italian mountains
25 June 2018   •   Snap Italy

Italian mountains, the best places for a perfect trip

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«The Italian Mountains are a perfect destination for those who want to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.»

Italian mountains and fantastic destinations. Who doesn’t look for them and who, above all, would not want to spend a nice weekend there? Nothing could be simpler, because Italy is full of very attractive locations, especially during the winter season. From north to south, visitors are welcomed by beautiful landscapes with lakes, forests, gastronomy and villages rich in tradition and history, not to mention sports and relaxation. Much of the Italian mountain resorts, in fact, offers skiing, mountaineering, snowboarding, hiking, Nordic walking, mountain biking and the possibility of practicing skating, tennis or swimming.

Among the first places that host the most beautiful Italian mountains, we find Bormio, in Lombardy, located at 1,225 meters above sea level, in the heart of Alta Valtellina. Bormio allows you to experience the mountains in every season: during the cold seasons with skiing, while during the other seasons you can take long walks on foot or by bike. A fundamental characteristic of Bormio are the millenary thermal waters, known since ancient times and for their famous medical properties, which still attract many tourists, intrigued by the beauty of the city and the care that these waters offer. Today the sources of Bormio are classified as sulphate-alkaline-earthy mineral thermal waters and are indicated for numerous therapeutic applications.

Another popular destination among the Italian mountains is represented by Madonna di Campiglio, a village at 1550 meters above sea level surrounded by the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella. So many opportunities for recreation are offered by this beautiful place, number one among the Italian ski resorts and among the most important of the entire Alpine Arch. What distinguishes it is its Ski Area, which boasts 57 lifts along 150 km of slopes, 50,000 square meters of snow parks, 40 km for Nordic skiing and connection, skis, with Pinzolo and Folgarida – Marilleva. A little curiosity: in these places the empress Elisabeth of Austria spent a holiday period and was then joined by her husband, the emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph.

Moving further south, among the Italian mountains which cannot to be missed, and not far from the Strait of Messina, we find the Etna. It’s one of the highest volcanoes in the world, which became part of the Unesco’s World Heritage List in June 2013. An ideal place to practice downhill skiing and off-piste skiing, there are many routes that fans, even non-professionals, can discover. What makes the volcano so suggestive is the beauty of the views, the sea a few steps away and a variety of itineraries; at night, then, when the volcano is in activity, the view of Etna is particularly evocative: the impressive river of lava that flows slowly along the walls of the mountain and the gushes that come out to illuminate the sky, in fact, are one unique and unmissable show. Moreover, perhaps not everyone knows that in this land the Pistacchio Verde of Bronte is born.

To conclude, among the most beautiful Italian mountains, we find  Camigliatello, one of the most famous mountain resorts in southern Italy, close to the Sila National Park and equipped with cutting-edge facilities for downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Not only that: remarkable and top quality shelters and refreshment points. To conclude, here’s a small curiosity about Sila: women, or at least some of them, still practice the art of the under glass. The reference is to the very famous preserves, nowadays rarely used, while several years ago they were a vital need, especially in the mountains, where the hot season is always shorter. Moreover, in Camigliatello, even today, quite a few produce small quantities of saffron.

Argia Renda

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