We have spent the last couple of days in the Dolomites. A mountain range in Northern Italy that separates Austria and Italy.
While Italian is still the primary language along with German, Ladin, a very regional language, is still protected and spoken by about 45,000 inhabitants.
The area is enormously popular for its winter sports. It is also popular year round with hikers and bikers.
Food has been much more German than Italian, heavier and heartier than what we are used to. This is also serious wine country with excellent big reds and whites available at shockingly low prices.
Here are some photos we liked.