As every year since 2012, World Snow Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of January. Sponsored by the International Ski Federation, the event aims to promote skiing and snowboarding, which have declined among all winter sports in recent years. Therefore, the initiative is aimed at reversing this negative trend and bringing people closer to snow-r...

The Pile Dwellings around the Alps represent the remains of prehistoric human settlements in the Alpine and subalpine regions. It is a trans-European site covering an extensive area of six countries. These extraordinary ancient remains are located in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. A total of 111 sites attest to settlemen...

Century-old pine trees that line my path hunch over, their branches weighed down by a heavy dusting of snow. In front of me, the sun is piercing through an opening. Climbing this trail with chunky “snowshoes”, like tennis rackets, strapped to my feet is tough work, but the breathtaking views of Italy’s white-tipped Dolomites that await make the eff...

The Dolomites are undoubtedly one of the most spectacular naturalistic places you can visit in Italy. They are located in Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige. This Italian location represents an exceptional place both from a geological-naturalistic point of view and a touristic one, thanks to essential ski resorts and towns that l...

In a land of borders and clashing identity, there are many sites, symbols, and written traces of fascist heritage that are still perceived as controversial and divisive in South Tyrol, the autonomous alpine region that sits between Italy and Austria. One is the Italian name itself, Alto Adige. But these traces also include the barracks that recall...

Zelten, a sweet bread made from dried fruit, is a telltale sign of Christmas in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Derived from the German word "selten" which means "sometimes," zelten originated as a winter cake. While dried fruit is now available year-round now, it used to only be accessible during winter.  Quintessential "mountain cuisine," zelt...

Christmas markets, light shows and old traditions: all across Italy there are many events planned for the Christmas and New Year period: here we have chosen the most interesting suggestions for you. The very first traditional Christmas markets date back to around the 14th century in Germany and Alsace and then spread along the Alps, including Italy...

One of the main traditions of the Christmas holidays is that of Northern Italy’s Christmas markets. These can be found everywhere in Italy and there are some that stand out for their longevity and beauty. Here you can find artisanal and gastronomic products perfect to gift someone on Christmas. Here a selection of the cutest Christmas markets in No...

Since 2003 the General Assembly of the United Nations has instituted the International Mountains Day, lest we forget that even these imposing, eternal wonders of nature, now more than ever, must be guarded and protected. Italy is home to some of the most important peaks in Europe, immense resources of biodiversity, beauty and culture. These complex...

Italy’s Val Gardena is a spectacular choice for a vacation in the snow. When it comes to skiing, hiking and exploring nature, it is unparalleled. Nestled in the UNESCO-protected Dolomite mountains, it’s one of the most famous places in Italy and Europe as a winter resort. This lovely alpine valley is the perfect place to get moving in the snow or r...