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For those headed to Italy, one of our favorite hiking destinations, be sure to check out our book “Walking in Italy’s Val Gardena: 20 Easier Walks in the Dolomites near Ortisei, Selva and Santa Cristina.”

Click here to buy it on Amazon. Available in Kindle and paperback versions, it is also available in the U.K. as well as on European and Asian Amazon sites. 

There are many hiking guides to Italy’s Dolomites featuring long treks of 4-6 hours, as well as multi-day ventures and the famous via ferrata. What makes this book so special? This is a guide to easier options for walking in Italy’s breathtaking Val Gardena! Seniors, people with children, and anyone who wants to experience the mountains but not climb them will benefit from the 20 walks that are carefully described.

In this book, Laurel and Ric Barton guide you through the breathtaking scenery using itineraries suitable for anyone who likes to walk, likes to be in nature, and who enjoys Italy, but may not have the stamina for longer, more strenuous hikes.

This unique guide includes 20 walks in-and-near the Val Gardena towns of Ortisei, Selva, and Santa Cristina, as well information on when to visit, how to get around without a car, suggestions for lodging, and sample itineraries to help you plan your stay of 3, 5, 7 or more nights. Of special interest will be the easy hikes in the amazing Alpe di Siusi.

Included are:

  • directions to the trailheads
  • walking time and distance
  • where to eat along the trail
  • 39 beautiful photographs
  • details on how to use the system of mountain lifts and buses to access the high meadows and breathtaking Dolomite views.

You will discover delightful rifugi: mountain restaurants offering shelter and great food making each walk a special expedition. In addition, every walk is accessible by public transportation!

We have traveled to Ortisei annually exploring this mountain paradise discovering and documenting the walks to share with you so you can be certain every hike is within your ability.

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