Say “the Alps,” and a geographer will ask for clarification. The Swiss Alps? Austrian Alps? Italian Alps? Indeed, the Dolomites separate Italy from its northern neighbors, and this mountainous region is reminiscent of its Germanic counterparts. (Considering that the Dolomites belonged to Austria until WWI, the cultural comparison makes sense.)
Like in Switzerland, half-timbered chalets stand in tidy Alpine villages surrounded by glacial lakes—though the Dolomites received an infusion of Italian cuisine. Who could argue with that addition?
If it’s climbs we’re comparing, Switzerland’s famous cols—the Grosse Scheidegg, Grimsel Pass, or Furka Pass—have the same buttery gravel, saw-toothed views, and peaceful pastures as Dolomiti passes: the legendary Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, and more.