Summer holidays in the Dolomites

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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Nestled in the northern corner of Italy, the Dolomites are a world-renowned mountain range perfect for an unique and peaceful family holiday. Although known predominantly as a popular winter ski destination, the region transforms into the perfect spot to explore and enjoy stunning scenery during summer. Located between Austria and Italy, the Dolomites boast a unique blend of Italian and Austrian culture, which shines through in the local cuisine and lifestyle. Perfect for a romantic getaway, or if you crave some serenity after a hellish work week, the Dolomites offers an extensive list of things to do and landscapes to enjoy that will revive you body and soul.

Because of its distinct location and desirable activities, the Dolomites are considered an affordable and popular destination for families with children. With HomeAway Holiday Rentals, you can find a wide range of affordable, comfortable rental properties to suit any needs. Whether you crave an adventurous vacation or a relaxing one, the rental properties in the Dolomites are sure to please you - as well as your budget. Before booking a family holiday, plan ahead and take a look at our compilation of the five best areas and activities to experience in the Dolomites.



Top 5 destinations in the Dolomites


Dolomites - Veneto Dolomites - Veneto family holidays


Away from the bustle of city life is the region of Veneto; its tranquil aura won’t fail to entrance you. Here you will find the perfect mixture of relaxation and mountaineering. The Civetta is a famous destination for experienced mountaineers, and is considered the “wall of the walls.” This is offset by the numerous romantic walking trails along lakes and forests, perfect for that weekend getaway with a special someone. The landscape of this region is replete with alpine pastures and valleys, making it superb for a family holiday. And if you fancy some Italian city life and shopping, the city of Venice is a short daytrip away from the Dolomites. 


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Dolomites - South Tyrol Dolomites - South Tyrol family holidays

If you’re looking for cuisine-heaven coupled with magnificent views, look no further than South Tyrol. This region is highly sought-after for its delectable food and illustrious restaurants. The local agriculture is largely aided by South Tyrol’s sunny and mild weather, which serves as the perfect climate for a family holiday. Areas such as Val Gardena offer active recreation such as day-time mountain trekking and cycling and a bustling nightlife. Alta Badia, meanwhile, is an ideal destination for Dolomites pass routes, with trails for both beginners and advanced hikers. Experience the great outdoors in one of the most exhilarating vacation spots in Italy.

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Dolomites - Alta Via 1 Dolomites - Alta Via 1 family holidays


Hiking can be a relaxing or adventurous pastime, depending on which routes you take. The classic route, called the Alta Via 1, is a 150-kilometer public footpath which wends through the eastern side of the Dolomites. The route travels from Pragser Wildsee to Belluno, with accommodation and rest stops dotted along the way. On this path, you will encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery and landscapes that the Dolomites have to offer. On a warm summery day, enjoy a picnic in the sun as tour guides take you through the stunning maze of greenery and mountains. This trail is perfect for backpackers or those looking for a more adventurous holiday. 


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Dolomites - Trentino Dolomites - Trentino family holidays

Trentino, with its capital Trento, offers a refreshing take on holiday getaways. Situated on miles of rivers, valleys and mountains, Trentino is one of the best places to vacation if you’re an adrenaline junkie. This province of the Dolomites, Belluno, boasts a variety of outdoor sports such as mountaineering, kayaking, rafting and canoeing, in regions such as Val di Sole and Fassa Valley. Trentino caters to the adventurous side of family holidays, with events such as the Giro del Trentino and Maratona dles Dolomites, which are cycling events - bicycling being one of Trentino’s most popular pastimes.

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Dolomites - Marmolada Dolomites - Marmolada family holidays


Located in the northeastern region, Maramolada is the highest mountain of the Dolomites. From its peak, you can see Venice, located 100 kilometres to the south. During the summer, Maramolada is accessible by several summits and is home to breathtaking views of the Italian landscape and scenery. In favourable conditions, scaling the majestic mountain takes about five hours and allows you to experience Via Ferretas, the famous “iron roads” that lead people to the highest peaks in the Dolomites. Comprised of metal steps, ladders and suspension bridges, Via Ferretas allows non-climbers to explore the Dolomites in a safer way, while still experiencing all the Dolomites have to offer.


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Dolomites Holiday Rentals

Villa on the beautiful Dolomites - South Tyrol

beautiful mountain holiday with family, children and friends: - Breathtaking view on the large terrace with barbecue - Large lounge with wood burning fireplace - Privacy - Independent villa with garden - Clean air without the noise of traffic - An...

apartment Sonnleiten

The apartment with 90 m² for 2-4 person consists of eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom with bidet and bathtub, one bathroom with bidet and shower, small terrace and small lawn, garage. The holiday apartments feature open plan kitchen, b...

Apartments in skiing and hiking paradise Tauferer Ahrntal

Immerse yourself in the unsurpassed magic of the Ahrntal. Whether summer or winter, whether hiking or skiing, whether sports or relaxation. Here everyone will find what they expect from a good holiday! Our house, which is situated quietly away o...

Apartment in Eggen, Bolzano - Alto Adige - 2 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Cosy single-family house 1'180 m a.s.l., 2 storeys, built in 1982, surrounded by trees and meadows. 2 apartments in the property. In the centre of Eggen, in a quiet, sunny position on a slope. Motor access t...

Apartment in Eggen, Bolzano - Alto Adige - 4 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Cosy single-family house 1'180 m a.s.l., 2 storeys, built in 1982, surrounded by trees and meadows. 2 apartments in the property. In the centre of Eggen, in a quiet, sunny position on a slope. Motor access t...
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