Holidays in the Dolomites: events and happenings all the year round

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Spending your holiday in the Dolomites does not only mean enjoying wonderful landscapes, it also means taking part in many interesting events.

If a lot of people decide to rent an apartment in the Dolomites every year to spend their holidays there, this is not only due to the beauty of these mountains, which attract tourists from all over the world in each season, it is also due to the rich program of different events that makes a stay in this place even more interesting and amusing. No matter if you love snow or if you prefer going for a walk or having a picnic, the typical pastimes to do in summer or spring, or if you are fascinated by the autumn colors of mountain: no matter what is your favorite season to take a break and spend a holiday in the Dolomites, which are considered among the most fascinating mountains in the world, in any case the villages of the Dolomites can offer you many different events. In summer, due to good weather and to the consequent possibility to spend more time outside, the program of the events is a bit richer, but the tourists that visit the Dolomites are never left empty-handed.

The events are always very variegated, and there are both sport and cultural events, folkloristic and food and wine happenings, and it is also thanks to this variety that the Dolomites are always very appreciated. As far as sport events is concerned, in Val di Fassa, just to make an example, many interesting events take place, from the “Dles Dolomites Marathon”, which always attracts thousands of runners (over 8000 in 2010) coming from many different countries, to the “Marcialonga Cycling”, which takes place for the 4th time this year. Also many interesting cultural events take place in these mountains, of which one of the most important is “I suoni delle Dolomiti” (the sounds of the Dolomites), a festival of classical, world and art music, which gains something more by the fact that it takes place in an unmatchable setting and for the combination nature-music that characterizes the event. As for art, Ortisei hosts “Gherdëina”, an important biennal exhibition dedicated to contemporary art, most notably to sculpture, during which it is possible to admire the works of some artists of national and international renown realized with different materials. As far as folkloristic events is concerned, at Christmastime you cannot miss the Christmas markets, which take place in many villages and cities. Some of the most famous ones take place in Trento, Cortina, Bressanone, Levico Terme and Arco. Also carnival, not only Christmas, is very important in these places: every year the Val di Fassa hosts the colorful celebrations of the Ladin carnival, an ancient and still very appreciated happening.

The Dolomites are also famous for the typical dishes that you can taste in these beautiful mountains: if you spend your holidays in the Dolomites, indeed, you can take part in many gastronomic events. From the most famous food fests, like the Kuchlkirchtig in Bressanone, to many other thematic events, like the chestnut fest in the Valle Isarco or the speck festival in the Val di Funes, the choice is really very wide.

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This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo