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Kaiserslautern American

June 28, 2019

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Panoramic view of the Dolomites mountain peaks during a summer sunset. Photo by canadastock / Shutterstock.com

And even though this may not be a land of famous art museums or idyllic Tuscan villas, the Dolomites are still in Italy, which means you’re never far from creature comforts. Energizing cuisine - including pizza and gelato - can be found in villages, along mountain roads, and in some of the larger cities like Feltre and Cortina. The southern end of the Dolomites are close to the world-famous Prosecco wine-growing region, where

vines cover every inch of earth, including hilltops, in a way that is beautiful and unique. Best of all, the Dolomites are vast enough that it is possible to find yourself alone, even in the summer. When this occurs, it is hard to describe how satisfying it feels to be a living creature on a mountain, just one small piece of a brilliant universe. It makes the journey, and all that it entails, worthwhile.

The Cadini del Brenton. Deep cavities dug by the waters of the stream forming small and clear waterfalls. Photo by krakow.poland / Shutterstock.com

Hiking regions worth exploring Brilliant summer hikes can be had throughout the Dolomites, which encompass a series of national parks and gorgeous mountainous terrain. You should definitely invest in a guide book, but here are two areas that provide can’t-miss beauty. 1. Cortina d’Ampezzo. Head west on SR 48 from Cortina d’Ampezzo. Adventure opportunities are everywhere along the twisty narrow road, as are classic Dolomite spires and peaks. 2. Bellunesi National Park, near the southern end of the Dolomites, offers rugged mountains, secret hikes, and plenty of streams, springs, and greenery.

Braies Lake in Dolomites mountains is also known as Lago di Braies. Photo by Blue Planet Studio / Shutterstock.com

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