Italy is a land of contrasts. Contrary to the popular misconception that it is better to travel along the country in summer, in the mountainous part of the Apennine peninsula there are a lot of resort towns that will surely please all the admirers of winter sports. The most famous of them among tourists are Cortina d'Ampezzo, Madonna di Campiglio and Val Gardena.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is one of the most popular mountain resorts in Italy. It is a small town situated in the north of the country and spread out in the foothills of the Alps at an altitude of about 1200 meters above sea level. It is fully transformed in winter when some tens of thousands of tourists - lovers of alpine skiing and snowboarding – are coming here.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is justly considered the queen of mountain Italy. In this amazing place, all the components necessary for the birth of a unique resort have joined together: the charm of the Dolomites, the rich cultural heritage, famous Olympic facilities and original traditions of the local population. That is why a small settlement year after year attracts the world elite, gradually becoming a privileged place of rest.
For fans of winter sports there are trails of various levels complexity and their length is more than 140 km, there is a theme fan-parkas well.
In between the ski slopes and lifts, tourists are happy to learn about the history of Cortina, which is more than 6 centuries old. The most popular tours among the resort guests are tours to the places of the Olympics-1956 and sights dedicated to the events of the world wars of XX century.
Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna Di Campiglio is another pearl of Italy, where inexperienced travelers can enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and also enjoy the views of the mountain peaks of the dolomite rock. Incredibly beautiful place is located on the territory of the natural reserve of Adamello-Brenta, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The resort welcomes guests all year round, but the main season starts here from December 23 and lasts until April 14. Most tourists note the high level of service and quality conditions for practicing all kinds of sports.
If in addition to sports, you are also a fan of social life, then you will probably like to visit the resort in the second half of February, because it is the time when famous Habsburg Festival is held in Madonna di Campiglio. This cultural event is dedicated to a significant visit of the Emperor of Austria-Hungary Franz Joseph and his wife Princess Sissi to the city at the end of XIX century. The festival is celebrated on a grand scale: costume carnivals, balls to the accompaniment of Strauss's enchanting music, torchlight processions are arranged here during two weeks. This fairy event will not leave anyone indifferent and unimpressed.
Val Gardena Valley closes the top of the three leading ski resorts in Italy. It is nestled on the north-eastern slope of the Alps, in the province of South Tyrol. It is easy to get here from any place in Europe: modern highways provide good transport accessibility from Milan, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Geneva.
In addition to traditional ski activities, Val Gardena gives its visitors an opportunity to go in for climbing, trekking, horse riding, tubing and paragliding. Lovers of leisure and relax will appreciate the local spa salons and wellness centers. After a day spent on the mountain slopes, many people prefer shopping or a delicious dinner in one of the many restaurants in the resort.
Val Gardena infrastructure is striking with a high level of organization: the trails of various level complexity with the total length of more than 175 km are equipped with 82 lifts that conditionally divide the valley into three large resort areas.