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Top Winter Ski Destinations In Italy!

Top winter ski destinations in Italy!

Italy is a fabulous destination year round, although fewer travelers take advantage of all the country has to offer in winter. Besides the off-season attractions of its major cities like Rome, Venice and Florence, Italy has wonderful skiing villages, mountain and country retreats and balmy southern towns to enjoy at reduced prices and without the crowds. So where to go? Here travel experts and Italy specialists–Philip Curnow, founder of Delicious Italy; Barbara Lessona, owner of Countess Concierge; Brandon Shaw, co-owner at The Roman Guy and his colleagues, Eleonora Cordella, the company’s Venetian marketer, and trip planner Adam Beaven–give fresh insider takes from the Alps to Sicily.

These are the Best Mountain Ski Destonations in Italy:

ORTISEI (Alto Adige)

“The whole Alto Adige promotes itself for the winter with a great combination of wonderful skiing and local food. For a resort, go to Ortisei. After a morning on the piste, you won’t think twice about devouring canederli dumplings, roast pork with sauerkraut, and apple strudel with full-fat local cream.” Philip Curnow

CORVARA/ALTA BADIA

“A lesser-known location in Italy loved by locals for its high-standard hotels and dining experiences is Corvara in Alta Badia. There are a solid 130 kilometers of perfectly-kept trails surrounded by woods. The view on top of Mount Piz Boè at 3,152 meters is just magnificent and offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Ladin Dolomites. Once on top, there’s nothing better than enjoying the traditional ‘mountain man’ dish, a simple but flavorful meal made of speck, sunny-side eggs and roasted potatoes.” Eleonora Cordella

SAN CANDIDO (Alto Adige)

“San Candido is like a fairy tale, a truly peaceful spot that will get you into vacation mode. It’s a place full of history with its own dialect and you really feel the natural kindness and devotion to service of the people here. The food is amazing.” Barbara Lessona

FALCADE (Veneto)

“A little farther south, where the Trentino meets the province of Belluno in Veneto, is Falcade, a high plain which boasts superb cross-country skiing. The ski lifts link to the Val di Fassa and access the Dolomiti Superski district connecting over 1000 kilometers of pistes and 12 ski zones.” Philip Curnow

ASIAGO (Veneto)

“For a “white week” [settimana bianca is the term used in Italy to describe these seven-day winter holidays], the Asiago High Plain (Altopiano) offers 80 kilometers of Alpine skiing, as well as 500 kilometers of highly regarded cross-country skiing.” Philip Curnow

ROCCARASO (Abruzzo)

“While the Alps are known internationally for skiers and snowboarders alike, many local Italians head to Abruzzo. The crowds are not as bad and you’re still located central enough in Italy that there are many places to visit nearby. My favorite spot in Abruzzo is a small town called Roccaraso, which I would recommend for a more local experience.” Brandon Shaw [Skipass Alto Sangro, Roccaraso’s ski area, has 110 kilometers of slopes.]

ROCCA PIA AND PESCOCOSTANZO (Abruzzo)

“These locations are really for insiders and for those who want to go back home with a different story to tell. Pescocostanzo, one of I Borghi più belli d’Italia (most beautiful villages in Italy), and Rocca Pia are charming towns to visit, even if you don’t want to ski.” [But if you do the Roccaraso ski area is a short drive away]. Barbara Lessona

MONTE AMIATA (Tuscany)

“When the snow arrives Monte Amiata in south Tuscany is fun.” Philip Curnow. [Monte Amiata, a dormant volcano 1736 meters high, offers more than 25 kilometers of Alpine and Nordic slopes. It is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Siena and an hour’s drive from Pienza in the beautiful Val d’Orcia.]

 

Source: forbes.com

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