Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking the scenic Dolomites, one of the lesser known mountain ranges in Europe. Located near Venice in the northeastern region of Italy, the Dolomites are limestone mountains that reach up to 10,000 feet in altitude. The Dolomites may be slightly smaller than the nearby Alps, but rolling meadows and rugged trails are definitely still worth a visit. Rock climbers will find sheer rock walls to climb, and hikers can enjoy a large network of well-designed foot trails. Stop for a rest at the numerous rifugios throughout the Dolomites. Rifugios are little mountain huts that offer basic overnight lodging for hikers. You can explore the region for days or weeks at a time, stopping in for food and shelter at low-priced rifugios.