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Italy Summer 2006

Towards the end of June we decided we should get away on holiday in July, as we wanted to do a holiday what would not require that much effort to plan, but provide plenty of exciting outdoor activities, and plenty of sunshine so we decided to return to Italy again to visit the Dolomites to Hike and do 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.

We had been to the Dolomites on two previous occasions and have had a great time on each previous visit, and having been there before we knew that we would not have to do much planning to have a successful holiday.

The Dolomites region is very picturesque and the weather in July is usually quite good with temperatures up to around 20c

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 some pretty cheap direct flights with British airways from Gatwick Airport to Venice airport, and booked a compact hire car from Holiday Autos 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