The charming Dolomites
Just got back from our 9 days Italian honeymoon and I wanted to use this day off to write something about this amazing vacation. And when I say amazing, I really mean it and you will see once you explore the photos below. This trip was all about lakes, fresh air and astonishing views. Italy is always a good idea, but having this itinerary was definitely the best combo to explore the northern treasures of our favorite country.
We landed in Bergamo on Sunday morning, took the classic Fiat 500 and went to our first accommodation near Trento. Inspired by the sun we stopped for a stroll in Sirmione – one of the most popular sights on Lake Garda to see the old town and especially the medieval port fortification “The Scaliger Castle”.
We arrived in the evening at Villa Bertagnolli – a renovated 17th-century villa located in the countryside, on a hilltop surrounded by gardens and vineyards. It was not a luxurious establishment, but more of a unique Italian house. The staff was very helpful showing us the grand tour of the villa and offering a traditional dinner in the restaurant. The antique structure, the painted walls and the flowers outside made the perfect place for a photoshoot, of course.
Live life at its fullest, but don’t forget to take pictures along the way!
The next day, we continued our way to the Dolomites.
First stop: pretty Belluno – where we visited the old historical town and enjoyed the view of the snowcapped Dolomites in the background while drinking the already famous Italian Cappuccino.
Before reaching our destination, we’ve spent a few hours in Cortina d’Ampezzo – also known as the queen of the Dolomites. This quite place (not so quite during the ski season though) is surrounded by majestic peaks and incredible mountain landscapes. The town has many fancy restaurants and bars, perfectly integrated in the tyrolese picture.
After a full day of fresh air and looong walks we were more than excited to arrive at our new accommodation in Auronzo de Cadore – the Panoramic Hotel set on the shores of Lake Santa Caterina. The morning view from our balcony was just like a painting: deep blue water, green forest and snow white peeks covered my misty fog in the morning and sunkissed during the day. The rooms were lovely, the personnel was extremely nice (Luca and Michele are the best!!!) and the food was excellent. The menu included venison dishes and local specialties and a list of Trentino wines waiting to be tasted. This is for sure a great facility for having a Christmas getaway with the entire family.
From this location we could easily reach Misurina Lake – the largest natural lake of the Cadore situated at 1.754 m above sea level and Braies Lake – probably the most photographed lake in the Dolomites (also known as the Pearl of the region). Braies is surreal…when it’s sunny the lake reflects colors in all shades from green to blue. The water is so clear that you can mirror yourself in it. Also, you can warm up your muscles with an easy hike along the perimeter of the lake (about an hour and a half) and admire the emerald green and turquoise waters and wonder about the ancient legend saying that the lake was once the gate to the underworld kingdom of Fanes.
To sum up, Sud Tirol or Alto Adige is the perfect place to be in spring (and in any other season for sure. I think Christmas has its charm in this marvelous scenery also.)! The sights are wonderful and the weather is just perfect to feel the mountain air in your lungs. We enjoyed very much this part of our trip and we would go back anytime even just to gaze up in the sky towards the peaks of Monte Cristallo (3.221 m) and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2.999 m)!
The next few days were more romantic and proper for a honeymoon because we changed the region and went to the fancy villages on the shore of Lake Como for a few days living la dolce vita.
But before we enjoyed a sunny half day trip in Venice – the most romantic city of all. Although it wasn’t our first time here, we were so excited to see it again and wander the narrow streets looking after gondolas and cute corners to capture.
Hope you like the pictures we took and if you have any curiosity or want to find out some more information about our trip, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to share with you some advice regarding the area. I may not know everything about travelling, but Italy I do know!
City break time is here and May is the perfect choice for a quick vacation to Italy – just a 2 hours flight away – a country full of wonders.