|Subject: RE: Driving holiday in the Dolomites|
I think that both Verona and Bolzano could be the right place where to get the car. It mainly depends on the train schedules and if you are planning to stop in Trento or Bolzano. If not, you could get by train to Verona, then pick up the car and drive directly to the Dolomites. Otherwise, you could get by train to Bolzano and then, depending from the hour, you can stay one night in Bolzano or drive directly to the Dolomites.
I've spent my summer holidays in the Dolomites for almost 15 years, so I can give you some suggestions about hiking and driving itineraries.
The itineraries you mentioned are very nice (they're so many!). I can add
three more itineraries:
1) Fanes natural park: wonderful itineraries and terrific scenarios. A good
place as a basis for these itineraries could be San Cassiano. My favorite
hiking itinerary is: San Cassiano-Capanna Alpina (by bus), Capanna Alpina-
Col Loccia, Col Loccia-Lavarella and Fanes huts (this is one of the most
beautiful places in the dolomites, with the famous marmots parliament).
2) From Falzarego, take the cable railway up to the Lagazuoi. From here you have different choices. You can return to Falzarego pass through the gallery which was constructed during the first world war by Italians to put the mines under the Austrians. Or you can go to the Tofane groups, to the Giussani and Cantore huts. It is possible to get up to the Tofana di Rozes and Tofana di Mezzo with two Via Ferrata (I don't know the english term), but I don't know if they can be done in May (you may still find a lot of snow). Anyway, all the peaks surrounding the Falzarego Pass are good hiking places (Sass Des Strias, Nuvolau, Averay, Cinque Torri).
3) Another terrific dolomitic group is the Sella. A wonderful hike is: from Corvara with the cable railway up to the Sella, then you can hike up to the Piz Boe' (check if there is too snow), then to the Boe' hut (you can reach it also from Pordoi), from here you can cross the Sella group to the Pisciadu' hut. Here you can go down through the Val Setus to the Gardena Pass, where you can get a bus back to Corvara.
Hope this was helpful.
Bye, Stefano Dighero Genova - Italy