Can I tell you a story about the time I went to Northern Italy looking for the Dolomites?

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Italy never disappoints. I would use any excuse to travel to Italy, and there’s so much to see and do! On this trip, I was determined to see the Dolomites mountains.

There are a few ways to get to Bolzano, which is in South Tyrol, I’ve chosen to fly into Milan and made my way up via train. Now, if I had the chance to do this over again I would strongly recommend staying for 5 days. I went for a total of 3 days, which was a nice taster but I didn’t get a chance to do any hiking. Which is what the Dolomites are known for!

From Milan I caught two trains, first one was Milan to Verona, then Verona to Bolzano. It can take around about 3-4 hrs depending if the trains are on time. I don’t mind the journey as much, especially when the view from the train is pretty gorgeous on its own.

First leg of the journey – Milan. Also this is now the third time I’ve been to Milan, it is just so well connected!

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Finally got the chance to go to the top of the Dumo.

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Then of course a quick bite to eat before my long train ride up to Bolzano. Plus it’s an Italian pizza – how can I resist?

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Once I reached Bolzano, my hotel accommodation came with a free tourist card which allowed free access to all public transport, free entries to museums and famous land marks. The first thing I did was jump on the 170 Bus to Seiser alm (the bus stop is outside Bolzano station) to catch the sunset over the Dolomites.

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The next day I wandered around the main square to get my bearings before attempting the Dolomites again.

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The main square. Everything in Bolzano is quite affordable. Gelato was 1 Euro a scoop!

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To get to the proper starting point of the Dolomites, you catch the 170 bus to Seiser Alm, the bus should drop you off right outside the cable cars.

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You take the cable car up into the mountains, which is approx 17 Euros for a return trip. I should also note that this area is mainly a Ski Slope in winter.

View from cable car.

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My first view after the cable cars is the Dolomites. It was spectacular! I highly recommend you spend 2 days hiking around this beautiful area. I didn’t get the chance to, but if I had more time I would of!

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Back in Bolzano, I had the chance to check out the Archaeology Museum which entails seeing a real frozen caveman artifact! It was actually pretty cool!

Also, with my Bolzano card I also had free access to the town’s cable cars too. Which was a beautiful viewing point to watch the sunset. Not for the faint hearted as it’s quite high!

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View from the cable car, feels like you were climbing mountains after mountains.

Once you reach the top, it feels like you just crossed borders into Austria!

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Around this region it is very common to hear Italian people speak German and Italian, or as I found it – confusing. Either way, it was lovely to see the two nationalities get along in the one region.

On my third day, I took my time going back into Milan to catch my evening flight. I spent a few hours in Verona as I haven’t visited there before.

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The best way to describe Verona is that it’s quintessentially Italian. From the people to the landscape, everything was perfect in every detail.

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My friend recommended I stop by the Due Torri Hotel, which is conveniently next to the Lamberti Tower. This hotel has a cute rooftop bar which over looks the city. And they make a real good Aperol Spritz!

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And of course, I couldn’t go to Verona without seeing Juliette’s balcony.

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