Elle Decor | Why the Dolomites are the Most Beautiful Paradise You’ve Never Heard Of

About two hours north of Venice lives a scene that looks as if it could have been born in the brain of Vincent Van Gogh or nicked straight off the pages of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Rolling green hills dotted with charming village chalets intersect abruptly with dramatic, craggy mountains that pierce the sky. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise with endless activities for hikers, bikers and skiers alike. But it also offers premium relaxation for a heaven-on-earth holiday that’s chock full of diverse culture.

Welcome to South Tyrol, home to the Italian Dolomites, a destination that’s heating up while stacking up on Michelin stars and high-design spa resorts. The summer season (particularly in early July) is quite busy, making for a bustling, jovial scene as travelers converge for a famous annual bike marathon. If you’re into that sort of getaway, by all means start your bookings now. Summer remains relatively crowded through August and early September, but slower, quieter months are equally alluring. The sublime scenery is enough to please both the loner and partygoer.

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