Written by Mary Johnson
Italy is a vibrant and beautiful country, famous for the Colosseum, great food, and beautiful cities. One overlooked part of Italy is the Italian Alps, which just happens to be the perfect vacation spot for couples, families, adventurers, and the locals themselves. The Italians love their hidden gem so much that they welcome everyone to share their enthusiasm and love for it. To make things even better there is a new tunnel in the Alps, to make travel to Switzerland from Italy the easiest it’s ever been, meaning an extra day trip is definitely in the cards.
An Italian Alps Vacation: The Perfect Winter Desitnation
All About the Italian Alps
The whole range of mountains in Italy is split into two. Italian locals refer to the North West as the Valle d’Aosta, which are the Alps. In the Northeast, the Italians refer to this range as the Dolomites. Across the two of them, they offer spectacular ski resorts that cater to all abilities and types of skiing. You can snowboard, downhill ski, or do some cross-country. Also, if you enjoy a spot of hiking the Valle d’Aosta offers a picturesque view that will take your breath away. The Dolomites also offer panoramic trails but the Valle d’Aosta scenery is definitely the favorite amongst the tourists and the Italians.
Must-Visit Places During Your Italian Alps Vacation
There are so many fabulous places surrounding the Alps that are a must-see. Starting with the magical Lake Braies, this lake goes by different names like Lago di Braies and Lake Prags but they all mean the same incredible tourist destination. The lake itself is a natural body of water, a stunning geographical marvel of mother nature.
Lago Blue – The Blue Lake
There is also another famous lake on the border of Italy and Switzerland, Lago Blu, The Blue Lake. It is so named because the water is a magnificent blue and with Mount Cervino boasting 15,000 feet in the background, this lake is a once-in-a-lifetime view. This is the perfect romantic spot for couples and a naturally beautiful lesson in mother nature’s wonders for the whole family.
Santa Maddalena Village
Also, there is a lovely little village called Santa Maddalena, which has ski lifts directly from it to the Odle peaks of the Dolomites range. The village itself is a really interesting place to see and is famous for bacon…and who doesn’t love bacon? There are also opportunities to go horseback riding in the snow and special architecture including a charming medieval church.
Wine & Dine in Piedmont
If you find yourself searching for a perfect little slice of serenity then visit Piedmont. Bordering France and Switzerland this Italian region is known for its wine, especially its Barolo and food. The whole region looks like a glimpse from the past with beautiful Baroque architecture and beautiful scenery. Piedmont is a must-see.
The Best Food in the Italian Alps Region
In the Italian Alps, the most common food to come across is polenta. Polenta is corn-based and can be served in different ways depending on the season. The one thing that will not change is how much you will love each variation. Of course, for dessert, the best option is the apple-based dessert apfelstrudel, born in Austria but enhanced by the Italians it’s a must-have served with Italian vanilla gelato.
The Italian Alps are the ultimate Italian destination and an unforgettable experience just waiting to happen. Between the snow, mountains, wine, lakes, food, and activities, the Alps are often a forgotten, once-in-a-lifetime perfect slice of Italian heaven. Make sure to visit the most perfect winter vacation spot on the planet!
*Thank you so much for writing today’s post for me, Mary! I’m a little behind on posting this week as I have been spending a bit too much time getting our new furbaby settled in and snuggled.
Before you go, browse all of my travel posts from Italy here! You can also find my European travel posts here. Read all about a gorgeous winter in Moscow, what to pack for a winter vacation, or a 3-day itinerary for a winter trip to Moscow.