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The Via Ferrata

Listed under Military History in Veneto-Dolomites, Italy.

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The Via Ferrata, or "Iron Roads", are a series of cables, ladders, and bridges leading paths up into the Dolomite Mountains. They were originally constructed by Austrian and Italian mountain soldiers as they fought to control the heights during World War One. Trenches and dugouts built into the mountains are often still there.

Nowadays, the trails have been refurbished and opened for tourists, hikers, and prospective rock climbers. The trekkers are joined by hang glifers and BASE jumpers. If you want to go, sign on with a climbing company. They provide guides and climbing gear and (like most Italians) plenty of stories.

Written by  Robert Evans.

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