The Beauty of The Dolomites, Italy
We are so filled with the sense of adventure and wanderlust today as Cat of Wild Connections Photography shares her recent trip to the Dolomites in Italy with us! What an enchanting place with mountains, forests and the most beautiful turquoise blue lakes – it’s certainly on my wish list to visit! Here’s Cat to tell us more about her trip…
“When you think of Italy, what springs to mind? The canals of Venice, the rolling hills and cyprus trees of Tuscany or the ancient monuments of Rome? Italy is certainly very well known for its history and culture. But running across northeastern Italy is are also the Southern Alps, and the UNESCO world heritage area known as the Dolomites. Here you’ll find some of the most incredible alpine scenery in the world. Tall pine forests, jagged limestone mountain peaks and crystal clear turquoise mountain lakes.
In May 2017, my husband Menno and I visited the Dolomites and got a small taster of the immense beauty of the area. We drove from near our home of Innsbruck, which took us around 2 hours, but you can reach the area in even less time from popular destinations such as Lake Garda or Verona. Getting to some of these stunning spots in the Dolomites doesn’t even involve a massive hike. In fact many of them you can drive right up to. Our favourite spot was Lake Prags (known locally as both Lago di Braies in Italian or Pragser Wildsee in German). It’s possible to reach here by car, and even stay the night in the grand Hotel Pragser Wildsee.
The lake was so clear and the most enchanting shade of turquoise, that we were so tempted to jump in. A little paddle in the water quickly changed our minds as the water is pretty cold, so instead we enjoyed walking the circular path around the lake. In the summer they also have wooden rowing boats to hire if you fancy a little trip out on to the lake itself. Otherwise, there’s nothing more relaxing then sitting on the steps of the boathouse and admiring the mountains in the reflections of the calm waters of the lake.
Being so easily accessible, the Dolomites can also be the perfect location for a destination wedding in Italy if you’re looking for an adventurous location that you can also bring your grandmother too. Unlike in some European countries, organising a legally binding civil ceremony in Italy is a possibility, and you’ll have a few options in the area. If you’d rather do the legal paperwork back at home and hold a vow ceremony, well then you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to stunning scenery for that perfect wedding backdrop.”
- Photography + Writer: Wild Connections Photography