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Alta Badia: Summer Resort, Chalet and Hotel Guide

April 23, 2024  · 
Alta Badia: Summer Resort, Chalet and Hotel Guide

Settled in the heart of the Dolomites, in the upper area of Val Badia, sits Alta Badia. A well-known Italian skiing destination in the winter, by the time summer rolls around, Alta Badia is transformed into a sea of green, interrupted only by the pale rock of the Dolomite mountains.

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The Villages

The resort of Alta Badia comprises several smaller villages: Corvara, Badia, Colfosco, La Val, La Villa, and San Cassiano. 

Corvara is a particularly popular choice out of the six villages. Situated at 1,586m, Corvara is a charming mountain town nestled at the foot of the Sassonger mountain, characterised by its quaint traditional buildings and remarkable mountain views.

San Cassiano is a great choice for those in need of a quiet and relaxed summer holiday. Interlinked with Corvara and La Villa, San Cassiano has a quality of local charm to it. 

La Villa is equally small and quaint, another quiet and traditional mountain town. Steeped in rustic Tyrolean charm, La Villa is the perfect base from which to explore the Dolomites.

Travelling to Alta Badia 

Bolzano (BZO) to Alta Badia: 2 hours / 110km 

Innsbruck (INN) to Alta Badia: 2 hours / 140km

Venice Marco Polo (VCE) to Alta Badia: 2 hours 30 mins / 190km 

Verona (VRN) to Alta Badia: 3 hours / 250km 

Public and private transfers are available between Alta Badia and the airport. Helicopter transfers to Alta Badia are also an optional method of transport. 

It is also possible to travel to Alta Badia via train. The nearest railway station to the resort is Brunico/Bruneck station, located 37km from Alta Badia. Bus services run between the villages of Alta Badia and Bruneck station, with the journey around an hour long, depending on your final destination. Taxi services also run within the area, and are an alternative method of reaching Alta Badia.

Summer in Alta Badia

Summer in Alta Badia is comfortably warm. The air is dry and fresh, any sticky and humid heat kept firmly at bay by the resort’s high altitude. July is the warmest month of all, proving a great time to head to the mountains. 

From where it is situated on the southerly side of the main stretch of the Alps, Alta Badia enjoys plenty of sunshine – especially in the summer.

Summer Activities in Alta Badia

Cycling

No matter if you prefer mountain biking or road biking, Alta Badia is a cyclist’s paradise. The Dolomites are home to extensive cycling routes at a variety of different skill levels. With roads featured in the iconic Giro d’Italia, you can follow the trails of the world’s greatest cyclists amidst the mountains. There are plenty of places throughout the Alta Badia area to rent bikes from, meaning even a casual afternoon bike ride is a possibility. 

Swim at Biotope Lake Corvara

Cool off on a warm day at the Biotope Lake Corvara. A peaceful space to spend a summer’s afternoon, the Biotope Lake Corvara consists of three separate ponds: a swimming pond, a children’s pond, and a regeneration pond, which is purified biologically. There is also a play area for children and a restaurant bar. 

Golf

Play golf at the foot of the Dolomites. Alta Badia is home to a 9-hole golf course, as well as a Golf School, allowing you to better develop your abilities – or even make your first start playing golf. The golf course is located near Corvara, and is an 11 minute drive from La Villa and a 17 minute drive from S. Cassiano. 

Immerse Yourself in the Local History and Culture

Summer in the Dolomites is the perfect time to familiarise yourself with the rich culture, traditions and history of those who inhabit South Tyrol’s mountains and valleys. 

The Museum Ladin, housed within a medieval castle, is just a 20-30 minute drive from the Alta Badia villages and provides great insight into the history of the Ladin people. Meanwhile, the Museum Ladin Ursus Iandinicus provides a glance back to the prehistoric period and tells the natural and geographical history of the Dolomites.

Alta Badia also runs an initiative called Nos Ladins, providing you the opportunity to experience the area as if you were a local. As part of a small group, Alta Badia’s Ladin ambassadors will help you to better embrace the culture and practices of the local people. 

Other Summer Activities:

  • Tennis
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming 
  • Horseback riding

 

Where to eat in Alta Badia

La Stüa de Michil | Corvara | 1 Michelin Star

Situated within La Perla Hotel in Corvara, La Stua de Michil serves Michelin-star cuisine with an international influence. The restaurant itself, with its rustic Alpine interior, helps to create a charming dining experience.

Ladinia Corvara 

It doesn’t get much more authentic than the Ladinia – in fact, the building was one of Corvara’s very first inns. Serving traditional Ladin cuisine using seasonal ingredients, the Ladinia is the ideal dining destination for those hoping to sample a taste of Ladin culture.

Cocun Cellar Restaurant San Cassiano

Found within the Ciasa Salares hotel, the Cocun Cellar Restaurant provides a unique dining experience within the walls of the hotel’s wine cellar. Quite unsurprisingly, it’s a restaurant with a simply terrific wine menu, pairing wonderfully with contemporary Italian cuisine. 

Restaurant Armentarola San Cassiano

Using only the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers, Restaurant Armentarola blends the best of Italian and international flavours.

Mountain Huts

La Crusc San Cassiano

One of the region’s oldest mountain huts, La Crusc offers respite in an authentic environment. Make sure to try Kaiserschmarren, a traditional Austrian dish consisting of sweet diced pancakes. 

Ütia Punta Trieste Corvara

A mountain refuge with terrific views of the Marmolada mountain, the Ütia Punta Trieste can easily be reached from the Pralongià chair lift.

I Tablá La Villa

I Tablá’s sun terrace is the perfect place to spend a sunny summer afternoon. Known for their delicious desserts, I Tablá serves both food and drink.

Luxury Properties with Summer Availability in Alta Badia

Chalet Mi Amur

Sleeps 10+2 | Self-Catered | La Villa

Chalet Mi Amur is a beautiful luxury self-catered chalet in the village of La Villa. Set over three floors, the chalet can sleep up to 12 people across five bedrooms. Elegantly decorated throughout, the chalet has a warm and cosy vibe, and features lots of natural wood and vibrant wallpaper. Guests staying at Chalet Mi Amur have the benefit of using the chalet's private Finnish sauna, infrared cabin, and Jacuzzi.

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Ciasa Salares 4*

Set just above the hamlet of San Cassiano, Ciasa Salares is an exceptional four star hotel, celebrated for the Wieser family’s warm hospitality and for attracting gastronomes from across the world. Ciasa Salares is home to four in-house restaurants, each offering a unique and indulgent culinary experience, as well as both a Cheese and Chocolate Room.

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Hotel Fanes 4*

Mainly traditional in style, yet with all the modern luxuries you would expect from a four star superior hotel, Hotel Fanes sits overlooking the pretty village of San Cassiano. The hotel focuses on wellness, being home to an amazing 2,000 sqm spa with an indoor/outdoor pool, various saunas and thermal experiences, as well as an outdoor plunge pool, sauna and hot tub. 

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Hotel Col Alto 4*

Hotel Col Alto is an elegant family-friendly hotel situated in the centre of Corvara. Decorated in a cosy, alpine style this superior four star hotel has a delightful homely atmosphere. There are lots of characterful fireplaces and exposed wooden beams, balanced with a blend of contemporary furniture.

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