Luxury in Alps (Italy): Mountainering the Italian way
The Italian Alps, where four languages are spoken and cultures meet, is home to some of the country's most spectacular scenery. It is loved by mountaineers who go up in summer to almost inaccessible paths and by nature-lovers who can explore the parks. Families and children can enjoy the wonderful Italian hospitality in the myriad villages, have fun in the intelligently designed leisure facilities and savour the splendid cuisine. In summer, colourful flower blossoms carpet the meadows. Travellers on foot behold the ancient limestone peaks as they stroll past farmhouses, tiny villages, and domed churches. Along the way, they can unwind at spas nestled in the foothills, sample trans-Alpine cuisine from risotto to apfelstrudel, and sleep peacefully under fluffy duvets in elegant mountain hotels. Lake Garda, ideal for fishing, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, and yachting, has long attracted writers and thinkers. Goethe, Thomas Mann, and Sigmund Freud all holidayed here. We offer luxury rental chalets and apartments on a catered and self- catered basis.
Access to the Italian Alps is remarkably easy, particularly through the international airport at Milan or Verona or Venice. One can drive from any of these airports in under a few hours to all of the adventure sites in northern Italy, from the beaches to the Alps, to the Dolomites. The city of Bolzano, ringed by ancient castles, offers insights into the Dolomites' rich history as well as its sophisticated pleasures. Val Gardena, another summer retreat of kings and emperors, is located in a valley where flame-hued sunsets illuminate the mountains that overlook the town. In this secluded spot visitors can take cooking lessons to fully experience the gastronomy of the region. Head down to the resort of Sauze D'Oulx where nightlife is truly out of this world. Essentially every type of mountain activity is found in the mountains of northern Italy, such as hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, mountaineering and canyoning, and including rafting, biking, parasailing, hang gliding, sailing, and more typical sports.