As a professional elopement photographer, I’ve been fortunate enough to capture moments of love in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations. Among these, Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italy holds a special place. It’s not only where I almost eloped myself; it’s a backdrop of towering and jagged peaks that will leave you breathless. In this blog, I’ll share the magical images of this Tre Cime di Lavaredo Couple’s Session and how you can have your session too.
Moments of Intimacy Amidst Nature
Every couple brings their unique story to the session and the experiences stay with all of us. In the grand view of the Dolomites, the intimacy and romance is at an all-time high as we’re surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
K + L
I met K + L at the parking lot of Rifugio Auronzo around 9 AM and we hiked together along the Cadini di Misurina trail. It was a windy day, but it made for dramatic hair whips and movement. K came prepared with layers and layers. She wore fleece leggings under her dress and a thermal under her various sweaters. It was quite the chilly morning! L occasionally took her hands and tried to warm them with his breath. The wind added to the silliness to our session as we walked on the trail and captured moments. The sun was bright this morning and lit up the entire landscape. We were able to see every peak in sight with clear skies. K + L then hiked past the chapel to the grassy pasture overlooking the cities afar. K sat in between L’s legs and attempted a few kisses but the wind cause her hair to have a mind of its own. We enjoyed laughing and walking in the amazing views of the Dolomites.
Discovering Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Tre Cime di Lavaredo, better known as the Drei Zinnen, is the most famous and striking natural spectacle of nature that adorns northeastern Italy into a mountain chain known as the Dolomites. This triplet of peculiar towering peaks forms one of Dolomites characteristic and is a highlight to many visitors to this region. Each peak rises independent with his sheer cliffs and rugged profiles blending in together forming a dramatic and picture postcard landscape.
How to Get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Getting to Tre Cime di Lavaredo involves a combination of driving and hiking. Here’s a general guide on how to reach Tre Cime:
Nearest Major Cities
The closest major cities are Venice in Italy and Innsbruck in Austria. Both cities have international airports and are good starting points for a trip to the Dolomites. I landed in Venice Marco-Polo airport, rented a car, and drove to the parking lot of the Tre Cime hike.
Driving to Tre Cime:
- From Venice, the drive to Tre Cime takes about 3 to 4 hours.
- From Innsbruck, the drive is approximately 2 to 3 hours.
You’ll need to route to Rifugio Auronzo and pay the toll fee of 30 euros per car to access the hike and parking lot. The toll road is typically open from late spring to early autumn, depending on the weather conditions.
If you’re not driving, there are bus services available during the summer months from places like Cortina d’Ampezzo or Dobbiaco/Toblach to Rifugio Auronzo. The bus schedules can be infrequent and seasonal so I recommend checking the timetables here in advance.
Hiking to Tre Cime:
Once at Rifugio Auronzo, you’re ready to begin your hike! The hike to Tre Cime is 6.3 miles and takes approximately 3 hours to reach. AllTrails considers it a moderately challenging trail. It’s also a popular hike and I witnessed multiple large groups. At the parking lot you’ll find shuttle buses frequenting the area and loading/unloading big groups.
Planning the Perfect Couple’s Session
Ideal Times for Visiting
The best times for a Tre Cime di Lavaredo couple’s session is late spring and early fall (May to October). Expect high tourism in the summer months, but it dwindles down after August. It’s important to mention that these are average times to visit, not definite. The Dolomites are known to be unpredictable! There may be snow late spring or it could come earlier than expected in the fall. You’re generally good to go between June and September, but I’d check the forecast closely for May and October.
Essential Preparations and Tips
Preparation is key for a successful session at Tre Cime Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and a spirit of adventure are must-haves. During our couple’s session it was extremely windy and quite chilly! However the next day I visited it was warm and calm. Pack a backpack with extra layers, especially if planning on visiting for sunrise or sunset.
As soon as you step out of the car into the Rifugio Auronzo parking lot you’ll see that there’s photo locations EVERYWHERE. The entire place is incredibly picturesque and you can’t go wrong in any direction. Across from the parking lot, down below the hut, there is a wide open space available. If you make your way up to the hut there are trails to follow that will take you to Tre Cime or Cadini di Misurina. Another trail also takes you by the chapel and to a view point of a city in the distance. For this couple’s session we followed the trail to Cadini di Misurina then returned past the chapel to the grassy meadow with Tre Cime in the background.
Common Questions about Couple’s Sessions at Tre Cime
- What is the best time of day for a photo session at Tre Cime?
- The best time of day to take photos at Tre Cime are during the early morning at sunrise to avoid the crowds and capture the golden light. Also, sunset is a beautiful time to enjoy this area. However, during the fall months the clouds tend to roll in in the evening and may block the sun.
- How should we prepare for changing weather conditions?
- Always be prepared for quick weather changes in the Dolomites. Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. If you see dark clouds, it begins to rain or snow, head back to your car or head into the hut.
- How long does a typical session last?
- You can spend hours in this area! Most couple’s session last 1-2 hours depending on the activities. If we are hiking, generally 2 hours is necessary.
- Are there any permits or fees for photography at Tre Cime?
- There isn’t any information available online to suggest a photography permit or fee is required at Tre Cime.
- What if we’re not comfortable posing for photos?
- Don’t worry! I feel the exact same way. My approach is very natural and candid. I guide couples through simple, fun activities that will get you laughing or lost in the romance. I aim for natural expressions and emotions.
A Tre Cime di Lavaredo couple’s session is more than just a photo shoot; it’s a journey into the heart of your relationship, set against one of the most stunning backdrops nature has to offer. Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, or just the joy of being together, the memories you make here will be as enduring as the mountains themselves. Contact me if you’re inspired and want to capture magic together at Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
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I’m Karen, a Southern California Elopement Photographer who empowers couples to create memories that will last a lifetime. I am dedicated to providing the tools you need to create an unforgettable experience.
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