Luxury in the Dolomites: Hotel Ciasa Salares

Luxury in the Dolomites: Hotel Ciasa Salares

    The Hotel Ciasa Salares in a UNESCO World Heritage Area You are never prepared for the beauty of a Unesco World Heritage landscape, but pair that with the luxury Hotel Ciasa Salares, and prepare to be wowed. Guests have front row seats to the dramatic scenery of the Dolomites mountains from large windows…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Dolomites | No Comments

Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

Mountain huts in Italy: a traveler’s guide

It can be difficult for anyone who is accustomed to hiking in North America to grasp just how user-friendly Italy’s hiking infrastructure is. Multi-day hikes in North America (think the John Muir Trail, the Appalachian Trail or Cheryl Strayed’s PCT hike)  mean a heavy pack containing several days’ worth of food (maybe inside bear canisters) in…

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Dolomites, Hiking & Walking | 2 Comments

Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills

Dolomites hiking: the historic Valley of the Mills

Sixteen of us spent a July morning hiking in the Dolomites along the historic Valley of the Mills path, located about 3 hours north of Venice.  Called La Valle dei Mulini or Val di Morins in Italian and in local dialect, respectively, the Valley of the Mills is just that: a valley that houses about ten or so…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Dolomites, Hiking & Walking | One Comment

A cooking class in the Dolomites

A cooking class in the Dolomites

Taking a cooking class in Italy is a great way to get a more in-depth introduction to the local culture, so on a recent trip we decided to take a cooking class in the Dolomites. A group of 12 of us (we sent the kids off with a babysitter) spent a wonderful morning with chef…

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Dolomites, Food and Drink | No Comments

A luxury Italy itinerary

A luxury Italy itinerary

The luxury travelers I work with aren’t necessarily looking for VIP treatment. Rather, they are down-to-earth and well-traveled, but they want their luxury Italy itinerary to be about service and comfort while getting to know the locals as much as possible. Recently a client hired me to plan an 18 day luxury trip for him…

Italy’s Dolomites: scenery, food and culture

Italy’s Dolomites: scenery, food and culture

Italy’s Dolomite mountains are famous for their scenery, and rightly so, but the region is very different from the rest of Italy in its food and culture. Below are some highlights of a recent trip.   An Italian friend and I were relaxing after lunch at an outdoor cafe in Bressanone’s sunny main square a…

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Dolomites | No Comments

Hiking the Dolomites Via Ferrata: trails with bridges, ladders and ropes

The Dolomites are one of my favorite places to hike, because of the scenery, the many mountain-top refugi that serve lunch, and the fact that the ski lifts take hikers up the mountain throughout summertime; but add to that some very unique trails equipped with ladders, bridges, and iron ropes called the Via Ferrata (translated as…

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Dolomites, Hiking & Walking | 6 Comments

Caves and tunnels in Italy: Three underground favorites

Want to explore Italy where a flashlight or even hard hat is required? There are thousands of caves and tunnels in Italy, giving the traveler lots of options to go underground. Tuscany alone has 1,500 grottoes and 270 km of underground tunnels. Here are three of my favorite underground (one is semi-underground) spots, and only…

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Dolomites, Tuscany | 3 Comments

The best skiing in Italy

Ask virtually any serious Italian skier where the best place to ski in Italy is and they won’t blink before recommending Cortina D’Ampezzo. With jaw-dropping views and 12 ski areas, there are 750 miles of downhill runs, 73 miles of cross-country ski runs, a snowboarding park and an Olympic Bobsled. And the town itself, surrounded…

Posted by on Dec 14, 2009 in Dolomites, Skiing | 5 Comments

The tower in Lake Reschen: the most unique photo you’ll take in Italy

The photo below was not done in Photoshop, I promise. The medieval tower rises out of Lake Reschen, only a few miles from both the Swiss and Austrian borders (set foot in 3 countries in 1 day!). It’s not quite on the Rome-Florence-Milan-Venice route, but if you’re coming to Italy via Innsbruck, Austria, or are planning…

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in Dolomites | No Comments