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Dolomites: the Iconic photography spots as seen on instagram

Are you ready for something extraordinary during your vacation? Do you want to enhance your FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram feed with the DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS as stunning as professional photography? Dolomites mountain range is the best iconic photography spot combined with hiking and exploration of the amazing nature.

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Dolomites is truly amazing place of outstanding beauty combined with South Tyrol hospitality and traditions! The scenery is earth shattering, even beginner with a phone can make the stunning pro style pictures. It is also educational and recreational journey as you will learn a lot and will need to stretch your legs as some places are difficult to reach. You will witness a showcase of natural evolution and a masterpiece of its creation. DolomitiMountain Range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 350,000 acres of pure bliss. Find out why this incredible Dolomites region of Italian Alps is a must-have journey in a lifetime and how to create the long lasting memories. 

The best time for photography

For the best chance of the sunny weather try to avoid August. There is a good chance of clear days end of October, especially if you plan to come over for a week.

All pictures are taken with iPhone, for the cloudy day shoots filters are applied. All apps for used filters are listed at the end of blog.


 Autumn is my most favourite and recommended time to visit the the lakes and take hikes in Dolomites. Although the water might be low in lakes, there are other benefits to consider. The low season hotel prices. Less tourists to share the hiking paths with. The beautiful colours of larch tree needles turning golden yellow. The air is crisp and fresh. The autumn is also a fabulous time for photography to embrace the symphony of colours.

Location & Geology

The breathtaking Dolomites are located in the northeast of Italy. The mountain range shares their beauty with provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol, and Trentino. A trip to the gateway of Dolomites mountain range, the city of Bolzano would take around 3 hours from Milan either by car or train.

The very first connection between the Dolomites and its geologylies in the name. ‘Dolomite’ – the double calcium carbonatemineral was first discovered in these mountains by the French scientist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801). He was the first to describe the mineral.

Lakes beyond glamorous for iconic photography

As glorious as it is from a distance, Dolomite mountain range truly shines once you step inside. It is home to crystal clear and pristine glacier lakes. Nothing but extraordinary, these sparkling and fresh mountain lakes will showcase the beauty of nature like you have never seen before.

Let’s discover some of the most dreamy lakes out there that are favourite locations for most Instagram influencers.

 Lake Sorapis. DOLOMITES ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOT for hiking trail

 – Sorapis just might be the most magical one. Perched at the altitudes of 1,900 meters it is here to steal the show. The calm turquoise waters and mighty cliffs as the backdrop will paint you a picture worth millions. The only way to access the Sorapis lake is to hike. The shortest route is 6 km with 200m elevation.

The “easy”;trail is #215 which is well marked and visible from the road. You can park cars along the road free of charge.

The trail is well maintained with grips and stairs in the most challenging parts of the trail. However it’s not a walk for children. The hike takes an average more than 2 hours for inexperienced hiker. You can take stunning pictures and video along the trail.

The parking address where the trail starts: Near SR48, 6, 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo BL, Italy

However if you are well fit with excess of the energy when reaching the lake you can take the more challenging route on the way back. I only made the easy trail. The 400 m elevated hike is well described in the blog www.anywhereweroam.com

The colour of water of lake Sorapis is awesome, even when the water level is low. Plan your hike early in the morning to get the sun shining from the best angle. I made it quite late and got the mountain shadow across the lake.

My best shot of the Sorapis lake with some filters applied to enhance the colours


– Located in Alta Pusteria, the green emerald lake is named the Pearl of the Dolomite Lakes for a reason. Listed as bathing but chilling, the lake invites the bravest to jump in and admire the massive Seekofel mountain at the same. The lake can be very crowded in the summer. The hike around the lake is very easy 5 km long with many picnic places.

Parking for Lake Braies: St.Veit, 27, 39030 Braies BZ, Italy

There are several famous mountain peeks visible from the lake.

You cannot go wrong when taking pictures of this iconic place. There are boats for rent if you wish different perspective of the lake or picnic on the boat. You can even hire professional photographers for €150 to provide you with the instagram shoots.


lake Misurina, the iconic stop on the road

Lake Misurina is easy to reach and you can take the stunning pictures literally from your car. No walking required. It is located on the road SP49 leading to the lake Sorapis. Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level, near Auronzo di Cadore. The lake’s perimeter is 2.6 km long, while the maximum depth is 5 m. Near the lake there are about ten hotels with accommodation for around 500 people. It is very touristy and might be crowded at the high season but the backdrop of the mountains reflecting in the lake is amazing.


Lake Carezza the iconic fairytale lake

 – Located 30 min drive from Bolzano. The lake is true gem reflecting shades of blue and emerald green. It’s easy to reach with large paid parking and the rest stop, just google Lago Di Carezza. The lake is rather small: 300 m long and 140 m wide at an altitude of 1520 m. The stroll around the lake is 2 km with many places to rest and enjoy the amazing games of colours. There are more hiking trails leading to the lake if you are up to the exercise. The lake has beautiful panorama of massive mountain ranges in the background. You can easily catch the mountain reflection in the water.

Lago Di Carezza is the fairytale lake of Dolomites, known in Ladin language as the rainbow lake due to changing colours. There is a myth of beautiful water nymph living here.

Today the lake is one of the classic tourist destinations of the Trentino-Alto Adige. In the winter, it is visited by divers who record documentaries of the colors of the underground waters.

The images above are without filters. Below you can see my best shot for the fairytale lake with filters applied.


Awe inspiring peaks – easy hikes at the iconic places

As impressive as those lakes are, the towering peaks of Dolomites are here to steal the show. The mountain range boasts dozens of peaks that are over 3,000 meters high. Dominating the Alpine skyline, these three peaks will enhance you in a very special way.

The long peak Sassolungo

The SaslonchSassolungo or Langkofel (Ladin: Saslonch; Italian: Sassolungo; German: Langkofel) (3,181m) is the highest mountain of the Langkofel Group in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. The name translates to “long peak” / “long rock” in all three languages. It stands over the Ladin community of Val Gardena.

You can either get distant panoramic view by taking the cable car from Ortisei or drive closer to the Sella pass at 2218.

The address for Sella pass: Sella Pass, 39048 Sëlva, South Tyrol, Italy.


The drive crossings Sella pass is absolute must when you are in the area. The scenery is breathtaking! You only need the weather to cooperate 😉 to create the best DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS in this location. And 30 min later you can reach the fairytale lake Carezza.

The rescue mission in action


– The iconic Three Peaks of Lavaredo are the most recognized peaks in all of Dolomites. Three striking battlement-like peaks once formed a border between Italy and Austria, while today they form an unforgettable memory.

Just when you find the blue sky too boring. The Tre Crime picture is dramatically modified by changing sky to the night time as an example of what’s possible with the right app. The app is called Quickshot.

You can drive to the peaks and park the car very close by but that will cost you €30. The hike around the Tre Crime takes 4 hours, so plan a day trip.

The parking location on google maps: Tre Cime Rifugio Auronzo, 32041, 32041 Auronzo di Cadore BL, Italy.


The great scenery and easy walk at the altitude of 2000 m is at Pratto Piazza. It will cost you €8 to drive the last 5km but the view is worth it. If you follow the trail with further elevation of 400m you can see Tre Crimes from the distance.

The parking address: 39030 Prato Piazza South Tyrol, Italy.


Val di Funes – St Maddalena

One more spot which I miss in my travels but definitely worth visiting is Location: Val Di Funes – Santa Maddalena View. The shot below is not from iPhone: the really fairy tale-like picture is taken with zoom lens by Jessica.

Photography in the Dolomites can be challenging as the light changes year round. The hardest part is definitely finding these locations, so we wanted to share a guide to not only capturing these incredible places but how to get to them too. Follow the link to learn more.

picture from www.bontraveler.com

Useful apps for photo editing

👍The most useful and completely free is Snapseed. About 30+ tools available at your fingertip in one single app! I have not used them all yet but my favourite is the perspective change particularly useful when taking building pictures with the phone.

👍The next one is Quickshot, the one where you can change the sky and select many filters, primers and add effects. The “magic” button is very handy just to enhance the colours and the resolution.

👍Retouch I use to remove small imperfections like electric wires for example.

👍FaceApp is really great when you wish to look fresh on the top of mountain after a hard hike: your face is sweaty and hair a mess. That can easily be fixed with FaceApp. You can also apply makeup or add a beard 😉. Click for some examples .

👍And of course the Lightroom which requires more advance learning and you can also purchase filter presets from great photographers.

The fabulous road trip itinerary accros Tuscany

Inspirational road trip itinerary across Tuscany for the scenic drives.

Taking epic pictures right from the car? Scenic drive through the countryside? Vineyards, thermal springs, UNESCO World Heritage? Look no further than Tuscany.

Plan vs reality

I had very precise road trip itinerary planned across Tuscany. How difficult can it be to follow the plan? However I made the plan while I have never been in Tuscany before. Overwhelmed with the beauty of nature I could not resist changing the driving directions. I also learned about new places from fellow travellers. And I spotted signs while driving. Here I am – driving back and forth instead of following the plan.

The main deviation from the plan was. A: I did not drive to Adriatic coast as I was desperate to the iconic beauty of Tuscany. B: skipping thePortoferraio island. C: adding Cinque Terre national park.

For the next time I would go directly to Luxor Chianti Village Camping. It is conveniently located next to Siena offering easy drive to all directions. Is is worth staying longer to explore the villages of Val d’Orca. The picture on the right is the real drive with the green star for Luxor Chianti.

The historical charm

Bassano del Grappa was the starting point where the preserved medieval charm with a striking mountain backdrop simply lures you in to stay.
Dating all the way back to the year of 998 and fast-forward to the 16th century, a small town became known for its flourishing industry, especially ceramic works grappa (the strong Italian aperitif) and today it is most recognizable for its symbol – the old & soulful medieval bridge spanning over the river Brenta.
Whether it’s those little piazzas, that crisp mountain air or lovely churches with ancient castles and intriguing museums, staying in Bassano del Grappa will be your authentic and unforgettable experience and a perfect way to kickstart the around Tuscany road trip exploring vineyards and beaches .

Adriatic coast beach road

Stops 1&2 , (see the map at the end) covering 235 km – just enough for a day’s drive.

From one idyllic coast to the other, in one road trip with no hassle at all. Italy is one of the few of those unique countries that can offer that. We start off by riding along the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, the turquoise and beautiful Adriatic Sea.
First, we pass through and stop to admire Delta Po for a while, one of the largest wetland areas in the continent. Not only its where nature and people live side by side, but it is also home to more than 400 species of birds. A true paradise for nature lovers!
The road trip continues with driving close to the shore until we reach a lively and vibrant area of Lido di Savio, lined up with restaurants, camping sites, and hotels. A perfect place to finally unpack that tent!

Two days in the fabulous Tuscany vineyards

The next destination is only 200 km from the Adriatic cost. The two days break in itinerary. Absolutely worth of spending two days (stops 3&4) relaxing in the beautiful scenery, flying drone and tasting wine🍷 .

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One cannot claim being in Tuscany without visiting the famous wine tasting venues . It is now becoming a well oiled industry and extra marketing channel for small local vineyards. It is very nice to listen to the history and old legends while sipping wine.

I visited Villa Trasqua which is continently located 400 m from the Luxor Chianti Camping Village offering vine tasting tours. Villa Trasqua is not merely a wine, but a experience that takes root in the heart of Tuscany. Its proximity to the confines of the Chianti Classico, has enabled the Estate to unite the traditions of this ancient territory with the innovation of a more worldly outlook since more than fifty years. Book your tour in advance by calling the winery.

Luxor Chianti Camping Village

Luxor Chianti Village is the solution for your Camping in Tuscany. It is located near the top attractions including Florence, Siena, Chianti and local villages. Easy drive  to Siena. 400 meters till the wine tasting- what else can you wish for.

The 95 pitches, ranging from 60 to 100 square meters, ideal for camping in tents, campers and caravans. The campsite extends over medium-sized grounds bordered by oak trees that characterize the forest. Not all pitches has electricity but you can plug in your devices in the utility building or ask bar/ reception to charge your unit. The WiFi is at the restaurant area but I could not get it working at a reliable download speed. The utilities are in excellent condition, free showers and free access to pool with extra charge for washing machine.

Excellent campsite, enough trees and shade, clean facilities. I loved evenings in the restaurant next to swimming pool. The pool itself was big enough to accommodate all holiday lovers.

Cascate del Mulino

Only 127 km away the thermal springs are waiting, I hope for a cool weather to relax in the naturally warm water …

Just a few kilometers away from a small village Saturnia, natural and heaven-like waters spring to life. The stream rushes down to create thermal waterfalls that are cherished and admired by both locals and visitors.
Rich in Sulphur and other minerals the water comes from an underground source. There is nothing quite like enjoying a truly natural and healing phenomenon that warms your body and soul. To make it even better, the place is accessible at all the times and free of charge!
And to add the cherry on top, how about that Old Mill, perched just above the waters? All surrounded by the green lush with mountainous landscape as a backdrop to all of this? Wow!

The Cascate del Mulino (in the photograph aboveThe composition of the deposits, from the scientific point of view, are composed of “a sulphurous-carbonic, sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline mineral water, and includes among its peculiarities the presence of two dissolved gases such as hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide“. The thermal waters have a temperature of 37.5 °C and therapeutic and relaxing properties.) are probably the most famous natural springs in Tuscany. The waterfalls are made of several natural pools of warm thermal water, as well as a relaxing waterfall. They are open to the public and free throughout the entire year.

Terme di Saturnia SPA & Golf Resort

The Saturnia spring origin is located in the Terme di Saturnia SPA resort. The SPA is absolutely amazing place! The luxury built around the origin of Saturnia thermal spring. The outdoor pool has a natural bottom that is 3,5m deep. There are air bubbles slowly coming to the surface along with the spring water gently tickling you 🤗 
There is also some debris floating around that apparently is good for you as people are rubbing the stuff in the skin🤣

I would highly recommend to indulge yourself with the well being even for the short period of time if the itinerary does not allow to settle. The best time for visiting is late autumn or early spring when one can benefit from cold, crispy air and the warms of the water bubling up from the depth of Earth.

Portoferraio 2 Nights break from the around Tuscany road trip

Here we go – another excitement the stop 6 after 171 km and a shot ferry ride

As vineyards and thermal waterfalls fade away in a rearview mirror the road trip is progressing. As lovely as those places were, something lovely is coming up on the horizon and it is only right that we dedicate 3 beautiful days and 2 peaceful nights in the island of Elbo, and its biggest city – the historic Portoferraio.
The former exile of Napoleon has truly a lot to offer, especially for nature enthusiasts and active travelers. Anything from exploring small picturesque villages, strong fortresses and intriguing museums to hiking up the mountains. Spending time in some of the finest beaches or even diving to discover shipwrecks. You name it!
Founded in 1548, the town of Portoferraio itself offers a diverse choice of accommodations. But there’s nothing quite like those buildings perched on steep slopes while surrounded by mountains and the sea. Island of Elbo is truly a diamond in a rough, just one step off the coast of Tuscany!

Cecina the next road trip itinerary across Tuscany

Can you feel the gentle breeze already? We are closing into the long-awaited coastline of Ligurian Sea.

From the first glance, Cecina might seem like a small and quite simple coastal town. In reality, it’s a treasure chest worth millions, waiting to be discovered!
Where waves rise and fall, you will find golden sand beaches surrounded by a centuries-old pine forest. The beautiful trails that invite for a fantastic outdoor recreation, whether it’s hiking, biking or horseback riding. Take your preference and discover great diversity in vegetation and wildlife together.
And to wrap it all up for nature lovers, there are campsites to pitch your tent and sleep under the stars!
It’s also an ancient land. The history goes so far back, even to the Neolithic period. There are of archeological sites, exhibitions, artefacts and ruins with roots digging deep into our world’s past.

Pizza – cannot plan the road trip itinerary across Tuscany without it

After unlocking as much treasure from Cecina as possible during our stop there, we continue onwards to our next pass-through stop, the city of Pisa. Sounds familiar?
If you have a chance to visit the iconic city and even more legendary leaning tower of Pisa, you take it! The city is must see as it hosts an unmatched sightseeing experience with history and timeless architecture. Charming rivers and mountains are present in the distance providing beautiful views.

To wrap it all up, head up to climb the famous tower that just keeps on leaning to catch some premiere vistas of the city and take the mandatory selfie 😄

Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park as the last stop for the road trip itinerary across Tuscany

255 km and two sightseeing stops will be busy day, a quiet evening in with two days of wilderness adventure ahead to conclude my vacation

Nature-lovers rejoice! Another jewel is on the way. A big one, in fact, taking over more than 26,000 hectares together with some of the highest peaks in the region and unique flora and fauna that thrive in these high mountain areas.
The glacier craters are sparkling with pristine lakes and wild rivers run through striking valleys. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve breathes life with wolves roaming through rare orchids and golden eagles flying above looking down on plants and bushes that date back to the glacial era.
It presents an extraordinary chance to wake your inner adventurer up and venture out, whether it’s hiking or biking! The park is also equipped with an extensive variety of choices for accommodations, including various campgrounds, mountain huts, and even hotels. Find your peace here, in the vastness of pure nature.

As much as the wild and breathing natural surroundings invite and tempts us for wild camping overnight to get even closer to nature, unfortunately, it is illegal in Italy.
The vast area of the park hosts multiple campsites that are just as wild and close to nature as it can be, with some of them providing mountains views of a lifetime.

Solo road trip itinerary across Tuscany
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Count the stars, reflect on the beautiful trip or maybe even start visualizing the next one.
End of the road trip itinerary across Tuscany


Quality reads about Tuscany road trip itinerary

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