San Vito di Cadore
We stayed in San Vito di Cadore, a small village in the Cadore Valley, and made day-trips to surrounding villages, viewpoints, and hiking trails from here.
Colle Santa Lucia
A short hike with a beautiful 360-degree view of the mountain range at the top, where we stopped for a picnic lunch.
Cortina is a popular town because it receives more sun than the other surrounding villages. Cortina held the Winter Olympics in 1956. Being December, the town is currently decorated with lights and hosts a darling Christmas market.
Dobbiaco is best known for the delicious "Dobbiaco Cheese," which I tasted, fell in love with, and then ate my weight in while here. We also visited a wildlife park in this village, which had a variety of animals unique to the cold climate of the Dolomites.
San Candido is another traditional village in one of the Dolomite valleys. I learned that in many of the villages here, German is spoken just as often, if not more, than Italian. This is because before the World Wars, this part of Italy was actually German territory. The people here have held onto their German culture and language, and you can see this throughout the town of San Candido. Here, all public signs are written in both Italian and German. San Candido and other nearby towns have two official names - one in German, and one in Italian. San Candido's German name is "Innichen."
If you love the mountains and hiking, be sure to check out my article 14 Trails to Add to Your Hiking Bucket List for some inspiration!