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February 06th, 2013

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When many travellers think of Italy, what immediately comes to mind is Rome or the canals in Venice or Tuscany’s Chianti wine region, all of which are spectacular Italy vacation destinations.

One breathtakingly beautiful region you should also consider including on your tour to Italy is the bold, charcoal cliffs of the legendary Dolomites.

No secret to anyone who loves world-class skiing, this rugged mountain range with its alpine meadows, deep valleys, and charming towns is an extraordinary small group day trip from Venice.

One of our experienced, English-speaking driver-guides will escort a group of eight from the man-made wonders of Venice along the stunning winding roads through the valleys and peaks that comprise one of Europe’s most incredible mountain ranges. There are countless opportunities for photos in the Dolomites and rest assured we know all the best vantage points along the way, up to an incredible height of 2,360 metres (7,500 feet).

This whole area – despite Mussolini’s best efforts to change the tone of what was once Hapsburg territory – has held steadfast to its German roots. Most locals speak German as well as Italian and some of the settled areas feel almost Austrian.

Our guide will interpret the history, customs, and legends of the Dolomites, revealing the secrets that lie behind the renowned ski lifts, excellent trails, and charming villages that are nestled in the snow-capped mountains. Ski season generally starts sometime after November and runs through till April, busy and bustling – especially at the cosmopolitan Cortina ski resort with its Olympic ski jump.

As with all of our tours, our guides know the best places for lunch (filling and delectable menu choices at a trattoria), interesting diversions, and the ideal stop for an exceptional glass of Italian wine.

Travelling back to Venice as the sun sets is unforgettable, the rich warm glow of what Hollywood calls the magic hour showing each distinctive crevice and valley to advantage. Be sure to bring a back-up memory card for your camera as you’ll want to record every stunning view and memorable moment of your small group day trip with Tours-Italy to explore Italy’s grand and glorious Dolomites.

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