The Dolomites
Photography Guide
For beginners and professionals
The Dolomites
Photography Guide
For beginners and professionals

Itinerary

The Dolomites Photography Guide
The land of the Dolomites... what does it bring to the first-time visitor? Pale peaks lifted against the horizon, ruggedly distorted heaps of rocks penetrating the floccus clouds above -- a stunning scenery worth being perpetually engraved in any passing traveler's memory. The Dolomites offer an extraordinary array of landscapes: high-altitude lunar plateaus, soaring peaks, breathtaking spires, pea-green valleys, and boundless evergreen and deciduous forests.

The mountainscape and surrounding valleys are especially beautiful in late Autumn. The "Burning Dolomites," an explosion of colors, is a very special natural phenomenon that happens when the summer draws to an end, nature is at peace, and the needles of the larch turn from green to yellow, tangerine, red, or brown. This is the perfect time to explore the land of the Dolomites. I invite you to join me on this beautiful and exciting journey to explore the mountains and photograph its amazing beauty.

ITINERARY

The Dolomites Photography Guide
From Cortina d'Ampezzo
There are different ways you can arrive at Cortina d'Ampezzo. Thanks to its strategic location, it can be easily reached from central European countries. Also, Cortina has excellent connections to the nearby cities like Venice, Milan, or Innsbruck.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a charming alpine city and a luxury ski resort in northern Italy. The city nestles in a splendid valley basin crowned by beautifully shaped mountains. Because of the Olympic games in 1956, there are still a few artifacts left that attract tourists to this day.

In Cortina, I recommend spending from 3 to 4 days to explore the nearby locations, the most picturesque of which are, arguably, Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lago di Misurina among others. I recommend stopping in Passo Falzarego overnight in a refugio to be able to photograph both sunrise and sunset.
From Cortina d'Ampezzo, I recommend going to Ortizei and staying there for another 3-4 days.

Ortizei is a beautiful little picturesque town encompassed by gorgeous mountainscape and lush green pastures. No doubt, it's a hiker's paradise.
In Ortizei, check in a hotel, where you'll spend your next 3 to 4 nights, while during the day, explore the following places around the town, such as Passes Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Seceda, and pea-green valley of Alpe di Siuisi. In Alpe di Siuisi, which can be reached by a state-of-the-art lift right from the town, you may want to stay overnight to shoot both sunrise and sunset.
From Santa Magdalena
From Ortizei head off to Santa Maddalena, the trip to which should not take more than 40 min by car.

Santa Maddalena is undoubtedly the most beautiful village in the Dolomites with the classic picture-postcard medieval church in its center. The scenic valleys, the softly rolling hills, and the surrounding mountains make Santa Maddalena easy to recommend as another stop on our journey through the Dolomites.

I suggest spending 1 - 2 days in Santa Maddalena and visit a couple of scenic locations in the vicinity: the famous picturesque church of the same name in the village, then the church of Saint John in Ranui, as well as a beautiful abbey, Abbazia di Novacella.
The next stop on the itinerary is an extraordinarily scenic lake, Lago di Braies, where you can get to from Santa Maddalena, a trip which doesn't take more than 40 minutes. This is our last destination.

If you have a chance, I recommend spending another couple of days here. Walk around the lake shore and the vicinity to explore different locations and capture magical Alpine landscape.
Usefull Information
Traveling alone can be incredibly fun but if you really want to learn the art of photography, hone, or improve your photography skills, then I invite you to join one of my photo workshops. You'll have an amazing opportunity to talk to your fellow photographers, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of creativity, where you can share, learn, and grow as a photographer.