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.