I arrived in Villabassa last night after a three hour drive north of the Marco Polo Airport in Venice Italy. Villabassa is an adorable little mountain village in Italy's Dolomite region almost at the border with Austria. I was excited for our first hike and getting to know the others in our group. We met at 9:00am with our guide while he shared with us an idea of what our week would look like. Then it was time to hit the trail which was right outside the front door of our home away from home.
our guide leading the way
The views were of pastures and flowers and trees and then....
....as we topped out on a hill the view of the Dolomites was presented.
a bouquet of tiny yellow roses
rest spots along the trail
We hiked in the middle of the street through a little mountain village.
You never know what is around the corner.
We reached the entrance to the Nature Park.
view of Lago di Braies
my destination shot
We hiked around the Lake to the backside. You can see the hotel at the other end.
view of the Lake
We took a few minutes here at the back of the Lake before taking a detour.
After the Hutte visit, we hiked back down to Lago di Braies and circled around the other side of it to where we would catch the local bus for the 20 minute ride back to Villabassa. The bus stop was pretty much at the door step of our home away from home. What a wonderful hike, I was hooked on being here already.