Best Winter Holidays in Italy

With its varied regions stretching from sublime coastal resorts in the south to iconic ski resorts in the north, Italy has the diversity that really appeals for a winter holiday. Plus, Italy’s low season typically stretches through the winter months (November to March), making this time a particularly affordable period to enjoy Italy.

If you’re thinking about a winter holiday in Europe, here are some of our favourite Italy resorts that really come into their own during the colder months.

 

Ski Resorts

Of course, the most popular resorts in Italy during the winter months are its iconic ski resorts in the Aosta Valley and Trento-Alto Adige regions.

In the Aosta Valley region of the Italian Alps, our favourite resorts are Aosta and Courmayeur. Of these two, Aosta brings diverse cultures and influences, due to its proximity to the Italy–France–Switzerland border, offering architecture and cuisine quite different to other regions in Italy. We particularly love the Tour de Lepreux, Tour du Pailleron and Tour du Baillage towers. Aosta also offers glorious mountain scenery and a range of ski slopes, including nursery slopes for beginners, making Aosta an excellent choice for a ski holiday in Italy no matter what your level of ability.

Courmayeur, meanwhile, is one of Italy’s most famous ski resorts, with 24 modern ski-lifts (including cable cars and chairlifts), as well as downhill slopes, and off-piste and cross-country skiing in the Ferret Valley. Courmayeur also has snowmaking machines to ensure excellent snow conditions, making it a reliable choice for a ski holiday in Europe. The town is also full of cultural entertainment, including the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea, which is Europe’s highest botanical garden.

 

The Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes in the Lombardy region of Italy are a delight to visit at any time of the year, but the mountain backdrop set against the glistening waters of the lakes make this area particularly beautiful in the winter, when the snow-capped mountains create a magical atmosphere. Of the three main lakes, Lake Garda is the most popular thanks to its vibrant lake-side villages and variety of family-friendly activities, while Lake Maggiore and Lake Como are better choices for a more tranquil break.

 

Rome

The stunning architecture and archaeological treasures of Rome come into their own during the winter months, with famous landmarks, such as the Trevi Fountain, looking majestic set against the crisp winter skies. However, besides pretty city vistas, there is another reason why you may enjoy a winter holiday in Rome, as during the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, Rome’s Stadio Olimpico hosts Italy’s home games, making a rugby weekend a particularly vibrant time to visit the city. In 2018, Italy will be hosting England and Scotland – if you would like to find out more about our set 3-night package deals to the 6 Nations rugby in Rome, please click here.

 

Venice

In February, Venice hosts the iconic Carnevale festival – a time of great majesty and luxury in the Floating City. During the festival, there are many masked balls to enjoy, as well as theatre performances, street shows and food markets, making February a wonderful time to visit Venice and get a true grasp of the unique Venetian culture. If you would like to find out more about our packages to the Carnevale di Venezia, please click here.

In addition, thanks to Italy’s efficient rail network, you can easily visit other cities in the Veneto region from Venice, and we recommend combining a package to the Carnevale in Venice with a stay in the romantic city of Verona – it’s Roman amphitheatre looks simply magical lit up suggestively in the dark winter skies.

 

If you are thinking of a winter holiday in Italy and would like to find out more about our customised holidays, which are individually hand-crafted to your preferences, please call an expert member of our team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, please click here to send an online enquiry.

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