Italy’s Alps have something for everyone: from ski enthusiasts to lovers of secluded destinations, here’s some mountain-high luxury. Without the tourist hordes…
Italy is not just known for its pristine beaches, secluded islands, and quaint villages. Sure, the mild climate of the Mediterranean is an attraction in itself, and year-long too! And nothing beats the millennia of history or the Ol’ Boot’s heritage cities. However, there’s a dimension to Italy that doesn’t get explored as much by travelers; Italy’s great mountain ranges. And oh, how they can satisfy even the most demanding, snow-crazed tourist! From spas to ski slopes, here’s everything you need to know about the scene.
A quick geography lesson Italy ski destinations
While Italy is very much a peninsula surrounded by the seas of the Mediterranean, its geological structure makes it so that one of the most important features of the country lies, indeed, in its mountains. The Alps “crown” Italy’s top in the very North, from the East to the West, acting as a natural border against France, Switzerland, Austria or Slovenia. The Apennines are Italy’s backbone, roughly running from North to South, beginning in the Liguria region and ending in the Aspromonte range in the Calabria region. Alps and Apennines are in good company, too: it is very possible to enjoy the snow in the very South of the country, on Mount Etna or Mount Vesuvius. For the sake of this article, though, we’ll concentrate on resorts which are easily reachable from one of the main airport hubs of northern Italy.
Lac Salin Spa e Mountain Resort, Livigno
Livigno is an astounding destination in itself – a perfect spot for relaxing, for indulging in treks in the untouched beauty of its surroundings (it lies within the Stelvio National Park), even for its cultural scene (it hosts a popular museum). This resort, though, it’s something else: relatively small with only 65 rooms to choose from, it’s luxurious and cozy at the same time – no small feat in an area where winter can feel crowded. For the adventurous, sleep in an ice hut! You can even try one of their Fat Bike On The Snow experiences- a real exhilarating challenge! Afterwards, relax at their Mandira Spa and unwind with professional holistic spa treatments.
Find a flight to: Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate or Bergamo Orio al Serio
Rosapetra, Cortina d’Ampezzo
Environmental sustainability is the code word for this astounding establishment in the Dolomites above Belluno, easily reachable by car from Venice or Innsbruck airports. Cortina is a popular town for snow lovers, but Rosapetra is intimate and perfect for a couple’s getaway. You can lose yourself in the lush stone-and-wood quarters, with a range of exclusive organic products available in each room. The in-house restaurant La Corte del Lampone (which means the raspberry court) offers fine dining and gourmet cuisine. Special promotional offers available on their website www.rosapetracortina.it
Find a flight to: Venice or Innsbruck
Il Capricorno, Sauze D’Oulx
A cozy, family-run, chalet hotel that started operations in 1966 definitely has a rustic feel to it. Old-style hospitality characterizes these parts of Italy, with Turin being the closest city. Much more secluded than, say, the very popular Sestriere slopes, Il Capricorno must be reached by chairlift and is beautiful and peaceful throughout the year. Don’t expect spas or indoor pools here, but know that the hotel’s restaurant is one of the best in the whole Piedmont region, and as for skiing, you’ll have close to 250 miles of ski runs right outside your door.
Find a flight to: Torino