Undoubtedly the most captivating mountain range of Italy, the Dolomites stretch for 6155 mi² along the Italian provinces of South Tyrol, Trento, and Belluno. This UNESCO World Heritage site brings in millions of visitors every year due to its breathtaking landscapes, which boast scenic alpine lakes and hiking trails.
Soaring pine trees scenting the morning air, majestic mountains reflecting in deep blue waters, old-fashioned wooden boats serenely floating around – standing on the shore of Lake Braies for the first time, it felt as if I was looking at a grand en plein air painting. The forest frames the view into a perfect composition, and when the light is right, the landscape ranges in color from every shade of green, turquoise and blue. You’d think only an artist could ever envision such an image, but then again, who’s better at wielding the paintbrush than Mother Nature?