Christmas, the best festivity of the year is slowly approaching: it means we will have more time to devote to the things we love and our family. So why not arrange a ski holiday? The classic ski trip will be an opportunity to ski, skate, relax, maybe dedicate ourselves to some retail therapy, and spend time outdoors.
Here are 5 prestigious mountain resorts in Italy: exclusive places, often frequented by the jet set, which will allow you to recharge your energy.
Regulars call it simply ‘Courma’:it is a little gem sheltered to the West by the Mont Blanc. Apart from the numerous ski slopes, the town is popular for shopping – the main streets are full of shops.
Not to be missed: A few kilometres away there is the famous QC Prè Saint Didier Spa resort: the outdoor pools feature a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.
If the main reason of your holiday is the nightlife and shopping, then you have to go to Livigno, in the Sondrio province: since it is a free zone, you can make tax free purchases. Moreover, for those who love sports, Livigno is also a ski paradise, with a full schedule of events and activities which lasts all winter.
Not to be missed: The icing on the cake, the Aquagranda wellness center, one of the largest in Europe, to recuperate and get back on track after all the sport and shopping made.
The ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’, as it is known to most people, has always been a favorite destination for the international and home jet set. The reason? It offers the best a mountain location can give: gastronomy, folklore, shopping, nature and sport. Also, in the past, it has been the setting of numerous films, including Agent 007- For Your Eyes Only, the twelfth film in the James Bond saga. For sports enthusiasts, you can ski on three medium sized ski areas.
Not to be missed: El Camineto restaurant is one of the top places to visit: located at the foot of the Tofane and managed by the Melon family, it serves traditional, Ampezzo style dishes revisited with a modern twist, in a cozy atmosphere.
It is the South-Central most famous ski resort in Italy: it is located in the south of Abruzzo, near the border with Molise and it is the perfect place to spend the Christmas holiday. In addition to ski areas, a few kilometers away there is the Abruzzo National Park, where you can hike in pure nature.
Not to be missed: Roccaraso is a small village in Abruzzo, but together with Aremogna, Monte Pratello and Monte Pizzalto (Rivisondoli) it is the most important and largest ski resort of the Apennines, with a total of about 147 kilometers of ski slopes, 60 of which have programmed snowmaking, and are spread over 38 ski lifts and 60 km of slopes for Nordic ski. (http://skipassaltosangro.net/).
Further South, a few kilometres from Cosenza, lies this renowned tourist resort, situated in the heart of the Sila National Park. There are numerous ski slopes, both for alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as the possibility of snowshoe, snowmobile and quad excursions.
Not to be missed: If you want a moment of peace surrounded by nature, be sure to visit the Giganti di Fallistro pine forest, a few km from the city centre: 56 evergreens planted in the 17th century by the owner of the land to revive the area. A green area of secular beauty and witness of history.