I am planning a 13-night trip to South Tirol to see the Dolomites. Since I have quite a long stay, I would like to choose 2-3 home bases. I would appreciate your help in choosing them. I would like to see the Odle group, Tre Cime, some Alpine lakes with turquoise water, and some charming towns. I am not an avid hiker and will stick to easy paths and use cable cars for parts of ascent/descent.
I did a search in this forum, and the most mentioned are Cortina and Ortisei. However, since they are the most well-known, hotel prices there are high, and (more importantly) availability is drying up.
My budget is about $150 per night. I know this isn’t much (particularly for places that take credit cards and offer free cancellations), but I am rebuilding my house next year and need to be disciplined with my travel spending this year. I will have a rental car and so staying outside downtown isn’t a problem. In fact, I prefer not to stay downtown to avoid noise. Of course, I am open to B&Bs, farmstays, and vacation rentals. I love places with some Tyrolean charm.
For seeing Tre Cime, is San Vito di Cadore too far?
For seeing the Odle group, what about villages on the Val di Funes (Villnoss) side?
I know Rick suggests Bolzano and Castelrotto, but it seems like fellow members in this forum think otherwise.
What are the great cable car rides that I shouldn’t miss, beside the ones in Ortisei, Selva, or Cortina?
Since I have a rather long stay, any suggestions about where else to visit are welcome.
Edit: By the way, I will arrive by car from Austria from the northeast (direction from Lienz) and finally leave Italy by driving to Munich.