Both Italian and Austrian influences – the languages: German and Italian, and the cuisine - reflect this regions shared history. Once divided between the Austrian
empire and Italy
, this spectacularly beautiful mountainous region of the Dolomites
officially became part of Italy during World War I under the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1919. Ancient coral reefs have compressed, risen and weathered over millions of years to produce this group of about thirty, strikingly unique massifs between Lake Garda
and the Austrian border. Browse this easy-to-navigate website for privately-owned vacation rentals. Chalet rentals or villa rentals in this panoramic region are a superb alternative to staying in a hotel.
part of your vacation plans, whether it is at the beginning or towards the end of your holidays. Arriving at the Venice airport, you will be 162 kilometres away from the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo – the Queen of the Dolomites
. During your 3.5 hour car ride, you will leave the ocean behind you, be introduced to the agricultural fields; see olive trees; discover hills with their many vineyards - rows upon rows of vines measured out precisely as they walk up the slopes of the hills that greet the base of the Dolomites. Alternatively, take the train. From Venice, take the Venezia S.Lucia – Calalzo di Cadore
line and then transfer at Calalzo di Cadore
, 35 kilometres away from Cortina, to the bus service.
Experience a mountain adventure in the Dolomites of the Northern Italian Alps.
If you are a biking enthusiast
, be surrounded by nature’s beauty as you bike on the Lunga Via delle Dolomiti
cycle path between Calazo di Cadore and Cortina, or you can follow one of the many trails to reach the tranquil Lake Calalzo. Located between Pieve di Cadore
and Cortina d’Ampezzo
, a spectacular view of the Dolomite Mountains is seen from the Museum in the Clouds
, the Messner Mountain Museum
The resort area of Cortina
beckons you to enjoy incomparable skiing
on 120 kilometres of world-class slopes. This winter paradise is the place for Nordic skiing
. Make your holiday home accommodation an Alpine chalet rental with a panoramic view. During the summer months, the Dolomites are equally inviting. Many villa rentals have enough room for all your family to be comfortable, surrounded by manicured gardens, and often have a swimming pool. Staying in a villa rental - as your vacation rental accommodations - will set the tone for an Italian holiday to remember
The Presecco wine area
is within an hour-and-half drive south of Cortina. Stop for an early dinner served on the terrace of a restaurant. Breathe in the freshness of the land – where the delicious wine accompanying your meal began. Known as the Presecco Road
, la Strada del Prosecco
, you will see Palladian style villas as you drive between the 15th Century town of Conegliano
towards the town of Valdobbiadene
, with the city square announcing its presence with an 18th Century bell tower and surrounding buildings of the neoclassical style. Choose vacation home accommodation in this idyllic and historical location in Northern Italy.
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals
has hundreds of privately-owned vacation rental accommodations for your European vacation lodging
: a condo rental in the city, or condo rentals overlooking a lake or ocean, lovingly restored historic homes as a villa rental, cottages, chalet rentals, cabins, and other vacation rentals – suitable whether you are traveling solo, or with family and friends.