Best Winter Destinations in Italy

There’s nothing better than having something to look forward to, and while summer is still in full swing, we thought we’d share what’s on the menu this winter so you’re prepared for the next season of travel. From snowy peaks to sleepy beach towns, Italy in winter has a certain magic to it with its misty mornings and reduced foot traffic. We’ve gathered up the best winter destinations in Italy and what they have to offer, so whether you’re looking for a white Christmas or a quiet city break, we’ve got what you need.


Home to the first ever chairlift in Italy, Corvara has become one of the world’s best skiing destinations on offer. Located in the Alta Badia region, the quaint town boasts panoramic views, epic winter trekking opportunities and is home to some impressive summits like the Marmolada Glacier, the highest peak of the Dolomites. The natural beauty of the region is unparalleled and there’s no feeling quite like waking up at the foot of the mighty mountain range.


Some argue that the winter is the best time to visit the picturesque city of Palermo and Sicily in general. The winter months offer cooler temperatures and less of a crowd. While many of the seaside spots that the city is known for close up for the winter, visiting at this time is an incredible way to see another side to this popular destination. We personally love a winter seaside escape and Siciliy’s southern location means you’ll enjoy crisp and sunny days. Imagine experiencing the beauty of Taormina’s famous Isola Bella without having to fight a crowd.


A gem of Northern Italy, the town of Cortina is situated at the foot of the southern Alps along the Boite river. Ideal if you’re looking to take to the slopes by day, and sample some of Italy’s finest cuisine by night, Cortina is well-known for both its selection of winter sports activities, and its impressive array of top class restaurants, exclusive boutiques and luxurious resorts. A trip to Cortina is one of the best winter destinations in Italy for anyone looking for a VIP experience both on and off the slopes.


Nested at the foot of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is an Aosta village that will take your breath away. While the resort has a relatively small ski area, it has a challenging off piste and a ski history that rivals many other top spots in Europe. The Italian side of Mont Blanc is known to get more sunshine than its chilly French sister Chamonix, which means waking up to crisp blue skies and pristine snow. The cherry on top is the cosy Christmas markets over the festive season which take the magic of this hidden treasure to new heights.

Italy winter destinations


When considering a winter city break, Rome is often the top of our list. Without the crowds and the heat, it can feel like a completely different city. Soak up all the fascinating history without having to wait in line and find a seat in that special cosy cafe for your morning coffee with ease. The city functions as usual, with the addition of festive lights and markets, and it’s unique to experience it at a different pace.


There’s no better winter food than a saucy pasta and a full bodied glass of red wine and in our opinion that’s reason enough to book your next winter trip to Italy. Get in touch with us today for your very own custom itinerary so you can focus on what really matters.