Even when we plan our trips with plenty of precision before we go, some of the best places we find traveling happen in the moment. Our recent trip to the Dolomites was another case and point of where these two concepts intercept.
First off The Dolomites a massive area with many different parks, trails, towns and panoramas. Of course anyone wants to see and do what they like in the time they have. We started by focusing on #TWWT our travel hashtag for (The Way We Travel). It is a handy way to make sure we stick to our travel values so that we find ourselves the most fulfilled wherever we go.
So we focused our stay around two lovely towns: Cortina D’ampezzo and San Cassiano. These are lovely cities that have access to nearby lakes, high mountain formations and some of the most lovely views in the entire range.
Alta Badia and the world class views and trails happened almost by accident. We wanted to get a better view of the mountains that form the backdrop behind San Cassiano, so we decided to climb the trails running alongside the grassy ski slopes to get a nice walk instead of taking one of the lifts up (which run all year round).
The hike proved to be more than we ever could have imagined. It was a steep climb and a great workout first of all. There are worn trails for hikers and bikers, and other paths which people have formed on a whim or you can just cut across open stretches of grass.
Once on top of Alta Badia it is a lovely rolling hill plateau which is a sea of grass and wildflowers with 360 degree views of towering rocky peaks in every direction. It is the proverbial alpine meadow. We had the fortune to see the sun come out and drive off the clouds so that the combination of blue sky, deep green grasses and snow covered peaks formed a symphony of nature.
This is a majestic place no matter what time of year and there are lifts going down to all the surrounding towns and valleys that encircle the plateau. We highly recommend coming in summer when the grasses and flowers are in bloom, the views are clear and the wonderful surrounding towns like San Casino aren’t as packed as they are in winter. For a hiking enthusiast this is as close to heaven as it gets, on the scenic rooftop of Italy.