Close your eyes and try to imagine a white snowy trail with small chalets on both sides, people with hats with pompoms eating gingerbread, trees covered with lights and colored balls Santa Claus and some humming and shaking a bell. If you reopen them and you really see all of this, you’ve ended up in Trentino Alto Adige.Italian bulwark close to the border with Austria and Switzerland, Trentino Alto Adige is a winter paradise, a virtuous land that lies somewhere between the colorful South-Tyrolean folklore and the broad socio-cultural tradition of the province of Trento. It collects memorable places, idyll of lovers of high mountains and lovers of the white week, and confirms a cosmopolitan place as a geographical meeting point of very different languages and cultures.
It clings to one of the most famous mountain ranges between skiers and winter sports enthusiasts: the wild Dolomites. A favorite destination for tourists from around the world for at least a few centuries, Trentino Alto Adige at Christmas time becomes even more fairytale as it hosts the famous and much-loved Christmas markets.
1. MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO
Officially it has just over 800 inhabitants, but with 150 km of slopes and about 60 ski lifts, Madonna di Campiglio is the reference point for skiers from all over Italy. This picturesque town in the province of Trento were played different races slalom of the Alpine Ski World Cup. It was here in 1967 that the first edition of this famous sporting event took place, which made the 3-Tre track famous, on which the 3 Gare del Trentino, one of the oldest ski races in Europe, took place.
Do not miss the Hapsburg Carnival, a cultural event that includes re-enactments in costume from the Hapsburg period and a series of exhibitions, conferences and meetings on court life in the times of the emperors.
Peio is completely immersed in the Stelvio National Park and is the starting point for itineraries and excursions in the park itself, one of the oldest in Italy. The most suggestive (and demanding) walks reach the most beautiful peaks of the area, such as the Cevedale, the Palon de la Mare and Vioz. If you are an expert mountaineering expert, join the hike groups at the Punta Taviela up to 3600 meters.
This small village of Mezzana is surrounded by the splendid scenery of the Brenta Dolomites, in the Val di Sole. On the banks of the Noce rests Marilleva 900. Through the telecabine system, you climb up to Marilleva 1400. The extensive and complex system of ski slopes and ski lifts connects with Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo. It is a true paradise for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, but especially for families, given the presence of Marillandia, a park equipped for the teaching of skiing dedicated to children.
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Hikers, high-altitude cyclists and skiers from all over Europe populate the winter seasons of this little snowy eden to venture on the roads, paths and slopes of the Sellaronda, a spectacular route unique in the world that runs around the Sella Dolomites. Take the slopes with different levels of difficulty, take part in the numerous trekking groups or admire the snowboarding acrobatics. Technological lifts and luxurious accommodation facilities make this place an exclusive and very popular destination, an ideal stop for a mountain holiday.
5. ALPE DI SIUSI
The tourist facilities have not compromised the authenticity of this extraordinary plateau, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view that embraces some of the most beautiful peaks of northern Italy, such as the Sass de Putia, the Catinaccio and the Scillar. We are in the heart of the Scillar Natural Park : the green expanses dotted with villages maintain a timeless charm far from the hustle of tourism. The rhythm of everyday life slows down and adapts to the fresh breath of mountain breezes: let yourself be accompanied on a Haflinger pony along postcard paths and endless prairies.
The theater of the massacre of Malga Zonta during the years of the Partisan Resistance, Folgaria is the starting point of an unusual historical route of trekking along the traces of the Great War: the Path of Peace. It is home to one of the most famous ski areas in Europe, with about 80 km of ski slopes of the Forti dedicated to downhill skiing and modern ski lifts.
For lovers of tranquility, there are numerous paths for snowshoeing. It is a particularly suitable resort for families, thanks to the many sporting and recreational events designed specifically for smaller tourists.
BEYOND SKIING: TRENTO
Like many other Italian regions, Trentino Alto-Adige also has an artistic and cultural treasure of great interest. If you decide to take a break from skiing and sledding, it is worth a visit to Trento. Famous for its multi-ethnic university, the capital of Trentino-Alto Adige is a cosmopolitan and international city, one of the best in Italy for the quality of the environment and life.
Piazza Duomo is its cultural and social center: drink a spritz sitting on the Fountain of Neptune while enjoying the view of the Cathedral of San Virgilio; or explore the fascinating Castle of Buonconsiglio, a complex of buildings enclosed by walls, set in a slightly elevated position compared to the rest of the city, for about five centuries the residence of the bishop princes of Trento.
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