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Introducing Lienz

With the jagged Dolomites on its doorstep, Lienz dishes up Italian charm around its cobbled centre, where chirpy locals kick back with gelato (ice cream) in the palm-studded square. Just 40km north of Italy, this snippet of East Tyrol expertly blends big wilderness with cultural clout: the glacial Isel River, Roman treasures and a medieval castle brimming with art are all there for the savouring. But it’s the mountains that really demand attention – austere beauties piercing the town’s southern skyline and looking their best when the last of the sun makes their pinnacles blush.