Monday, March 19, 2012

We invite you to join us on a very special trip.

Italy’s Dolomite Mountains rise up like a cathedral of rock, full of rugged crags and breathtaking pinnacles. Hit the mountain trails to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Hike up to ridges and high mountain passes to behold spellbinding vistas of snowcapped peaks and verdant valleys. Trace the dramatic wartime history of this magnificent place–the Dolomites were the front line between Austria and Italy during World War I and are still scattered with abandoned bunkers and fortifications. Walk through meadows blanketed by wildflowers, discover beautiful lakes, and stop for lunch in picturesque mountain huts, or rifugios. Visit charming Tyrolean villages where an ancient language and customs prevail, and experience the unique combination of Austrian and Italian culture and cuisine.

Set out on foot to explore the breathtaking pillars, pinnacles, and colossal rock walls of Italy’s Dolomite mountains. On a variety of treks or more challenging climbs, ascend dramatic ridges and high mountain passes to behold the snowcapped peaks and verdant valleys of this UNESCO World Heritage site. In between exhilarating hikes, visit charming Tyrolean villages and mountain huts, or rifugios, and discover the area’s unique combination of Austrian and Italian cultures and cuisines.

Immerse yourself in the lively rhythms of life in Italy on an unforgettable journey to some of its lesser known treasures. Walk between the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre, explore the Carrara quarries where Michelangelo chose his blocks of marble, and settle into a restored medieval castle to discover traditional Tuscany. Delve into the cultural centers of Florence and Siena, and step behind the scenes on an insider's tour of Rome.

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