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Via ferrata in the Dolomites
The Dolomites are among Italy’s most breathtaking wonders, with their jagged peaks taking on a pink tinge in the sunshine. Rather than doing a traditional hike through these glorious mountains, strap yourself in for a trip along the via ferratas. These “iron paths” were created during the First World War to traverse these forbidding peaks, and nowadays you can climb them while wearing a safety harness and helmet. Dolomite Mountains has an eight-day guided trip, classified as moderate to challenging, that starts in glamorous Cortina d’Ampezzo and ends in Alta Badia. The starting price of €1,790 (Dh7,729) per person is based on four people travelling together and includes bed and breakfast accommodation at the start and finish, mountain refuges along the way, equipment, breakfast and some dinners. A self-guided option is also available. The trips run from mid-June to mid-September.