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Italy Summer 2005

As we really enjoyed our last holiday in the Italian Dolomites we decided to visit the area again. To do some hiking and Via Ferrata.

Via ferrata is climbing via protected routes comprising of ladders, fixed cables and bridges, which allow you to climb to places which normally you'd only be able to do if you were an expert rock climber. Most of the routes were originally built during the first world war for troops to move around the mountains.

The first time we visited the Dolomites we did it via Collets Mountain holidays who do organized Via ferrata trips and have evening meetings, but having done that once we decided to go it alone.

We booked up direct flights with British airways from Gatwick Airport to Venice airport, and booked a compact hire car from Alamo and finally we booked a room on a half board basis at the Sport Hotel in Arraba.

The Sport Hotel in Arraba is a very good hotel, with great food, and has a good spa area with saunas etc to recover after a long day in the mountains, which we used every day we were at the Hotel.

The drive from Venice airport is quite straight forward and takes about 2 hours

The guide books that we used for this holiday are listed below

1) Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites: Vol 1 (ISBN : 1-85284-362-4)

2) Shorter Walks in the Dolomites (ISBN : 1-85284-351-9)

To read more about this holiday click on each day in the left pane, where I have recorded what we got up to on each day.

Check out my Holiday Links page for details of useful sites I used for this holiday