Contrary to popular belief, Italy is still a wonderful holiday destination during the winter months. Typically, summer lasts from June to September, after which the weather cools and the thrum of tourists return home. However, there is still plenty to see and do during the autumn and winter months from October to May. Allow us to introduce you to 5 amazing places to spend winter in Italy:
Move over France and Switzerland – Italy’s Lombardy region is gaining ground as a top ski destination, and for good reason. With fewer visitors and an excellent snowfall record, the crisp slopes of Livigno are a prime location for international skiing holidays. Wide pistes ensure an optimum environment for snowboarders, in particular. The slopes are a combination of 12 black, 37 red, and 29 blue runs so there are ample options for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Visit between November and April for the best powder conditions.
For a longer getaway, combine your ski experience with some quality time in Lake Como. Also situated in the Lombardy Region, Como can be found just a few hours south-west of Livigno. Although Lake Como is lauded as a summer destination, there is also something incredibly special about staying in a private villa during the winter months. Discover the picturesque towns that adorn its banks or embark on a water-based tour aboard a luxury Riva Boat.
The Dolomites in autumn can only be described as otherworldly. Rows upon rows of larch trees change from a rich green to golden brown, the air is crisp and there are fewer people. This is also the prime season for photography, as the alpine glow transitions to a warm orange and rosy pink hue during this period.
In winter, the magnificent peaks of the Dolomite Mountains provide a wonderful playground for skiing, snowboarding and a variety of outdoor winter activities. If that isn’t reason enough, the Dolomites are also home to a past Olympic venue and the number one ski resort in the world. If winter sports aren’t your only interest, the region also offers rejuvenating thermal springs.
The country’s capital should definitely feature on your list for an off-season holiday in Italy. Rome is arguably the most visited city in Italy, making it a vibrant, but packed destination during peak season. Fortunately, winter in Rome is a wonderful chance to explore all the must-see sights without competing for a view. December is a particularly special time to visit as the city comes alive with twinkling Christmas lights.
Tuscany’s vineyards and lush, rolling hills are no less beautiful during the winter months, and are arguably even more striking as the leaves turn in autumn. More importantly, what could be better than an exclusive cooking class by a warm fire, or a private wine tasting tour in Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino? Soak up the views accompanied by a warming glass of red wine and explore each quaint town at your leisure. Additionally, why not try a sublime white truffle hunting experience between October and January?
Much like Rome, one of the major perks to an off-season tour of Venice is the peace and quiet. It is also a prime destination for a romantic escape. Explore the main island group of Venice, as well as the smaller surrounding groups such as Murano and Burano. No matter how cool the weather, nothing can compare to cuddling up under a blanket in a gondola for a tour of the city’s intricate canal network. Discover the best things to do in Venice by reading our latest blog.