WHEN WORLD WAR I broke out, Italy’s Dolomites became a treacherous front line for Austrian and Italian soldiers. Here among the jagged peaks and sheer pastel walls of this ancient range of the Alps, where many cultures had coexisted for centuries, soldiers on both sides built networks of bolted-down steel cables, called via ferrata (iron path), to move supplies quickly—and for other mis- sions, too.
Invented by Italian soldiers to get around the mountains during the First World War, via ferrata is today a surprisingly accessible form of climbing that allows non-mountaineers to scale vertical faces.
Biking in the Dolomites: Focusing on the foods and wines of three cultures
Bordered by Austria and Switzerland, the North Italian exudes style, high gastronomy and unforgettable tours
South American Agustina Lagos Marmol left her homeland to set up a winter ski and summer horse riding safari business in the Dolomites.
It was not quite what I expected on a first day’s walk in the Dolomite mountains. We had come through pine forests with an undergrowth of alpenrose and blueberries; mountain fritillaries and delicate small blue butterflies played across the path.
Five star Ski Touring?
I am on “ski-fari”— a moveable mountain feast through the South Tyrol
The Adventure: A 13-day via ferrata expedition through Italy’s Dolomites.
The Dolomites are the crown jewels of the Alps. Fairytale spires, twisted towers and sheer rock faces soar above emerald valleys. A collision of continental plates millions of years ago thrust the rock up and out of the sea and formed these spectacular mountains, whose highest peaks are nearly 11,000 feet.
In the Dolomites, there is a relatively new ski experience known as the ski safari, and it's fast becoming the adventure of choice for Dolomite visitors from across the globe that come in search of diversity and uniqueness.
When it comes to travel, “luxury” is a subjective concept. For some it’s all about Frette sheets, seat 1A or mooring up on the waterfront in Cannes. For others it’s as simple as a lie-in, no flashing red light on the BlackBerry and a freshly-baked baguette from the boulangerie down the road.
There's skiing the Alps, and then there's skiing the Italian Alps.
Caballadas in Argentina
It starts with fireworks, takes in Brazil, Wales and Ethiopia – and winds up with a spot of knitting. Let Kate Simon be your guide
Tackle the legendary via ferrata in the Dolomites battlegrounds
You are spoilt for choice on the sunny side of the Alps, with vast high-altitude linked terrain in the north and the chance to ski in Sicily in the south, says Patrick Thorne.
Intel from the Dolomite mountains of the Italian Alps, where foodies from around the world come to ski and skiers from around the world come to eat.
Hiking in Italy's Dolomites is a challenge.
On a snowboard safari in the Dolomites, our writer is exhilarated on the pistes – and almost as excited by the region's cuisine.