The Italian Alps: Lounging in the Dolomites

Oct 11, 2021 161

BY: Rick Steves

Leaning back in my lounge chair, I enjoy the heat of the sun on my skin. A vibrant sea spreads out before me, but it's a sea of wildflowers. I'm not at the beach — I'm on a farm, looking out on Europe's largest high alpine meadow, manicured by munching goats and cows. In the distance, stark snow-dusted peaks tower boldly against the blue sky. These are Italy's Alps, the Dolomites.

My soundtrack is the happy laughter of Italian children enjoying a petting zoo filled with alpine critters. A few yards away, their parents sip wine on the veranda of their chalet guesthouse — thoroughly enjoying that dolce far niente (sweetness of doing nothing)…like me.

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