While the Alps and the Dolomites are the most famous of Italy’s mountain ranges, they are not the only ones that both travellers and Italians frequent. There are a number of evocative mountain localities, ideal for visiting any time of year, whether summer or winter, offering incomparable landscapes from high mountain lakes and forests to delightful alpine villages steeped in tradition. There’s something for the sports enthusiast with skiing, hiking and biking or the more relaxing pursuits of a spa vacation. From the charming areas nestled in the Friulian Dolomites to the ski communities of Piedmont-Aosta Alps and Trentino-Alto Adige-Veneto mountains and valleys you’ll find world class ski resorts, many of which have hosted Alpine skiing championships as well as the Olympics.
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Further down along the Italian peninsula are the Tuscan-Emilian Appennines which are lesser known in America but still allow for some skiing and great hiking holidays. The Gran Sasso, highest point of the Appenines, is Rome’s playground and Mt. Etna in Sicily provides numerous outlets for adventurers and wine tasting on its slopes. Italy’s mountain retreats invite visitors to experience a wide array of cultural and outdoor activities for every season!
In the west, Piedmont and Aosta is where the Italian Alps begin, a region of spectacular natural beauty at charming Courmayeur and the nearby town of La Palud where the “E-ticket” five stage breathtaking ride by cable car across the Alps to France’s Mont Blanc begins. The Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso is a haven for nature lovers and has the largest, and highest, lake in Italy. Sestiere near the French border offers up world famous skiing as does Breuil-Cervinia near Switzerland’s Matterhorn.
Travel east into Trentino, the Alto Adige and the Veneto you’ll reach the Dolomites, jagged, surrealistic peaks and ice blue mountain lakes. Vast pine forests and emerald green pastures of the valleys below dotted with Alpine villages where German is spoken as often as Italian. The skiing is superb at Val Gardena or Cortina d’Ampezzo, both posh resorts with elegant shops and nightlife. In the summer months the Dolomites are favorites for hikers and climbers, hang gliders and biking enthusiasts.
Forming the spine of Italy the Apennine mountains are favorites with trekkers and bike riders who can escape the more congested throngs of sightseers and still have exceptional scenery and hospitality. From the the many castles that dot the forested landscape of Emilia-Romagna down to the cozy country inns with homey welcomes as far as Calabria the Apenines don’t disappoint nature lovers.
Fly fishing in Tuscan-Emilian Appenines
Dolomites Trentino, Italy
Colour of Lago di Sorapiss, Cortina d' Ampezzo
Cortina at Night
Ski resort Modonna di Campiglio, Italy
mountain lake in san pellegrino district
Mountain lake in Alps, Italy
Skyway Monte Bianco Alpine Courmayeur, Italy
Rhododendrons in bloom in Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy
Val Gardena Summer
Santa Cristina Val Gardena
Fenis Castle in Aosta Valley, Italy