Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

The Matterhorn is a large, jagged mountain standing 4,478 meters (14,692 ft) tall on the border of Switzerland and Italy. One of the highest peaks in the Pennine Alps, the Matterhorn is also known as Monte Cervino in Italian, or Mont Cervin in French. The mountain is famous for being one of the most deadly to summit, with over 500 climbers dying on it since it was first climbed in 1865. Today, many climbers summit the Matterhorn each year, and all the faces of the mountain have been ascended in all seasons, though even the easiest route to the top is considered a fairly difficult climb.

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

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Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

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Ah, Venice, a favorite destination for romantics for centuries, this Italian town is known for its canals, gondolas, and Saint Mark’s Basilica. The city is so amazing it’s even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venetian sights not to be missed include the Grand Canal, Saint Mark’s Basilica and Square, Academia, and the Rialto Bridge. Venice is a good sized town with a population of over 270,000. All ranges of accommodation and any dish you desire can be found in this enchanting town. So grab your amore and visit beautiful Venice!

Rio di San Barnaba - Venice, Italy

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Rialto Bridge Grand Canal - Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Burano -  Venice, Italy

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Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Basilica) - Venice, Italy

Rialto - Venice, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Dolomites, Italy

Dolomites, Italy

The Dolomites are a section of the Alps mountain range in Italy. Besides the spectacular views, visitors to the Dolomites can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, ice skating and sledding in the winter months, and hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, base jumping, paragliding and hang-gliding in the summer. The Dolomites were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August, 2009. Marmolada, the Dolomites’ largest peak, stands 3,344 meters (10,972 feet) tall. The Dolomites span three Northeastern Italian provinces: Belluno, Bolzano-Bozen and Trento. Accommodation can be found in any of the many cities and villages in the area.

Dolomites, Italy

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Rosengarten, Dolomites, Italy

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Vajolet Alpine Hut, Dolomites, Italy

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Karersee Rosengarten, Dolomites, Italy

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