JET SET EXPERIENCES: The Italian Dolomites

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The Italian Alps, as we know them, were formed over 65 million years ago.  Just two hours north of the Venice airport lies a Unesco Natural World Heritage site:  the Dolomites.  This breathtaking landscape spans 90,000 acres with soaring peaks, sheer rock faces, and lush valleys, which cater perfectly to those that hike, bike, snowshoe, rock climb or ski.  And you can leave your trail-mix at home. The fusion of Italian and Austrian cultures has produced world-class wine and cuisine from Michelin starred chefs that delight the most sophisticated palate.  

Escape to Cortina (home of the 1956 winter Olympics) this February for the winter polo matches where participants compete on horseback on a field of fresh snow.  Thereafter, traverse the backcountry with your private guide and ski from hut-to-hut (mountain rifugios) on untouched off-piste terrain. When you’re ready for groomers, select from one of 12 ski resorts nearby. Conclude your adventure in costume for Carnival in Venice where you’ll apres all day.  This annual festival takes places from February 11-28, 2017. 

To plan your Italian Alpine extravaganza, please contact Jill Taylor.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Undiscovered Italy

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To add spice to a tour of Italy, considering some sites off the beaten path can present some highly satisfying visual and gastronomic rewards.

Wine connoisseurs will especially enjoy the Piemonte, located just an hour south of Milan, which offers an abundant variety of Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is known as the “slow food” capital of the world. The hilltop towns remind one of Tuscany, but without the tourist crowds. A stop in Alba, the home of the white truffle (and the festivals that celebrate this delicacy), is not to be missed.

En route south towards Florence, food enthusiasts should sojourn in Emilia-Romagna, home of Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, tortellini and much more.  Bologna, a high-energy university city with Michelin-starred restaurants as well as a variety of local food markets, makes an ideal base from which to taste your way across the city sampling the local meats and cheeses. A proper balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena will forever change the way you eat ice cream or strawberries in the future.

Puglia, the region forming the heel of Italy’s boot, is the birthplace of burrata, the mozzarella and cream concoction which has become such a culinary rage. Blue seas, quaint beaches and a simple approach to life there make for a most relaxing visit amidst the architecture of the Trulli houses and rows and rows of olive groves producing Italy’s finest olive oils.

These destinations can be easily be added to any itinerary and often end up as a highlight of the vacation.

To start planning your undiscovered Italian adventure please contact Jill Taylor.

 

JETSET EXPERIENCES: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

 

A UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, the Dolomite mountains are one of the most unique and breathtakingly beautiful alpine regions in the world.  Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, home of the 1956 Winter Olympics, is uniquely located at the base of these majestic mountains and is known as one of the best ski resort in the Alps.  It is a mix of modern day adventure, fashion and Italian lifestyle, sure to please even the most discerning traveler.

While the center of town is nestled in an old Italian village with plenty of charm, there have been many modern upgrades to the accommodations, including Grand Hotel Savoia.  Featuring contemporary mountain design and an exquisite spa, you can spend your days exploring the great outdoors literally surrounding you and return to the hotel for some much needed rest and relaxation.

Cortina is the ultimate destination for families or groups with varying skiing ability.  Offering a variety of slopes, and even more slope-side dining options, don’t miss an opportunity to embrace the local fare with dinner atop the mountain in a local refugio, and burn off the cheese and grappa with a late-night ski (illuminated by snowmobile) back down to the village.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to explore the Dolomites in Italy, add it to your bucket list – you will not be disappointed.  For more information on booking your summer or winter holiday contact Lindsey Woodcock, Lindsey@jetsetworldtravel.com.