Once the snow has melted, the lush green peaks and valleys of the Südtirol in northern Italy are perfect for families
The Dolomites are well known for winter sports, but few families know what summer the mountains has to offer.
Once the snow has melted and the temperature rises, the lush green peaks and valleys of the Südtirol are the perfect place for family holidays packed with activities and adventure.
Powder Byrne’s Air & Space family getaways in the Dolomites o er miles of trekking, mountain-biking, e-biking and horse-riding, ziplines and whitewater-rafting, summer toboggan runs and lake swimming, along with plenty of relaxation in top spas, and delicious food and wine. You can even book a cooking course with a top chef or wine-tasting in a mountain hut.
Specialist local guides ensure you enjoy the perfect mix of adventure, fun and relaxation in the safest environment. You can even head out for a guided walk with witch Martha, an expert of Südtirolean myths and legends.
Or there’s the option to try something new and challenge yourselves, such as via ferrata for families with kids over eight.
Roughly translated as ‘iron roads’, these narrow paths and ledges, where you clip yourself via harness to a metal cable in the cliff face, were first introduced during WWI for soldiers to traverse steep mountains and move supplies. In summer, they’re a thrilling adventure with a bit of history thrown in, too.
Getting there is a doddle. Just y into Innsbruck Airport, Austria to begin your adventure. Pick up your hire car and head into Italy and the Dolomites. Travel through valleys and small villages before nding yourself in a luxury mountain lodge or hotel.
Book with Powder Byrne and everything is tailored to your family’s interests. There’s no standard itinerary; instead, Powder Byrne’s experts listen to your requests and design an itinerary just for you. A pre-travel concierge service means everything from activities to dinner reservations are taken care of.
Private expert guides are on hand for each activity. They meet you at your accommodation and are always exclusive to your family.
The holiday was really, really great. Both hotels were fantastic, and so were both the mountain guide and cycling guide. We were very happy with the whole experience – it was a perfect family holiday. Thank you so much for organising everything – all elements were fantastic – activities, hotels and food – Mrs CJ
Fly to Innsbruck with Easyjet or BA from London Gatwick. It’s just a one-and-a-half-hour drive.
There’s no shortage of wonderful places to stay, including Hotel Fanes in San Cassiano which offers hotel rooms, suites and chalets along with a top spa. The Adler Dolomiti Spa & Sport Resort in Ortisei has fantastic family facilities and a buzzy location. The Adler Mountain Lodge in Alpe Di Siusi is a treat for families with older children (over-8s only), with its off-the-beaten-track feel. All feature pools for family downtime. Powder Byrne offers total flexibility with hotel nights, and all hotels are close to one another on easy mountain roads.
A great two-centre summer holiday is to combine South Tirol with a trip to Venice. It’s just a three-hour drive from the gorgeous city of canals to the mountains.
Powder Byrne offers seven nights in Südtirol from £1,995pp, no flights included