Wildflower Walks in Italy

alpine flower walks in the Dolomites with Collett’s

join relaxed and informal flower walks 5 days a week throughout june and july

an explosion of colour in wildflower-strewn meadows ~ hundreds of rare species
some of the best floral sites in Europe
plus a superb new flower book for flower enthusiasts

Our alpine walking holidays in the Dolomites happen to take place in an outstanding and world-renowned area for wildflowers and it is one of life’s great pleasures to walk among them. The Dolomites present a slightly different geology from the main alpine chain and many rare species are at their best here, notably Campanula morettiana, Eritrichium nanum, Paederota bonarota, Papaver rhaeticum, Potentilla nitida, Ranunculus seguieri and the very beautiful Physoplexis comosa.

As with our walking holidays in the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa, the Dolomites are on the doorstep of some of the most celebrated floral sites in Europe, such as the Bindelweg, the Belvedere, Pordoi, the Sella Massif and Val Gardena. Habitats vary from vivid and profuse upland meadows teeming with orchids and wildflowers to rocky outcrops where countless alpine gems thrive in the most perfect of settings.

Lilium bulibiferum in a lush flower meadow on the Gardena Pass

Papaver rhaeticum on the Viel dal Pan

Soldanella alpina in the meadows above Badia

In spring, as the snow retreats, crocuses and hepaticas appear and the flower season begins. By early/mid June, the alpine pastures are smothered in startling colour ‐ the yellows of the arnicas, geums and poppies ‐ the pinks, mauves and reds of the soldanellas, daphne, primulas and rhododendrons ‐ the stunning blues of the campanulas and gentians and, in its high mountain home, the ‘King of the Alps’, Eritrichium nanum. July enhances this botanical array with edelweiss, lilies, potentillas and orchids, creating a truly floral paradise under a high summer sun.

Organised flower walks with Collett’s

Five days a week (not Wednesdays or Saturdays) in June and July only, you can walk with our own flower walkers, finding and identifying vivid and rare species in locations of specific excellence. These walks are free of charge and entirely optional. Our flower walkers are accomplished floral photographers and they will help you capture these exquisite subjects. Twice a week they offer a talk and slideshow in the evening, where those with a layman’s interest are as much at home as the passionate enthusiast.

Simply drop into Office Hour and our flower specialists will tell you about the walks they are proposing the following day. They will also help you identify flowers from pictures you might have taken whilst out and about. Similarly, it is common to see guests at Office Hour comparing photographs and consulting reference books amongst themselves. It is the ideal platform for a flower walking holiday whether you have casual or keen interest in flowers.

Photographing the ‘Lady’s Slipper Orchid’

Climbers on the Via Ferrata Lipella near Cortina and Passo Falzarego

Photographing the ‘Devil’s Claw’ – Physoplexus comosum

A flower book for the dolomites

At last! A superb, beautifully illustrated, inexpensive and user-friendly reference book for flower enthusiasts visiting the Dolomites.

Collett’s Mountain Holidays has teamed up with our longest-standing and popular flower walk organisers, Cliff Booker and David Charlton, to produce a handy-sized, ring-bound pocket book, which can only enhance the experience of anyone visiting the Dolomites to enjoy the magnificent and diverse flora – using a minimum of technical language and featuring stunning photographic close-ups.

‘Mountain Flowers – The Dolomites’ is available exclusively through Collett’s Mountain Holidays. You can buy a copy at £9.95 (plus £1.65 UK P&P) when booking your holiday or use our order form here or call us on 01799 513331. We aim to follow up this book with versions for the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees.

Identifying wildflower species with David Charlton on the Falzarego Pass
On an organised wildflower walk
above Corvara
Meadows between Colfosco & Corvara with the Val Mesdi and Piz Boé behind

The Alpine Flowers of the Italian Dolomites and South Tyrol 2012

by David Charlton

The mountain flowers of the Dolomites are equal in beauty and profusion to any in Europe. In the Summer of 2012 we found them in all their usual glory… Click here to read more…

‘Mountain flower holidays in europe’ by lionel bacon

If you would like to know more about the flora, we can send you, by kind permission of the Alpine Garden Society, an extract from ‘Mountain Flower Holidays in Europe’ by Lionel Bacon or click here. It will convince you this is an exceptional area for flowers.

You may also be interested in the wildflowers in the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees.

Photographing Wildflowers above Corvara on the Campolungo Pass

At your own risk

You join our organised walks and make use of our ideas & information at your own risk. It is important that you understand that whilst our own walkers have substantial local knowledge and are familiar with the routes which our organised walks follow, they are not qualified mountain guides.

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