Walking Since 1939

“Bella passeggiata: Hiking the Alta Vita 1 through the Italian Dolomites”


Lace up your Scarpas, grab your passport and enjoy this evening’s presentation by Dree Ballardin about hiking the Alta Via 1 through the spectacular Italian Dolomites.

In August 2022, Dree spent 9 days hiking the Alta Via 1, one of the most popular hikes through the Italian Dolomites, from Lago di Braies to La Pissa bus stop. This is a hut-to-hut walk (known as Refugio’s in Italy). The hike is technically straight-forward, but has a lot of ascent and descent. Day 1 involved climbing 1,140m over 4km to end the day in a Rifugio at an altitude of 2,327m (Mount Kosciuszko has an altitude of 2,228).

The Alta Via 1 is so popular you need to book months in advance. In this presentation Dree will share with you some useful tips for planning this hike and other insights she wished she knew before starting this hike in this stunning part of Italy.

(Oh, and in case you are wondering, “bella passeggiata” means “beautiful walk”).

Dree has been hiking with the YHA since 2015. She is a fan of long-distance hikes and has walked over 2000 km of different Camino routes and pilgrimages through France, Spain, Portugal and Japan. Closer to home, Dree enjoys day hikes and multi-day hikes. Over the years, she’s found the ruggedness of hikes in Australia’s hikes makes for good training for long-distance hiking in Europe.



Please join us for some Italiano inspired light refreshments and what will undoubtedly be a wonderful vicarious hike through the Italian alps.


VENUE: East Melbourne Library Meeting Room, 122 George St, East Melbourne.

(8 minutes walk from West Richmond train station or 4 minutes walk from Jolimont Station. Alternatively take #48 0r 75 tram. Unrestricted street parking available after 6.30pm on the Fitzroy Gardens side of Clarendon Street and on Wellington Parade. Please check signage carefully).



Anyone is welcome to attend, however in order to monitor numbers, please register for the event as per the walks program. The Leader will confirm your participation via email.




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Activity Date(s)


November 8, 2022 7:00 pm


November 8, 2022 9:00 pm






Jann C

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