Cows in a field outside Ortisei, Italy
Hiking trails are one of many great things to do in Ortisei

Ortisei serves as a hub for hikers, bikers, and skiers. It also has little nature trails leading right from town.

Italian Dolomites Nature Trail in Ortisei – Virtual Treadmill Walking Tour and 4K – City Walks

Ortisei has many hiking trails lead out of the town. This is the one that leads past the kneep walk, the adventure course, and the playground. If you follow the trail further it leads up to Rifugio Firenze. It follows a little stream as we walk amongst the fall colors. I hope you enjoy this relaxing nature walk and 4k “City” Walk. Please feel free to share with others who might enjoy it and keep on steppin’. -H

Pathway in the Dolomites small town
So many wonderful, quiet paths to wander and tour

Ortisei, together with S. Cristina and Selva Gardena, acts as one of the three municipalities of the Val Gardena. Many consider it one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Tyrol because of its uniquely beautiful location and the local hospitality. Ortisei has a wonderful pedestrian zone with shops, cafés and restaurants and a central bus station which gives access to many of the surrounding smaller towns.

Probably, the best months to visit the area in the summer are apparently from mid-June to mid-October. We stayed in the area late September to early October. July and August get busy, but you can still find some peace on the regional trails and in the meadows. The main hiking areas and trails will be crowded in July and August but we found them to be fairly open in the autumn.

More Walks in and around towns of the Dolomites
Sopra Bolzano Virtual Walking Tour
🇮🇹Bolzano / Bozen Italy Walking Tour
Hiking St. Jakob’s to Ortisei
Brixen, Italy Walking Tour
Hiking Seceda to Rifugio Firenze in Dolomites
Explore Castelrotto / Kastelruth in Dolomites
Exploring Ortisei in Italian Dolomites
Bolzano / Bozen Virtual Treadmill Walking Tour
Walking Tour SĂ«lva Gardena
Dolomites Hike – Walk to Rifugio Genova / Schlüterhütte


family on bridge in Ortisei, Italy
Several nature trails leading right out of town

Wikipedia: Urtijëi; German: St. Ulrich in Gröden; Italian: Ortisei is a town of 4,637 inhabitants in South Tyrol in northern Italy. It occupies the Val Gardena within the Dolomites, a mountain chain that is part of the Alps.

Geography: Urtijëi borders the following municipalities: Kastelruth, Villnöß, Lajen and Santa Cristina Gherdëina.

History: The Ladin-language name UrtijĂ«i derives from the Latin word urtica and the suffix -etum, with the meaning “place of nettles”. From 1860 to 1914 UrtijĂ«i experienced a relevant economic growth due to the opening of a major road connecting Val Gardena to the main railroad; as a result the local woodcarving industry flourished. International tourism developed through the discovery of the Dolomites first by English tourists, and subsequently visitors from other parts of Austria-Hungary as well as the German Empire. Currently, the town’s economy is mostly based on winter skiing tourism, summer hiking tourism, and woodcarving.

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