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Hiking and History in Italy’s Dolomites

When World War I broke out, the 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, to move supplies quickly—and for other missions, too.

Swiss Solutions

These days, a growing number of Swiss resort towns are hard-pressed to ignore global warming. Take Pontresina, perched 5,900 feet above sea level near the Italian border (and our new vote for town with the cheesiest marketing slogan: “a symphony in p-major”). Further up the mountain—and just above a 17th-century church and the area’s leading…