Looking for a serene and gorgeous Italian escape? If you love mountains, head to the Dolomites, where the culture and scenery are more reminiscent of bordering Austria than the rest of Italy. Rocky peaks rise above Alpine meadows, while German dialects roll off of locals’ tongues in this northeastern retreat. Hiking is popular in the summer, while skiing reigns in the winter. Adventure sports enthusiasts can also enjoy activities like hang gliding and climbing.

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