@: A travel tip for the Dolomites: You don’t want to be the driver, negotiating steep hairpin turns and bands of Italian cyclists pedaling through dangerously narrow mountain passes. You want to be the passenger, the one hanging her head out the window, transfixed on the mountain peaks and gloriously green valleys. This monumental mountain range in northeastern Italy is one of the world’s most beautiful playgrounds for outdoor adventurers. But equally fascinating is its cultural heritage. Much of the region was Austrian until annexation by Italy after World War I, and the distinctive local cuisine reflects these roots. From valley to valley, village to village, you’ll still encounter mostly German, some Italian with a lilting accent, as well as Ladin, an umlaut-heavy language native to this remote region. But though road signs are posted in 2 or 3 languages, the otherworldly beauty of the needs no translation. Here, @ captured the Messner Mountain Museum Corones, a podlike complex designed by atop Kronplatz, elevation 7,500 feet. Visit the link in our profile to find out how to spend in the Dolomites.