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Remember if you don't find quite what you are looking for you can always give us a call. We are ready to help you find your perfect alpine holiday. Or perhaps you might like to consider an alternative destination? For example have you considered Zell am See in Austria? - When hiring a ski chalet in Zell am See you will enjoy a real one off, this charming lakeside town has varied local slopes and a very worthwhile glacier option in nearby Kaprun. Take a look at the Zell am See accommodation on offer at our sister site zell-am-see-ski.co.uk. Or perhaps as a possible alternative suggestion how about Mayrhofen in Austria? - Chalets in Mayrhofen enjoy a large, lively resort with relatively reliable snow on local slopes and access to a nearby glacier. [Less]
Italy has it all: dazzling cliffs and famous World Cup-slopes in the Dolomites as well as powder snow paradises like for example in Livigno. Alpine hospitality and cosy mountain lodges are usually to be found in the southern Tyrolean ski regions - all that with a healthy dose of sunshine for free. Italy offers a perfect combination of gastronomy and sports!
Italy offers winter sports lovers fascinating ski areas, and in combination with the “Dolce Vita” gives it a very special allure. The largest connection of lift systems, the Dolomiti Superski, provides skiers and snowboarders with 1,200 kilometres of piste for riding pleasure. Numerous cosy lodges are ready to serve visitors a nice cappuccino, with which you can relax and enjoy the amazing Italian mountain scenery. Italy has been host the winter Olympics twice (Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956, Turin in 2006). Bormio, scene of the Alpine ski world cup in 1985 and 2005, is also internationally recognised. Further popular ski areas are Livigno with its duty-free shopping possibilities and the Sella Ronda, an alpenstock in the shape of a plateau in the Dolomites, is also a legendary trip for all ski fans.
Many people associate Italy with "dolce vita" - the sweet life is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Great wine and delicious food, as well as art and culture, boulevards through wonderful historic towns, lakes, castles, and gorgeous churches shape the image of the country. These associations are not random, as they are the factors that make a holiday in Italy unique.
The Italian towns with their Mediterranean flair attract a great variety of tourists. Milan, for example, is the capital of fashion and scores with its landmark, the Gothic cathedral. Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites, has many interesting museums on offer - the archaeological museum, for example, exhibits "Ötzi the Iceman". Bergamo is especially appreciated for its car-free historic centre, the Città Alta, located high up on a hill. Trento, on the other hand, is very well-known for its amazing architecture with frescos and colourful façades. The most famous sight is the Buonconsiglio Castle. In Verona, the home of the renowned opera festivals, a culture fan's heart will beat faster.
Furthermore, the numerous imposing buildings are always worth a visit. Especially impressing is the Bard Fortress. The identically-named village in the Aosta Valley has been used as a site of defence work to protect the border since the 6th century. Nowadays, the fortress houses the Alpine museum. Just as worth seeing are the Issogne Castle and the Fénis Castle in the Aosta Valley or the Arco Castle and the Scaliger Castle in Malcesine at Lake Garda. Especially interesting for children is the collection of knight's armour at the Chur Castle in the Vinschgau.
There are also many beautiful lakes in Italy. The most well-known is no doubt Lake Garda with its surrounding holiday resorts, such as the glamorous health resort Riva del Garda or Sirmione. Lake Como has even been visited by George Clooney. In this region, the metropolis Como or Bellagio - the "pearl of Lake Como" - with its grand villas, await. Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano complete the list.
Two other holiday themes that are of great importance in Italy are spa and automobile. Travellers looking to relax, will find their mecca in Merano, the centre of the South Tyrolean spa scene, or in the Acquarena in Brixen, a 12,000 m² big water, fitness, and spa world. Those who like it a little faster, can visit Turin or Monza. In Turin, the headquarters of the company Fiat, you will find the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and in Monza you can visit the the famous "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza" circuit.