Dolomites Journals

Skiing and Pampering in Alta Badia

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A March 2004 trip to Dolomites by lcampbell

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Skiing and Pampering in Alta Badia

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Overview

A typical view Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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The province of South Tyrol, in the far north of Italy, is home of the incredible Dolomites - the Italian Alps. A great outdoor destination at all times of year – with 300 days of sunshine per year – it is also rich in cultural diversity. The population is approximately 2/3 German-speaking, 1/3 Italian-speaking, with approximately 4% of the population also speaking Ladin. Ladin comes from a combination of ancient Rhaetian and Latin that developed after the Roman conquest of the area. About 30,000 people still speak the language, and numerous organizations work to preserve the minority Ladin culture. Ladinos were traditionally farmers and artisans, but now also work heavily in tourism. ...Read More

Hotel Rosa Alpina

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Hotel Rosa Alpina Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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After challenging my body in the cold of the ski slopes all day, the pampering that I received at Hotel Rosa Alpina was a bold and beautiful contrast. I can think of no better way to end a big ski day than with a swim, soak, steam, or sauna – or maybe even a massage – followed by a gourmet dinner complete with silky local wines. The Hotel Rosa Alpina is a deluxe accommodation, with the highest quality of service given to every customer. For this reason, the hotel is part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux Hotel Association. Only hotels with the strictest standards of guest care are invited to be part of this group. Rosa Alpina also has a Michelin Star recognition. But what I really liked abo...Read More

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Hotel Rosa Alpina
Strada Micura de Rü 20
Dolomites, Italy
0471 849500

Restaurant La Perla - Corvara

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Restaurant

Restaurant La Perla - Corvara Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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“You have to see the wine room!” my fellow travelers said. What’s the big deal? It’s just a wine room, and I’m not a huge wine fan anyway. I was happy just having seen the impressive motorcycle collection of the owner of La Perla Hotel and Restaurant, shown to me by Mr. Costa himself. So dinner continued. As I savored the courses of grilled ricotta cheese, fillet of fish on vegetable with fish eggs, pumpkin risotto with foie gras, and fillet mignon of veal, I heard more about the restaurant. Each room was painstakingly taken from old farmhouses from the area – deconstructed and reconstructed at La Perla. So the dining area is actually series of small f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2004

Restaurant La Perla - Corvara
Strada Col Alt 105
Dolomites, Italy
(0471) 831-000

Restaurant Ciastel Colz – La Villa

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Restaurant

Restaurant Ciastel Colz – La Villa Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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Once upon a time, or in 1537, there was a castle built by nobles. The nobles led an easy life, only visiting the beautiful castle in the stunning Dolomites for hunting and recreation. The local farmers didn’t like these snooty nobles, who had taken their land. So they had a revolt! They took their land back, including the castle. I had the fortunate opportunity to have dinner at Ciastel Colz, and learned more about its history. In the 1800s, the castle was used as a school and as an old age home. Next, it was the home of 6-7 families. Over the years, the families slowly left, leaving only one family in 1965. The current owners purchased the castle in 1969, spent 10 years restoring it, and now ru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2004

Restaurant Ciastel Colz – La Villa
Str. Marin 80
Dolomites, Italy
(0471) 847-511

South Tyrol Museum of Archeology Bolzano

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Attraction | "South Tyrol Museum of Archeology – Bolzano"

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The South Tyrol Museum of Archeology is a modern and well-thought-out presentation of the people of ancient South Tyrol. The displays start on the bottom floor, with the Stone Age (15,000BC-3500BC) and move up through the Copper, Bronze Age, and Iron Ages to the Roman Times. There are artifacts of hunting, farming, and everyday life. I especially enjoyed the dioramas of what villages would have been like during the different times. But this comprehensive historical display serves only as a background to the true gem of the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, indeed the reason that it was built in the first place: the Ice Man. The Ice Man was discovered by accident in 1991. The dis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2004

South Tyrol Museum of Archeology Bolzano
Museumstr. 43
Dolomites, Italy

Charming Bolzano & Restaurant Zur KaiserKron

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Charming Bolzano & Restaurant Zur KaiserKron Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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So far on this trip we had been to Switzerland and Austria, both of which had charmed me with their history, beauty, and grace. Of course Italy has all of these things too, but what struck me first upon disembarking the shuttle bus, was that the pace here was markedly slower. In Zurich and Innsbruck, there were plenty of folks on foot, but they walked quickly to where they were going. In Bolzano, the people meandered. There seemed to be plenty of time to window shop and procrastinate at the fruit and vegetable stands. We quickly embraced this local speed-deficiency, and strolled slowly, laughing and talking, admiring architecture, stopping for a cappuccino, popping into interesting looking sho...Read More

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Charming Bolzano & Restaurant Zur KaiserKron
City Center
Dolomites, Italy

Sellaronda Ski Circuit

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Sellaronda Ski Circuit Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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When I reached the Dolomites – the Alps of Italy – I happily discovered that in addition to the same spectacular scenery and interesting culture that I found in the Austrian Alps, Italy had a special bonus: Italian ski instructors. Now, don’t get me wrong, they are not just another pretty face. My guide was also charming, intelligent, and professional – and I would have followed him anywhere. And when I did follow him, I got not only the pleasure of his company (accompanied by ponderings of what it would be like to be 10 years younger and single), but also the fantastic experience of skiing the 40km Sellaronda Circuit. The ability to ski village to village is uniquely European, a...Read More

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Sellaronda Ski Circuit
Alta Badia
Dolomites, Italy

Ski Lagazuoi

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Ski Lagazuoi Photo, Dolomites, Italy
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It was our last day together. We had come together from all parts, skied hard, saw lots of unforgettable sites, and met some new friends. During the morning, we skied Lagazuoi. We started by taking a shuttle bus to Falzarego Pass at 2105 meters. Here we took an incredibly steep cable car up Lagazuoi Peak at 2778 meters. The weather was better than the day before, but still we only got teasing glimpses of the startling mountains around us. We took a practice run down the back side of Lagazuoi, back to Falzarego Pass. Along the way, our guide stopped to show us a tunnel used during World War I. Lagazuoi also has an open air “museum” about wartime activity in the area. ...Read More

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Ski Lagazuoi
Alta Badia
Dolomites, Italy

Ski Passes/Information

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It took me a while to figure out how everything is organized in the province of South Tyrol, but I think I finally understand (long after I returned home, of course). I think part of the confusion is that all the places have 2-3 names in different languages, but anyway…. The province seems to be divided into 6 main ski regions: Vinschgau, Meran & Umgebung, Bozen & Umgebung, Eisacktal, Tauferer Ahrntal, and Dolomiti. I visited the Dolomiti region, and know absolutely nothing about the other regions. I only mention them because it seems all the tourist information, including the Sudtirol website listed in the Overview, are organized by these regions, so you won’t be able to find any inform...Read More

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Ski Passes/Information
Alta Badia
Dolomites, Italy