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Self-catering in Italy in the Dolomite Mountains

The Dolomites are a magnificent mountain range in north-eastern Italy. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, these mountains are known for their ravishing natural beauty and are home to some of NOVASOL’s most dramatic holiday homes in Italy. While self-catering, holidaymakers enjoy the sites and scenery of this rugged landscape, visiting local mountain towns and enjoying walks and hikes amongst the flowers. The Dolomites are also a great place for extreme-sport loving families with all the favourites available across the mountain range.

Natural splendour at your fingertips

Renting a villa in Italy, you are never far from the famous beauty of this romantic country. The Dolomite Mountains, rising high above Italy’s Veneto and South Tyrol regions, are amazing to behold, especially while on a nature walk or village hike. Spotted around the Dolomites, in easy reach of your Italian chalet, atmospheric walks and hikes snake up into the mountains. Some of the calmer and most relaxing of these walks can be found in the Brenta Dolomites region of the range, full of ancient pine forests and abundant wildlife. Families will love it here, especially in the spring when the flowers are at their most exuberant.

Extreme sports on Italian villa holidays in the Dolomites

For families who like an adrenaline rush on their villa holidays in Italy, the Dolomite Mountains have ample opportunities to test yourself against the elements. Nothing works off a night of feasting and wine drinking like a day of extreme sports, particularly when surrounded by such magnificent scenery. Everything is available here from skiing in the winter to rafting, mountain climbing and base jumping in the summer. To try Free Climbing, a traditional sport of the region, head to Rocca Pietore where they have the best centre.

Day trips to Bolzano from your Italian villa

Bolzano is everything you can imagine and more from an Italian mountain city. Steeped in history and incredibly beautiful, the city is dominated by promenades and parks in the shadow of the towering mountains on all sides. Villas in Bolzano are atmospheric and a wonderful base from which to explore the Dolomites. Walk around this wonderful city and you will no doubt be drawn into its bustling centre and through the Laubengasse, its famous arcaded central street. For those who like a bit of culture on holiday, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is located in the city; a museum built to house Ötzi, The Man From the Ice, Europe’s oldest natural mummy.

Immerse in culture and food when self-catering in Italy

People from the Dolomites are extremely proud of their mountain culture; so much so that there are 6 museums across the range dedicated to demonstrating and exhibiting the realities and triumphs of mountain life. Most impressive of these, and definitely worth a visit from your Italian villa holiday, is the Museum MMM Corones at Val Pusteria. Built at 2275m and designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, this amazing modern building is only reachable by cable car and pays homage to the daring ascents of famous mountaineers. If you are peckish after the climb, retreat down the mountain and enjoy the local cuisine which is dominated by cheeses and dry-cured meats.