May 12, 2013 12:00 AM

Hiking heaven: Even a flatlander can scale trails in these Italian Alps

MERANO, Italy — A line of goats walked toward us, their bells ringing. A waterfall gurgled. The steeply pitched mountain farm angled down sharply below us. The goats headed downhill, then leaped over a stream through the grass, which looked like green velvet.

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