Meadows & Mountains
Day 1: The Sella Ronda
Spectacular natural scenery extends for thousands of miles in every direction from Rosa Alpina, which lies in the village of San Cassiano at the heart of the Dolomites. Here, some of the world’s most inviting roads for driving await. Wake up surrounded by the Unesco-protected mountains before embarking on a tour of the famous ski area of the Sella Ronda. Twisty alpine tracks lead guests along this renowned mountain pass, where lunch is enjoyed at Il Capriolino – a restaurant that champions local ingredients from the region. Return to Rosa Alpina for an evening spent retreating in the hotel’s expansive wellness centre, re-energising for the next day’s drive.
Day 2: Bolzano
A charming base for exploring Italy’s Tyrol province, the second day of driving takes guests to the city of Bolzano – an urban solace set in a picturesque valley and encircled by rolling vineyards. Known as the gateway to the Dolomites, Bolzan’s cobbled streets and lively squares can be explored at leisure and offer an inviting place to stop for lunch while taking in the surrounding vistas. Classic Tyrolean cuisine can be enjoyed in one of many authentic eateries, before an optional visit to the Bolzano Museum of Archeology to see the natural mummy of ‘Ötzi the iceman’, believed to have lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE. Return to Rosa Alpina, where dinner can be enjoyed in one of three dining venues, including the celebrated three Michelin Star restaurant, St. Hubertus.
Day 3: The Giau Pass
The third day of driving takes a more leisurely approach, allowing guests to explore the mountain villages they pass along the way. Whether visiting in summer or autumn, the drive allows multiple stop-off and incredible photo opportunities, while the lunch destination of Da Aurelio awaits following an exhilarating drive along the Giau Pass. With its impressive views at over 2000-metres in altitude, the road is located at the centre of a vast mountain pasture. Guests are free to drive at their own pace, returning to Rosa Alpina before dusk, just in time for sunset drinks at The Rosa Alpina Cabin, the hotel’s very own private hillside solace.