When we think of Italy we think of the most famous cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice, of the hilly Tuscan landscapes and the Mediterranean waters. But have you ever considered Italy for a winter vacation spent skiing, exploring the glorious surroundings, and savoring local food? Did you know that you can actually ski in Sicily? From the Alps and...

Italy's Sofia Goggia clinched this season's downhill skiing World Cup on Wednesday when the last two races of the season at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, were cancelled due to bad weather. Her triumph is remarkable as she missed a huge chunk of the season after injuring her knee in a freak accident at the end of January. Goggia, who won four downhills...

The Olympic downhill champion. The overall World Cup champion. And the recently crowned parallel co-world champion. All on the same team. Sofia Goggia, Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino have won so much recently that the rest of the skiing circuit has taken notice — and not just because of the Italians’ results. It’s more about how the results ha...

In our family, we ski mainly to eat. And, judging by the hordes of people elbowing themselves into the buffet line come 1 p.m. in every “rifugio” (Alpine lodge) in the Italian Dolomites, that seems to be the case for many of those who partake in the great Italian tradition of the “settimana bianca” (“white week”, or week-long ski holiday).  Our day...

When I told my family of lifelong skiers I was off on a trip to the 3 Zinnen Dolomites (also known as the 3 Peaks Dolomites), none of them had ever heard of it. Yet, it is only a couple of hours' drive from South Tyrol favourite Val Gardena, where I remember completing the 26km Sellaronda ski circuit with them when I was seven. The skiing area I wa...

Those looking for ideas and inspiration for the top resorts for skiing in Italy have a wide interesting range of options in front of them: along the Alpine range there are some of the top-end ski slopes in the world, many glamourous ski resorts, high-end hotels and spa facilities, gourmet lodges and every kind of outdoor activity for grown-ups and...

Italy, bathed almost everywhere by the sea, is also rich in mountains. Just think of the Alps, the Dolomites, the Apennines and the many other mountain ranges scattered throughout the peninsula. And Italians have always had a good relationship with the mountains. From the great mountaineers, such as the legendary Ardito Desio and Walter Bonatti, to...

The package that Italian skier Federica Brignone anxiously awaited while in isolation wasn’t from Amazon or the local supermarket. Amid a worldwide suspension of sports events because of the coronavirus pandemic, the heavy trunk held something every bit as precious: trophies honoring a season full of racing and emotions. The special delivery late l...

Amid drastic restrictions on everyday life in Italy, Federica Brignone’s overall World Cup skiing title provided a rare moment to rejoice for her fellow citizens.Never mind the fact that Brignone clinched the coveted large crystal globe when the circuit was cut short due to the spread of the virus outbreak — preventing a possible comeback from Amer...

Pink clouds like candyfloss float above as we bump along in our snowmobile past quaint wooden chalets with smoke billowing from their chimneys. It’s that bewitching time of day in the Dolomites. They call it enrosadira (or alpenglow) and it’s when the mountains glow pinky red. Geologists believe the explanation lies in the unusual composition of ca...