Though certainly not unknown, the Dolomites are often overlooked on Italian itineraries. How a region of such striking alpine beauty—especially one located just a couple hours’ drive from Venice—could escape notice is a question that may no longer need answering. Calling new attention to the area is the Messner Mountain Museum Corones (messner-mountain-museum.it), which opened in July atop the nearly 7,500-foot Kronplatz. The cantilevered creation by the architect Zaha Hadid is the last in a series of six museums in the Dolomites dedicated to mountaineering, for which the surrounding peaks are prime territory. Amateur adventurers can explore the jagged terrain on the three-night Hiking in Cortina land excursion that Silversea Cruises (silversea.com) launched in May. Also last year, Butterfield & Robinson (butterfield.com) introduced new family-oriented Dolomites excursions, while InGamba (ingamba.pro) debuted a bicycle touring program at Hotel La Perla (hotel-laperla.it) in Bolzano. Keeping pace with demand, new hotels in the Dolomites include Rosapetra Spa Resort (rosapetracortina.it) in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Adler Mountain Lodge (adler-lodge.com) in Alpe di Siusi, and Pine Lodge Dolomites (pinelodgedolomites.com) in Selva Gardena.