TRAVEL & LEISURE: Hot Spots of Italy's Dolomite Mountains

“Either you must be deeply in love,” Hugo Pizzinini said with a little smile, “or you must bring a good book. That, or you kill each other. There is no other way.”

Love or distraction. That was all we needed to pack for an overnight stay in his baita, or mountain hut, on a grassy slope high above the village of San Cassiano in the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites.