Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Why It’s the Hike You Don’t Want to Miss in the Italian Dolomites
There are also rifugios (mountain refuges which are often the home to accommodations and restaurants in the Dolomites) are placed throughout the hike, which also helps to make it an easy hike since you have multiple opportunities to take a relaxing break and have a drink or snack.
Getting to Tre Cime di Lavaredo
It is a 15 to 20 minute drive from Cortina, Italy to get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo and costs 22 euros per car to get onto the road leading to it. You’ll follow signs to Rifugio Auronzo where you can take a quick bathroom break or grab a cappuccino or a bottle of water before starting the hike.
How to Start Your Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike
There is also a trail for more experienced hikers that goes along the side of the Tre Cime base. I walked along it for about 15 minutes before turning back since it was too rocky and steep to be that much fun walking along. With the snow mingling into the trail and the loose rocks, it seemed one misplaced foot would send me cascading down the side and so I decided it was a bit too precarious.
What to Bring with You to Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Even though it’s an easier hike, you’ll still want to be prepared with the right things so you can enjoy the day and fantastic views. Here are some items to bring with you:
- Day Pack: Make sure it’s comfortable and water proof in case of rain.
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- Water: I like bringing collapsible pouches over water bottles since they’re easier to pack and less bulky. You can also get a carabiner clip and clip it to the side of your day pack.
- Sunglasses: With the snow and minimal trees for shade you’ll want sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun and its reflection. I prefer polarized sunglasses for traveling.
- Layers: If hiking on a warm day, remember it’s still the mountains and parts of the trail may be colder than others. This might be a good time to get out those dorky zip-off pants you have! 😉 A foldable rain poncho is also a good idea.
- Hiking Shoes/Boots: It’s an easy hike, but there are still loose rocks, snow, and uneven terrain — protect your ankles and yourself from falls with hiking shoes that have good traction.
Try a via ferrata hike in the Dolomites, too. Here’s my post on climbing the degli Alpini via ferrata in the Dolomites. (Click through for tips on climbing/hiking it or just to see a picture of me hanging off the side of a mountain. 😉
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This post was originally published on November 8, 2013, and updated on January 27, 2018.