12 days in Italian Alps Itinerary

12 days in Italian Alps Itinerary

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12 days in Italian Alps Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Aosta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Molveno
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Selva di Val Gardena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Braies
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Merano
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  8​h
End: Dublin

2
nights
Aosta

Aosta ©
In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Fenis, then examine the collection at Forte di Bard, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally delve into the distant past at Criptoportico Forense. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, admire the sheer force of Lillaz Waterfalls, and then make a trip to Porta Pretoria.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aosta trip itinerary planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Aosta is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Aosta. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Molveno.

Things to do in Aosta

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Castello di Fenis, River Rafting & Tubing, Forte di Bard, Lillaz Waterfalls
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Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso ©
Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso
River Rafting & Tubing
Forte di Bard ©
Forte di Bard

3
nights
Molveno

Molveno ©
Molveno is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 40km northwest of Trento.GeographyMolveno is located at the northern end of a 4km long lake, at the foot of the Brenta Group and the Paganella mountain.The Lake of Molveno, formed by a landslide about 4000 years ago, is the second largest in Trentino-Alto Adige, 3.3km2. Change things up with these side-trips from Molveno: Lago di Tenno (in Tenno), The Bastion (in Riva Del Garda) and Trento (Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Molveno, make a trip to Castel Thun, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di San Romedio.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Molveno online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Aosta to Molveno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Molveno sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Selva di Val Gardena.

Things to do in Molveno

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Trento, Castel Thun, Lago di Tovel, The Bastion, Lago di Tenno
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Lago di Molveno ©
Lago di Molveno
MUSE - Museo delle Scienze ©
MUSE - Museo delle Scienze
Lago di Tovel ©
Lago di Tovel

2
nights
Selva di Val Gardena

Selva di Val Gardena ©
On the 25th (Sun), get outside with La Terrazza delle Dolomiti and then fly down the slopes at Val Gardena. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sella Pass, hike along Sass Pordoi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Colfosco, and finally walk around Puez-Geisler Nature Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Selva di Val Gardena day trip planning site .

Drive from Molveno to Selva di Val Gardena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Molveno in August, plan for cooler days in Selva di Val Gardena, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Braies.

Things to do in Selva di Val Gardena

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Canazei, Chiesa di Colfosco, Puez-Geisler Nature Park
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Val Gardena ©
Val Gardena
Sella Pass ©
Sella Pass
Sass Pordoi ©
Sass Pordoi

1
night
Braies

Braies ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the activities along Lago di Anterselva, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Braies, and then stroll around Parco e Percorso Salute.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Braies road trip planner.

Getting from Selva di Val Gardena to Braies by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Selva di Val Gardena in August, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Braies: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Merano.

Things to do in Braies

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lago di Anterselva, Parco e Percorso Salute
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Lago di Braies ©
Lago di Braies
Parco e Percorso Salute ©
Parco e Percorso Salute

3
nights
Merano

Merano ©
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Explore Merano's surroundings by going to Stelvio Pass (in Bormio), Il Campanile Sommerso (in Curon Venosta) and Bolzano (Duomo Maria Assunta, Tesoro Del Duomo, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Carezza, and get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Merano tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Braies to Merano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Merano sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Merano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bolzano, Il Campanile Sommerso, Lago di Carezza, Stelvio Pass
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I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff ©
Merano Centro Storico ©
Merano Centro Storico
Stelvio Pass ©
Stelvio Pass

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