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The Dolomites ~ Electrifyingly Beautiful

Exactly 17 years ago, Karl and I were honeymooning in Italy. Given that I was self-employed and Karl was unemployed a grad student we found ourselves rich in discretionary time if not money. So we stretched our modest budget to last a luxurious 3+ weeks, affording us the opportunity to include many beautiful towns and regions in our dream itinerary: Cinque Terre, Lucca, Florence and Siena, the Amalfi Coast ... we did it up.

One experience that Karl lobbied for was hiking from hut to hut in the Dolomites of northern Italy. It wasn't the highest priority on my list, but we had a lot of time to play with. Why not?

It. Was. Spectacular.

We hiked in the Catinaccio/Rosengarten range, overnighting in a couple of rifugi (mountain huts), Rifugio Bolzano/Schlernhaus and Rifugio Vajolet/Vajolethütte. Almost everything in the Tyrolian region of Italy — towns, hotels, menu items — are identified both in Italian and German. And once you're up in the mountains, you'll also encounter the …

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