Welcome to Cinque Torri
At the heart of the Dolomites, just 16km west of Cortina at the confluence of the Ampezzo, Badia and Cordevole Valleys, is the gorgeous area of Cinque Torri (www.5torri.it). Hard though it is to believe, some of the fiercest fighting of WWI took place in these idyllic mountains between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops. Now you can wander over 5km of restored trenches in an enormous open-air museum between Lagazuoi and the Tre Sassi fort. Guided tours are offered by the Gruppo Guide Alpine, and in winter you can ski the 80km Great War Ski Tour (www.lagazuoi5torri.dolomiti.org) with the Dolomiti Superski ski pass. En route, mountain refuges provide standout meals and beds with spectacular views.