 71 of Dolomiti Bus and 123 of Trentino Trasporti also go from Moena to Passo San Pellegrino.

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Val San Nicolò is one of the nicest places for hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino

Val San Nicolò Hike, Val di Fassa

Val San Nicolò is located in what is known as the middle Val di Fassa, not far from a small village called Pozza di Fassa. It’s a bit of a surreal place, for how incredibly pretty it is. Just picture tiny mountain huts, a windy road going through the forest, gorgeous peaks all around and cows chewing on the greenest grass. And needless to say, some of the nicest short hikes in the Dolomites.

The main access point is the parking lot in the village (well, hardly more than a few houses) in Sauch, which is at 1700 meters above sea level. That’s where the tar road ends and the dirt road starts, getting deeper into the forest and then into the valley, where there’s a multitude of trails – some among the best hikes in the Dolomites. One (trail 604) goes all the way to Passo delle Selle, which I mentioned above.

I picked a nice and easy trail, so from the parking lot I followed the main road into the forest and next to the river, and then continued walking to reach some small yet pretty waterfalls. It isn’t a hard trek – in fact, this is one of the easiest Dolomites hiking trails. Needless to say, there’s much harder trails in the area.

One of the things that make me mark this as one of the nicest hikes in the Dolomites is the incredible views of the mountains and the atmosphere. This is the kind of place where there’s no phone reception; where families go spend the weekend at a mountain hut; where cows roam freely, and it is possible to also spot marmots.

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Val San Nicolò has some of the nicest short walks in the Dolomites of Trentino

Important things to note when hiking Val Nicolò

As it is one of the nicest places for hikes in the Dolomites, Val San Nicolò does get crowded as the day goes along. I was there quite early, but as I made my way back to the parking lot I could see many more people coming, including lots of families with children. If you want the place to yourself, make sure to set for the hike bright and early.

There is a coffee shop and restaurant at the very beginning of the trail, but nothing else for a while, so make sure to carry enough water for the hike.

How to reach Val San Nicolò

The best starting point to enjoy the hikes in the Dolomites around Val San Nicolò is Moena. There’s bus 101 that goes from Moena to Pozza di Fassa and from there the tourist train that goes all the way to Sauch . It is around a 25 minutes drive to get there.

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Summer months are perfect for hiking in the Dolomites – that’s the best time to spot Alpine Stars

The best time for hiking in the Dolomites

I went to Trentino in July, and I feel that summer is the best time to fully enjoy all the hikes in the Dolomites. The days are nice and long, and the weather pleasantly warm – the altitude keeps the temperatures down. It does rain quite regularly; in fact it rained almost every day at some point when I visited. But the good news is that rains typically comes at night and only lasts an hour or so. Here’s more reasons to visit Trentino in the summer.

The nicest villages to access the hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino

The main city in Trentino is Trento; yet the best access points to the hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino are the villages scattered around Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa. When I visited, I spent a few nights in Castello di Fiemme, a lovely small village near Val di Fiemme main village, Cavalese, and some in Moena, in Val di Fassa. Both of them are lovely places to visit.

Cavalese was founded in the 11th century, and nowadays is a major tourist hot spot as it is really well connected to all the ski slopes and it provides easy access to the best hikes in the Dolomites. The village is itself a really nice place to visit, with an interesting museum and art gallery that have permanent as well as temporary exhibits; and there’s plenty of good hotels, restaurants and bars.

Moena is one of the many lovely villages of Val di Fassa, perhaps the most charming. It’s a pleasant place to spend a few days, with tiny cobbled streets, a beautiful old quarter, charming bridges and plenty of good accommodation options and restaurants. Needless to say, it is an excellent starting point to explore Val di Fassa and access the Dolomites hiking trails of Trentino.

Where to stay when hiking in the Dolomites of Trentino

There’s a good choice of accommodation options for those hiking in the Dolomites of Trentino. The best hotels are in Cavalese and Moena. Anyways, here’s a selection of places to stay in Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa:

Nearest Airports

There’s no airport in Trentino. The best option for those who want to visit Trentino and spend some time enjoying the hikes in the Dolomites is to fly to Verona (lots of budget airlines fly there) and either rent a car or take a bus to one of the villages of Trentino. It’s around 180 km from Verona airport to Moena, which takes about 2 hours depending on traffic; and 155 km to Cavalese, taking around 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Bergamo (there’s plenty of budget airlines going there) or Venezia Marco Polo, which is well connected internationally.

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Wearing appropriate gear is important when hiking in the Dolomites

What to pack when hiking in the Dolomites

I always recommend wearing appropriate gear when hiking, as having the right pair of shoes and pants will make a difference in the overall experience. This is even more so the case when hiking in the Dolomites of Trentino, for some of the trails, despite short, can be very technical. Here’s a few essential items to pack:

  • A good pair of hiking boots, preferably water proof and that provide proper ankle support
  • Hiking pants, best if water repellent. I wore my Kuhl Skulpt Skinny once, and my Kuhl Kliffside Convertible on another occasion. They both proved comfortable.
  • Either a cotton shirt, or a technical one. I recommend Kuhl Kyra or Nora TankAlva is perfect for colder days.
  • A sweater (my favorite is Kuhl Lea Pullover) and a wind and rain proof jacket (I love Kuhl W’S Airstorm Rain Jacket).
  • A 20 liter backpack. Mine is an Osprey Daylite Plus.
  • A flask – I prefer this to buying water, as it saves on plastic. Plus the water in Trentino is really good.
  • Sunglasses are necessary to protect from the sun and the wind. Wearing a hat may also be a good idea.
  • Sun screen with a high protection factor. The sun can be really strong in the mountains. I wore 100 SPF on one of my hikes and despite that I managed to get a bit sunburnt!
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to pack a good camera and lens. I have a Nikon D3300 and a 70-300 mm wide lens. A good smartphone can also do wonders when taking photos. I have an iPhone 6S Plus.

Other useful information

There are many more hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino – some short and fun like the ones I have mentioned on my post, others long and challenging. The websites of the tourism boards of Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa provide updated information on the best trails and on many other things to do in the area.

What are your favorite hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino?

Legal Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Trentino during my trip, and I wish to thank them for the wonderful experiences. Needless to say, the views expressed in this post are my own.

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Learn about the short yet rewarding hikes in the Dolomites of Trentino - via @clautavani