After leaving Venice on Wednesday August 7 we drove to Reutte, Austria for my coworkers wedding on Saturday August 10. On our way we drove through the Dolomites, a part of the Southern Limestone Alps located in northeastern Italy.
Instead of flying from Venice to Munich (the closest airport to Reutte) we wanted to roadtrip through the Dolomites. Prior to leaving Atlanta we had planned on driving straight through to Reutte. However, while we were in Venice, Jeremy researched the optimal driving solution from a few travel blogs and we decided to cancel one of our nights in Reutte and stay a night in the Dolomites to have more time. We ended up booking the Hotel Marica, a family run hotel halfway point on our drive. In total we drove for about 6-8 hours on our first day from Venice through the Dolomites because we kept stopping. On our drive from Venice to Hotel Marica, we stopped at the following towns:
- Cortina d’Ampezzo (this town held the 1956 Olympic Winter Games)
- Falzarego Pass
- Lech dl Dragon
- Gardena Pass
- Lago di Carezza (one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen)
The next day we got up early and went on a 4 hour hike in the Dolomites close to our hotel. It was definitely the hardest hike I’ve ever done, but I’ve never experienced anything like it. I felt like we were walking through a set from both the Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones. The landscape constantly changed as we hiked through the different peaks and valleys of the mountains.
After the hike we started driving to Reutte, Austria and stopped at a few other towns on the way, including, to see a famous church.