A vaporetto tow on the Grand Canal
Venice rowing clubs

Tired of canals? Try a 'via ferrata.'

Dolomite Mountains
Dolomite Mountains, an adventure-travel company based in the rugged mountains north of Venice, offers climbing treks along the "vie ferrate" or "iron roads" that were built by Italian and Austrian alpine troops in World War I. Tours start in Cortina or in nearby Alta Badia, which are several hours away from Venice Marco Airport by rental car or bus.

The via ferrata adventures are claimed to be suitable for any healthy person who isn't afraid of heights. (We haven't tried them ourselves, since we suspect that our dog Maggie--featured in our companion blog "Maggie in Venice"--wouldn't be an ideal climbing companion and we don't want to leave her at home.)

For more information and photos, see "Climb a 'via ferrata' in the Dolomites" in our EFVblog about European travel and cruising.

Photo: Dolomite Mountains.

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