If you are coming from Venice, you will probably visit one of the two most popular places in Dolomites - either Cortina d'Ampezzo or Bolzano.
Cortina d'Ampezzo from Venice
Cortina d'Ampezzo offers spectacular views of the mountains, and there are many outdoor activities for partake in, as well wandering through the center of the town and experiencing the alpine air. You can get to Cortina by bus, train and car, and from there you can explore more of the area.
Cortina d'Ampezzo By Bus:
You can catch a bus directly to the town center of Cortina from Venice. You can catch the bus from Venice Mestre station which will take you out to the town. There are also express buses running from Venice's Marco Polo airport and Bologna Marconi. If you are taking public transport, this is the easiest and quickest way to get to the mountains, and you can enjoy the view the whole way there.
Cortina d'Ampezzo By Train:
It is possible to reach Cortina by train, but you will have to transfer for a bus to reach the town center. You can catch the train from Venice's main station to Cazzo di Caldore, and then get off and transfer to a bus that will take you to Cortina.
Cortina d'Ampezzo By Car:
Driving yourself to the Alps is probably the most convenient and scenic way of reaching the mountains. The roads are generally very well signposted for these major destinations, and you can easily rent a car in Venice (even if you want to keep going and drop the car in another city). If you want an especially scenic route try going east on the A23, past Udine. If you have time after you have visited Cortina or are not planning on going straight back to Venice, you could consider going somewhere like Alta Badia which will offer you even more incredible views of the Dolomites.
Bolzano from Venice
Bolzano is a beautiful alpine town that is located in the South Tyrol region of the Southern Alps. As well as the stunning scenery surrounding the town, there is a lot of rich history within Bolzano itself and it has a lot of churches and castles to explore alongside the many outdoor activities. Bolzano is another town that you can use as a gateway to the Dolomites once you are there.
Bolzano By Bus
You can catch a direct bus from Venice to Bolzano if you are wanting to use public transport. Flixbus offers direct routes from the Venice Mestre station, and this will take you between 4.5 and 5 hours to reach the town of Bolzano.
Bolzano By Train
If you want to take the train to Bolzano, you will transfer in the middle. Take one of the trenitalia trains from Venice's Santa Lucia Station to Verona Porta Nuova, and from there transfer to the train that will take you to Bolzano.
Bolzano By Car
Like Cortina d'Ampezzo, places like Bolzano are best visited by car as you can have a bit more flexibility about which route you want to take to get there. If you have a car you can also reach other beautiful places like Val Gardena which are about an hour away from the town of Bolzano.
The Dolomites are the fantastic mountains that you can admire from Fondamenta Nove looking towards the mainland, on particularly clear and sunny days. They are easily reachable from Venice by train.
There are many villages in the Dolomites, but as regards the Veneto region, one of the most popular destinations is Cortina d'Ampezzo.
To get there from the Venezia S. Lucia train station, take the train towards Calalzo, from there by bus or taxi you will reach the pretty town. Cortina is full of shops, restaurants and hotels, so you will always find something to do both in winter on the ski slopes and in the milder seasons, the surrounding mountains offer many paths for excursions.