How to avoid summer crowds in the Dolomites
The best way to avoid crowds in summer is knowing about peak times in the Dolomites, such as the Ferragosto bank holiday in August. Lots of Italian businesses shut up shop in mid-August for a couple of weeks, and lots of people go on holiday in this time.
Going outside June-September means that you’ll find the area less busy, but you have to watch for closures. If you’re counting on using chairlifts, these stop in October until the skiing season begins. Some accommodation closes, and some small group trips only run from May to October.
What else? Try not to bring a car up.
“Buses are easily accessible and good value,” says Paula.
Local transport authorities have restricted car numbers in over-touristed areas. In 2022, the local authorities trialled asking cars to pre-book their trip
to the Lake Braies online between June and September to reduce traffic. Similar permits
have been used for the Sella Pass.
If you can walk a little further afield, or cycle, you can get further away from the crowds.