Italian land and nature: Playing Golf in Italy
- WTI Magazine #111 Jan 19, 2019
For those dreaming of a golf vacation, Italy offers a number of itineraries that also include the best of wellness, cuisine and art. From north to south, in mountains or at sea, on the Peninsula and off, one can find a wide variety of greens set against spectacular backdrops, and characterized by significant cultural, artistic and enogastronomical histories.
Here there are approximately 300 9- and 18-hole courses, and almost all have amazing panoramic views and superior design (both technically and esthetically).
For who loves golf – the open ranges and direct contact with nature – cannot but remain enchanted by the various establishments throughout Italy. Greens immersed in the magnificent hilly environments of Tuscany, Umbria or
Emilia Romagna; framed by the Dolomite Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); in the Lombardy countryside; or looking at the sea in Sicily, Calabria or Apulia. Those seeking out art can find clubs and resorts near art cities like Rome or Venice.
In all 20 regions of the Bel Paese even the most passionate golfers can play the sport at its best. Not only, but an experimentation that combines golf and enogastronomy abounds. In fact, some structures have been realized in the middle of wine country – e.g. amidst the vines of Sicily’s Donnafugata, and Tuscany’s Valley of Montalcino. Besides the guaranteed gorgeous ambience, Italy’s golf resorts stand out for their comfort and family-friendliness: golf is for everybody, and the country’s leading courses are open for play to anyone above five years of age.
A majority of the resorts also contain spas/wellness centers, and are known the world over for the quality of their services.
A golf vacation is also highly-suited as a health vacation, perfect as a means to relax and regenerate while still fitting in some daily exercise. Taken in Italy, the additions of its visual beauties, artistic and architectural treasures, and the variety and incredible quality of its local tastes all make it easy to find exactly what one is looking for.
ITALIAN GOLF SHOW
Lovers of golf should mark their calendars for a trip to Verona, to attend the Italian Golf Show or Salone Italiano del Golf, held every February. Here, golfers can find almost anything: browse the club and company stands, practice your swing, and even get some tips on your technique.