When you opt to enjoy vacation experiences in Italy during winter you’ll find the combination of frosty outdoor adventure mixes particularly well with the warm hospitality that Italians are known for around the globe.
Ski season in the spectacular Dolomite Mountains usually runs from late November through till April. There are several fantastic ski hills here as well as charming alpine villages nestled in the Dolomites, which themselves are one of several World Heritage sites in Italy.
Perhaps the best known ski resort is Cortina, the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics, with its internationally celebrated slopes and eclectic mix of world-class shops and eateries. Film enthusiasts will perhaps remember it well as the ski slope featured in both the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only in 1981 and the comedy classic The Pink Panther in 1963.
There are many opportunities to explore the small mountain communities here or enjoy other outdoor activities such as hiking, skating, sledding, or cross-country skiing (while you soak in the awe-inspiring view!). After a day out enjoying frosty fun, you can warm up with a piping hot plate of delicious pasta, or try sampling some of Italy’s diverse regional cuisine.
You don’t have to be a downhill skier to enjoy a mountain escape to Italy! There are secrets of the Dolomite Mountains to discover year round. If you book soon, our Small Group Dolomites and Cortina Trip is available at special offer pricing.
Rome is another wonderful winter destination, notably because of the many benefits and savings when you travel to Italy during the off-season. Here in the Eternal City the off-season is the one time of year that you won’t face long line-ups at the many heritage sites, monuments, and museums, such as the the ruins of Ancient Rome or the Vatican’s glorious Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michelangelo.
Each year in Rome there are a few outdoor skating rinks open for locals and visitors to enjoy, the most popular of which is usually opened between the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Tiber River. This year the ice rink known as Grinzing Village opened before Christmas and will be operating until January 24, 2016 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica - Via Pietro de Coubertin 30-00196 Rome. You can see photos and even video clips of smiling skaters and learn more about this winter tradition in Rome on the Grinzing Village Facebook page.
The restaurants in Rome will be serving up seasonal pasta dishes to warm you up, such as the favourite pasta e ceci, which is pasta with chickpeas, or homemade, hearty soups. In addition to indulging in Italian comfort foods, visitors to Rome can also enjoy a delicious cup of authentic Italian coffee or a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Another way to warm up in winter in Italy is to enjoy one or more of our unique Italy wine and food tours. Avventure Bellissime has designed several different wine tours to explore the various - and internationally celebrated - wine regions in Italy.
Learning more about Italian wine (paired of course with delicious Italian food!) is entertaining and enjoyable for those without any experience with wine and knowledgeable wine enthusiasts alike. Our carefully curated Italy wine tours and vacation experiences are popular any time of year.
Ready to warm up in Italy this winter? Come enjoy la bella vita (the good life!) during the off-season: Visit Avventure Bellissime online now to build your very own fall and winter Italy vacation packages.