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    A Quick Guide to the Great Dolomite Road

    Sometimes hiring a car for your holiday is about more than just getting from A to B; it’s about experiencing some of the world’s best drives. If you’re looking for a route to tackle in Italy, the Great Dolomite Road could be just what you’re after.

    In fact, it is widely regarded as one of the most scenic roads in Europe. Running between Bolzano and Cortina d’Ampezzo, it offers absolutely breathtaking views of the Dolomite Mountains, and so is the perfect way to explore the region – especially as the road is driveable all year round.

    The route runs for roughly 86 miles, so it’s perfectly possible to tackle it in a single day, but dividing it into two makes for a more leisurely journey, and also means there’s much more scope to stop and explore along the way.

    Dating back to the early 20th century, the road has always been associated with tourism, so you can expect to find plenty of hotels along the way – perfect if you’re planning to make the journey over two days rather than one, as you will, of course, need somewhere to spend the night.

    Among the highlights of the drive is travelling along the gorge of the Eggental, which will lead you to Welschnofen; from here, you get amazing views of the Rosengarten area, which is famous for its dramatic rocky landscape.

    Lake Karersee, meanwhile, is a fantastic place to stop and enjoy a scenic stroll. Drive on to Pordoi Joch for another set of beautiful views, again over the Rosengarten but this time over the Sassolungo as well.

    These are just a few of the gems you can enjoy along this road. Remember, if you’re organising a road trip overseas you should always take the time to plan your route carefully and ensure you’re familiar with the rules of the road, as well as local driving etiquette, in your chosen country before getting behind the wheel.

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