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Let yourself get carried away with excitement for all the popular snow and ice sports in Italy, alpine skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and more. If you are looking for an immersive experience in unspoiled nature, you may decide to go cross country skiing or to take long walks in snowshoes. To have fun with in company, all you need is a group sport: have you ever tried polo?

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The pearl of the Piedmontese Alps Located in the heart of Alta Val di Susa, Bardonecchia is a typical mountain resort that combines the charm of nature with the comforts of the city. Just 55 miles and an hour and a half’s drive from Turin, it’s the first town you come across after driving through the Frejus tunnel from France. Thanks to the international railway line Turin-Bardonecchia-Modane, it can also be reached by train. If you’re a fan of cross-country skiing and snowboarding, you’ll adore this resort. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you can find the right piste for you. For beginners, there’s Campo Smith: three loops totalling 18 miles. For intermediate and advanced skiers, Pian del Colle will keep you entertained. Finally, the most experienced and fittest winter sports fans can choose the very demanding 14-mile route connecting Sauze d’Oulx to the Valle Stretta di Bardonecchia. There’s also no shortage of things to do for those who prefer to hike or mountain-bike along paths, mule tracks and military roads from the valley floors to the mountain peaks, from 1300 to 3500 metres above sea level. One of the most impressive hikes is the one to Lago Verde, 6 miles from Bardonecchia: drive just over 5 miles to Grange di Valle Stretta, then continue on foot. You can then enjoy a walk of about 45 minutes, with 100 metres of ascent, before you reach the crystal-clear waters of the lake, surrounded by rocks and fir trees.

Alta Badia

In Alta Badia, where skiing is a historic tradition Reaching Alta Badia in winter means reaching the heart of the legendary Dolomites, where the slopes are superbly equipped and the landscape will take your breath away. Holidays are perfect for the whole family in this part of South Tyrol, and those who love skiing will have plenty to enjoy. The ski area gives access to the Sellaronda circuit or the four-pass tour around the rocky Sella Massif. Try skiing for entire days without ever repeating the same slope, it is quite exhilarating. Sun, refuges and so many alternatives for fun Alta Badia enjoys a privileged position within the large ski area known as Dolomiti Superski, between Colfosco, Corvara and La Val. It has 130 kilometres of ski slopes, 53 ski lifts, one snow park with three different levels of difficulty, 30 kilometres of cross-country ski runs and toboggan runs. Try a night hike for an unforgettable experience in the snow. Alta Badia on skis: some info The slopes in this area are located between 1,300 and 2,778 metres above sea level and the snow is always monitored and present from November to April. Although the ski resort is very modern and well-equipped, its history goes far back. Skiing has been a traditional sport here ever since the first Italian chairlift was built in 1947, the Col Alto in Corvara. Everything has changed since then, with considerably smaller wait times, as well as fewer crowds on the slopes. The lifts are served by modern cable cars, chairlifts and ski lifts, making it one of the best equipped and most efficient ski areas in the industry. A favourite destination for skiers Skiing in Alta Badia is designed for everyone, both adults and children alike, but experienced skiers choose it more than anyone else because it is the premier destination for a mountain holiday. The first winter tourists had already begun to come here in the years following the First World War, seeking refuge and relaxation. The first ski school was founded in Corvara in the 1930s and the first ski lift was built at Col Alto in 1938, a sled track. Alta Badia in summer When the snow melts in Alta Badia, it gives way to incredible landscapes and a mild, pleasant climate. The ski lifts become the starting point for pleasant hikes, high-altitude trekking and mountain-bike trails. The icing on the cake is the silence and tranquillity of the forests that will turn your summer holiday into a true retreat. With quite a diverse offer, if you think you might grow bored here, we assure you that you’re mistaken. From rock climbing to horseback riding, from paragliding to fishing, from Nordic walking to relaxing in one of the valley's spas: every day in Alta Badia will be a new discovery. Yes, even in summer.

Alpe di Siusi

Val Gardena and Seiser Alm: family-friendly holidays amidst dream-like panoramas Winter sports enthusiasts, families with children and, above all, the world's skiing elite: just a single glance and everyone falls in love with Val Gardena and its landscapes framed by mountains. Wearing boots and skis in this beautiful location has a unique flavour. And its slopes are directly connected to Seiser Alm, the largest plateau in Europe. Skiing in one of the world's best destinations Val Gardena is part of the so-called Dolomiti Superski, the world's largest ski area. Experienced skiers will find long, challenging slopes here, while those with less practice can easily choose shorter, easier routes. Are you an adrenaline junkie? Try the Saslong, one of the most classic slopes of the Alpine Ski World Championships today. A ski resort with big numbers With 175 kilometres of alpine ski runs and 133 kilometres of cross-country ski trails divided between the towns of Selva di Val Gardena, Santa Cristina and Ortisei, there is nothing but fun to be had in Val Gardena. Unmissable? The Sellaronda circuit, the most famous and popular ski circuit in the Dolomites. Featuring 40 kilometres of wonderfully groomed ski slopes, it connects four of the Ladin valleys that surround the imposing Sella Massif. If you choose to take this circuit, you will ski for an entire day without ever repeating a run. Sheer paradise. An adventure amidst snow and mountains If you feel like taking off your skis for a rest between one slope and another, we suggest visiting the centre of Castelrotto, The old village is home to an imposing Baroque bell tower dominating the town’s centre. For those in the mood for some shopping, we instead suggest the pedestrian centre of Ortisei,full of delightful shops. From Ortisei, you can get back on the snow by reaching the best family ski area in South Tyrol: Seiser Alm, with its 60 kilometres of groomed slopes. To the south is the Ciampinoi area famous for the 1970 World Championships, descending to Selva di Val Gardena, Santa Cristina and Plan de Gralba. Val Gardena and fun Fun is guaranteed in Val Gardena and Seiser Alm, and not only for winter sports enthusiasts. This area is full of refuges where you can enjoy excellent local cuisine. Its gastronomic specialities have been handed down from generation to generation, fully exploiting basic ingredients. The specialities include Crafuncins, ravioli filled with spinach, and Puessl, a sweet spiced omelette, as well as the indispensable South Tyrolean speck. Val Gardena, paradise in every season And if you think that winter is the only time of year to book a break in Val Gardena - Sesier Alm, you are quite mistaken. Whether it is summer or autumn, you can enjoy a perfect mini-family holiday full of relaxation and harmony here. The offer is quite varied and full of opportunities that can satisfy every whim. What’s more, its wonderful child-friendly family hotels and romantic chalets make it a destination like no other.
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Merano, of art nouveau and contemporary design In the footsteps of Sissi But let the beloved empress guide you along Merano's most famous themed path, which bears her name. The three-kilometre-long Sissi Trail connects the city centre with the prestigious Trauttmansdorff Castle, via highlights and vantage points. It starts from the Kurhaus, the Art Nouveau masterpiece palace and symbol of the city, and leads through the shady stretch of the Parco Elisabetta and the Roman bridge over the Passirio, the oldest bridge in the city, to the Hotel Bavaria, another Art Nouveau gem, and to Rottenstein Castle, where Sissi was a guest of her brother-in-law, Archduke Karl Ludwig. And then on to Pienzenau Castle, a jewel tucked away in a park of centuries-old cedars and pines, and finally to Trauttmansdorff Castle, the empress's official residence during her health treatments in Merano, where she occupied the entire top floor. Garden City With its extraordinary variety of flowers and plants, the garden of Trauttmansdorff Castle symbolises the green soul of Merano, which has earned the name “garden city” because of its large parks and beautiful flowering promenades, the result of a favourable interaction between Alpine and Mediterranean climates. Botanical species from all over the world, from 80 different ecosystems, can be found here. Merano 2000, the sportsman's paradise on the roof of the city From Merano it is just a cable car ride to Merano 2000, in Avelengo, the sunny terrace of the city, a panoramic plateau with a large ski and hiking area. In the summer it serves as a base for hiking and mountain biking excursions, and in the winter it is criss-crossed by 40 kilometres of alpine ski slopes, most of which are covered in artificial snow, a snow park, two toboggan runs, one of which is one kilometre long, and two tracks for cross-country skiers. For experienced skiers, we also recommend the Val Senales glacier skiing area, with slopes that start at over 3,000 metres and are mostly black runs. Ötzi Glacier Tour And it is precisely from Maso Corto, the last village in the Schnals Valley, that the guided Ötzi Glacier Tour starts. It leads to the site of the discovery of the Similaun mummy, the so-called “Iceman”, who has lain on the Schnals Valley glacier for more than 5,000 years. It is a tour either by foot or on skis up to the Giogo di Tisa, at 3210 metres, the terminus of a demanding but exciting crossing, involving a roped party and some rock passages secured by wire ropes, which is recommended for both mountain lovers and history and archaeology enthusiasts. Caution: you must be in good physical shape, have good stamina, experience and the proper equipment. As always, before a hike, enquire locally about the conditions of the route.
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