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Guide to hiking in the Dolomites (Italian Alps)

Posted by Enrico C.

The Dolomites (Dolomiti) are a section of the Alps mountains.

They are located 70% in the provinces of Belluno (Veneto) and the rest in the provinces of Bolzano-Bozen, and Trento (Trentino alto Adige).

Surely these mountains are the most beautiful in the Alps.

They are famous tourist destination for:

* The presence of winter resorts
* The possibility to practice outdoor activities during the other months (Trekking, Climbing, Mountain biking)

The main centers are: Rocca Pietore, the Marmolada, Alleghe, Falcade, Auronzo, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Arabba, Ortisei and San Martino di Castrozza.

The main attractions are the so called "Vie ferrate". They are protected paths created during the First World War by the Italian army to facilitate the transfers of its Alpine mountain troops.

They fixed iron ladders and wire cables to the rock to enable troops to fight on the vertical walls.

Today these 'Iron ways' have been turned into recreational climbs.

Other interesting attractions are the footpaths called "Alte vie" (high paths) served by numerous "Rifugi" (huts).

To visit while hiking in the Dolomites:

* Veneto, in the north-east of Italy, and visit Venice.
* Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Northern Italy, and visit Trento and Bolzano (Bozen).

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It sounds like a beautiful tour. Hiking in a foreign country is something I've yet to do, but something I dream of doing. I imagine though, that I may make a hiking excursion just part of a longer trip, since I would like to work a day or so of kayaking in there, plus other sightseeing activities. Thanks for the tip, Enrico!
Thank you Kristen!
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