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Departures for winter holidays in Italy, an unforgettable time, lost in the scents and flavours of tradition. Get inspired by the magical Christmas atmosphere

Whether it is the snow-capped mountains or the charm of the cities dressed up, winter in Italy holds many surprises. Plan your week of white and ski and snowboard in the majestic Alps. Pass Bolzano and its typical markets or Rome and the giant Christmas tree in Piazza San Pietro. Don't miss the power of the stormy sea from the Faraglioni di Sant'Andrea in Puglia, which frees your thoughts and lets you listen. The winter destinations in Italy are unparalleled: enjoy every moment.
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The arts, rivers and towns of a Venetian mainland

The arts, rivers and towns of a Venetian mainland

You are some distance away from the Lagoon of the Serenissima, but along this route, which is known as the Friuli Pedemontana, you will still travel through a world of water, made up of bubbling springs, river parks, old towns brought to life by streams and canals. For thousands of years, the Livenza river has fed the life and civilisation of Sacile and Polcenigo, and further on, the strip between Maniago and Meduno is crossed by the Cellina and Meduna waters. The beautiful historic centre of Spilimbergo, the final destination, is halfway between the Meduna and the course of the great Tagliamento river that divides Friuli in two. In Friulian, the Tagliamento is "l'Aghe", i.e. the "Water" par excellence. The west of Pordenone lies on this side of the "Acqua", the east of Udine on the other side. At many points along the route, it is possible to ascend the road and then walk in the mountains just higher up, in winter on skis in Piancavallo and in summer with pedule (i.e. mountain walking shoes) on your feet among the alpine pastures of the Tramontina valley. Here, however, there is also water: Lake Barcis and the lakes of Tramonti may be artificial, but that doesn't make their stretches of blue any less engaging. This all means that you should never be surprised by the Lions of St Mark frescoed or carved here and there. For centuries, Friuli was under Venice. The channelling techniques that have kept the Lagoon alive are not so different from those used to keep the Livenza at bay. The palaces of Polcenigo and Aviano have the same architecture as the Venetian villas along the Brenta. The double lancet windows and wall frescoes on the façades of Spilimbergo could belong on the Grand Canal, and more than a little of the wine that has always been drunk in Venetian bàcari along the salizade and calli still comes from here: from Friuli.
Food and wine
Valle d'Aosta, flavours at high altitude

Valle d'Aosta, flavours at high altitude

Have you reached this earthly paradise? Then make yourself comfortable and examine the cheese menu, firstly with Fontina, the queen of Valle d'Aosta products. You will be able to recognise it by its sweet flavour and straw-yellow colour, paler in the cheeses produced in winter, when the cows are fed with hay, and deeper in summer production. These are followed by delicacies such as Gressoney toma cheese, salignon, reblec, brossa, seras and goat cheeses, each with its own story to tell. Listen and taste them all. Go on to classics such as Valdostana-style chops, polenta concia and ”soupe valpellineintze” (Valpellina-style soup); venison, chamois in salmì (in “civet”), trout, “carbonade”, a beef stew, and fondue, a single dish made with cheese, melted in a dedicated pot, to be consumed hot, are also excellent. Enjoy sausages, such as Vallee d'Aoste jambon de Bosses, a specially matured ham, Boudin with a refined taste, Saouseusse, seasoned minced meat, Lard d'Arnad, soft lard, Teuteun, salted beef udder, Motzetta, aromatic dried meat. The Alpine microclimate is the joy of apples, which develop intense flavours here. Try the Red and Gold delicious, Jonagold and Renetta: raw or cooked, they are sweet and versatile, the basis of smoothies, sweet or savoury jams, to be served with fine dishes. Last but not least, desserts and wines. For the first courses, try the tegole, torcettini - typical regional biscuits - and the blanc manger alla valdostana with cream; for the second courses, place of honour to all, such as the whites Muller-Thurgau and Pinot noir (vinified in white) and the reds Pinot noir, Gamay, Torrette, Nus Rouge. Had too much to eat? Here's a shot of Genepì, a digestive made from alpine herbs, artemisia.

A Glimpse of the Wonders of Italian Winter

If it's true that each season adorns our beautiful Peninsula with uniqueness, winter certainly drapes our cities and mountains in an enchanted blanket that immerses us in a fairy tale. With its soft whiteness, the snow makes landscapes gentle and welcomes our steps in an enveloping silence.

An atmosphere that becomes even more magical during the holidays.

Choose the location you prefer and enjoy a glimpse into breathtaking landscapes, charming Christmas markets, and stunning ski slopes.



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