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Val di Fassa, Italy

Val di Fassa, Italy

In the heart of the ancient Dolomites, surrounded by mountain peaks covered with eternal snow, there is a valley of fabulous beauty – Val di Fassa. The region includes 13 resort towns – each with its own history, its own characteristics and picturesque landscapes, ancient architecture and modern comfortable hotels, restaurants with varied cuisine and bars serving fine wine from the province of Trentino. 1,200 km of ski slopes, sparkling snowy slopes, dense green forests, emerald sun-drenched plains, clear lakes and fast-flowing rivers… Val di Fassa, an entire state with its own traditions and culture, is a real paradise for skiers and mountain lovers.

Information about the weather in the resort in the coming days: http://www.tr3ntino.it/en/weather-trentino.html

Val di Fassa is located in the heart of the Dolomites, in the northeastern part of the province of Trentino, on the border of the regions of Bolzano and Veneto.

Getting there
The nearest international airports are Bolzano (50 km), Verona (180 km), Venice (175 km).

Slopes, slopes, lifts

The Val di Fassa region has three main ski areas, each of which combines towns and adjacent slopes:
The first ski area includes the towns of Canazei (1460 m), Campitello (1460 m), Alba and Penia. This is the most prestigious and beautiful part of Val di Fassa, part of the famous carousel “Sella Ronda”, the length of the tracks here is 120 km. In addition to Val di Fassa, this includes three more resorts: Alta Badia, Arabba and Val Gardena.
The second skiing region combines the cities of Pozza di Fassa (1320m) and Vigo di Fasa (1390m), occupying a central position in the Fassa valley.
The third skiing region, Tre Vali, includes the resort towns of Moena and San Pellegrino, as well as the Alpe di Luzia, Passo San Pellegrino and Falcade valleys.
The variety of slopes of Val di Fassa allows you to ski for a week without ever repeating the route. 200 km of pistes (20% beginner, 70% intermediate, 10% expert) are located in the Faça valley alone. Beginners will enjoy the training slopes in Canazei, but most skiers will be happy that the bulk of the slopes in the valley are red. There are also many serious black slopes and beautiful off-piste slopes. The world famous carousel Sella Ronda passes through 4 passes and valleys of the region. You can ski here with the Dolomiti Super-ski ski pass, which gives you access to 38 ski centers in 11 valleys in the Dolomites.
All pistes are equipped with snow cannons, which guarantee perfect coverage of the slopes. You should definitely ski in the Arabba region (1636-2550 m), where there are black and red slopes for experienced skiers. Skiing on the Marmolada glacier (3340 m) – the famous peak of the Dolomites, covered with eternal snows – will also be unforgettable.
Above the towns of Pozza di Fassa and Vigo di Fassa, there is a skiing region of medium difficulty – Ciampedie. You can get there from Vigo di Fassa by cable car. In Pozza di Fassa there is a superbly lit night track, open 4 times a week.
The Alpe di Luzia area has excellent pistes that can be reached from the Ronchi station (10 minutes drive from the town of Moena). From here you can take the cable car to the Palais di San Martino and Civetta. The area is home to the Alpe Luzia ski carousel, which attracts intermediate skiers.
For snowboarders, there are 3 board parks and 3 halfpipes in the region.

Ski schools and kindergartens
Kindergartens, parks and mini-clubs from 18 months old are open in many towns of Val di Fassa (Alba di Canazei, Canazei, Pozza di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa, Moena, Passo San Pellegrino, etc.), they also work ski schools for children and adults.

Val di Fassa provides ample opportunities for all kinds of winter and all kinds of summer sports: mountain and flat skiing, snowboarding, skating, climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, paragliding, hiking trails, golf and much more. Also, many resorts have sports centers, swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts and other conditions for sports for every taste.

The most popular resort towns
Canazei is one of the most famous towns and resorts of the valley, located at an altitude of 1460 m and surrounded by the mountain slopes of Marmolada and Sella. Canazei became a popular resort in the 1950s, there are numerous ski slopes, various winter and summer sports are offered, and in July there is a festival with wine, local dishes and folk music, and in August the Gran Festa da d’Istà.

Campitello di Fassa – the town is located at an altitude of 1450 m, at the foot of Mount Rodella (2400 m). One of the quarters of the city – Plan is an ancient Roman settlement, which is under the protection of the state. The delicacy local cheese Ciampedel de Fascia is also produced here.

Moena – the town is located at the entrance to the valley, in the center of the Tre Valli ski area and is surrounded by the Catinaccio, Sassolungo, Monzoni and Latemar mountains. The city is home to ancient churches, such as the church of San Vigilio with a Gothic tower or Sal Volfango with baroque ceilings. It also hosts the Val di Fassa Bike cycling race, which attracts cyclists from all over the world, and produces Puzzone di Moena cheese, the production of which is under the strictest control.

Pozza di Fassa – the name of the place comes from the Latin word Puteus. Surrounded by the peaks of Undici and Dodici, the resort is a great place for all kinds of winter sports, with a picturesque ski stadium with night lighting – Ski Stadium Aloch. Also here is the local Institute of Arts, where sculptors and artists learn their skills.

Soraga is one of the oldest towns in the valley, located on the banks of the Avisio River. The resort is great for families and is known for its handicraft traditions.

Vigo di Fassa – the resort is located in a sunny place, in the center of the valley, at an altitude of 1390 m, at the foot of Mount Catinaccio. At one time, the town was the administrative and religious center of the Val di Fassa, and today there is an institute where the Romansh language and culture are studied. This place is an ideal starting point for hiking trails through the Dolomites, and there is also an amusement park for children.

Mazzin is a picturesque town located in a sunny corner in the center of the valley. Mazzin became famous thanks to archaeological excavations, during which traces of the settlements of the ancient Reti tribes were discovered. Also in the town is the Casa Batte castle, decorated with ancient frescoes, and not far from the resort is the beautiful lake Antermoia, mentioned in Romansh legends.

San Pellegrino is a picturesque place located 11 km from Moena and surrounded by forests and mountain peaks. There is an amazingly beautiful lake and ancient buildings – the pilgrims’ shelter and the church of St. Anthony.

Restaurants, bars, shops The
resorts of Val di Fassa abound with restaurants representing local cuisine, cozy bars and lively nightclubs. Here you can taste Tyrolean cuisine, Italian delicacies, freshly baked pizza and excellent wines from the province of Trentino, and visit gastronomic festivals in Canazei and Moena. The region’s shops sell all sorts of souvenirs, local artisans, and local produce, including rare cheeses such as Puzzone di Moena or Ciampedel de Fascia.

Val di Fassa, Italy

Italy Geopolitics

Italy Geopolitics

Italy constitutes the fourth state of the European Union (Eu) in terms of population and economic wealth. By virtue of its geographical location, the country is at the intersection of two strategically important regional areas: continental Europe to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. The country’s geopolitical position has thus contributed to shaping its foreign policy guidelines. In particular, at least since the second post-war period, Italy has followed three main axes, aimed respectively at the United States, Europe and emerging countries. The relationship with the United States was defined starting from the ‘Western choice’ of Italy, namely the entry into the Atlantic Alliance in 1949. In relations with Washington, the country’s strategic position – placed exactly on the border between the two ‘blocs’ – resulted in a geopolitical importance destined to persist throughout the Cold War period. On the other hand, the protection guaranteed by the American ally involved the installation of military bases on the territory of the peninsula and, perhaps more importantly, not negligible repercussions on internal politics – which resulted in the exclusion of the Communist Party from the governing coalitions.. After the Cold War ended, and the Soviet threat vanished, Italy maintained a fundamental partner in the United States and in the non-negligible repercussions on domestic politics – which resulted in the exclusion of the Communist Party from the governing coalitions. After the Cold War ended, and the Soviet threat vanished, Italy maintained a fundamental partner in the United States and in the non-negligible repercussions on domestic politics – which resulted in the exclusion of the Communist Party from the governing coalitions. After the Cold War ended, and the Soviet threat vanished, Italy maintained a fundamental partner in the United States and in the Born the main strategic alliance, as evidenced by participation in major military operations and peacekeeping Alliance. The second priority in Italian foreign policy is evidenced by the country’s propensity to support (albeit with some limitations) the European integration project. Italy is not only among the six founding members of the original European communities, but sees in the Eu(of which he held the rotating presidency in the second half of 2014) the main tool to amplify its international influence. Despite some inevitable tensions with Brussels, in recent years there has been a substantial convergence with the Community institutions. Two brief (but acute) disagreements in 2009 are exceptions: the first concerned the policy of refoulement of immigrants from Libya, the second the request submitted by Italy to the European Commission to review the EU commitments relating to the reduction of harmful emissions. As regards the third line of action of foreign policy, Italy has developed a series of bilateral relations, in particular with the countries of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Balkans. The Libyan crisis of 2011, which, moreover, has led to strong friction with the European partners promoting military intervention such as France and the United Kingdom, does not seem to have entailed strong repercussions in bilateral relations between Rome and Tripoli. Moreover, despite the climate of chaos and the latent civil conflict that rages in Libya, at the end of 2014 Rome was the only major European capital to keep its diplomatic headquarters open in Tripoli. Equally important is the axis with Turkey, a country with which Italy has intense entertainments Rome at the end of 2014 was the only major European capital to keep its diplomatic headquarters in Tripoli open. Equally important is the axis with Turkey, a country with which Italy has intense entertainments Rome at the end of 2014 was the only major European capital to keep its diplomatic headquarters in Tripoli open. Equally important is the axis with Turkey, a country with which Italy has intense entertainments economic relations, even if from 2013 onwards bilateral relations have undergone a slight cooling due to the more general frictions of Ankara with the European Union following the Turkish policy in Syria and Iraq and the criticisms of Brussels of Turkey due to the worsening of the condition of civil and political rights in the country. With respect to the Middle East, Italian foreign policy has maintained a position of substantial equidistance in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute (albeit with different accents depending on the color of the government in office), which has allowed it to maintain friendly relations both with Israel and with the Arab countries. On the occasion of the Gaza crisis of summer 2014, for example, Rome argued for the legitimacy of Israel’s action as defensive, at the same time criticizing certain aspects of Israeli military action.UnifilII of the United Nations, and towards Egypt, with which it has entered into a privileged relationship. During 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, Italy, through the action of the former foreign minister Emma Bonino, had also become the protagonist of the rapprochement between Iran of the new president Rouhani and the international community, above all for this which concerns relations with the European Union. Finally, towards the Balkans, Italian foreign policy is aimed at promoting stability, in particular with the aim of easing ethnic and national tensions (especially in Kosovo and Serbia) and fighting organized crime. In this theater Italy has shown a particular interest in Serbia and Montenegro, as well as in Albania. In addition to having committed to devote substantial investments to these countries,Eu. Finally, Italy shows a high propensity for multilateralism, as evidenced by its membership and active participation in the main international institutions, such as the United Nations, the G8, the WTO and the aforementioned EU and NATO. In particular, as regards the United Nations, of which the country is one of the first contributors in the world, Italy is committed to the difficult process of reforming the organization. The proposal put forward by Rome, which on the issue is opposed both to great powers such as Germany and Japan and to emerging states such as India and Brazil, is to increase the number of non-permanent seats on the Security Council. Finally, as regards the country’s foreign relations, 2014 saw Italy, together with other countries such as Germany, at the center of a heated debate within the European Union about relations with Russia. If, on the one hand, Brussels – like the United States – has tried to take a common position and we firmly condemn Moscow because of the crisis in Ukraine, on the other hand, not all member countries agreed on how to respond to Russia and on the sanctions to impose, although in the end joint action was reached. Rome has been criticized by the most extremist European actors, such as Poland or the Baltic countries, because of its relations with Russia, a very important partner both for energy supply and for economic and commercial relations. Relations with Russia also risked compromising Federica Mogherini’s candidacy for the post of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union.

Italy Geopolitics

Travel to Hiking in Italy

Travel to Hiking in Italy

Hiking in Italy is possibly one of the most varied hiking experiences you can find. Perfect routes are planned and ready. Some take you through majestic mountain passes and impressive Alps with snow on top. Others lead you off winding streets of Rome, Florence or Tuscany.

The experiences range widely; get to the top of an active volcano, visit historic medieval towns or make your way past classic Italian wineries. Hiking in Italy can be a bit of each and it is up to you what you want to get out of the journey. We are ready to guide you.

Great places for hiking in Italy

Hiking in Sicily

The ball outside Italy’s boot tip is an obvious destination if you want to hike in Italy. Sicily, Italy’s probably most famous island, is packed with beautiful, challenging and extremely unique hiking routes.

You set the course yourself – maybe it points to the top of exploding Etna. The aggressive volcano tends to erupt every few years, so you can not get closer to the top than 500 meters.

The volcanic island of Stramboli, which belongs to Sicily, is also an obvious day trip for those who want to strap on their hiking boots. Up to 10 times an hour, a column of golden red magma sprays up from the top of the volcano. Nature shows itself from its most spectacular side, but one must of course approach the area carefully.

Hiking around Mont Blanc

There are many opinions about which mountain is the highest in Europe. But if Mont Blanc does not take this prize, with its 4,810 meters to the top, it can in any case turn out to be Western Europe’s highest mountain. With us you can experience hiking in Italy at the foot of stunning Mont Blanc.

This hike takes you not only to Italy but also to romantic France and beautiful Switzerland . Throughout the route, we are surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and a nature worth writing home about. Waterfalls, mountain lakes and sparkling glaciers are constantly replacing each other in the landscape.

We move from high mountain passes to deep valleys and cross green meadows and blueberry fields. Along the way we spend the night in charming mountain villages. Hiking in Italy can be amazingly adventurous!

Hiking in the Cinque Terre

The Italian National Park, Cinque Terre, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and with good reason. Hiking in Italy is extremely visual and appealing here, with hiking trails creeping along the mountainside. From here there is a view of the Mediterranean as far as the eye can see.

Hiking in Italy’s Cinque Terre takes you through one cozy village after another. Here the colorful little houses appear in a row. Some balance on the edge of the ocean, while others cling to the steep mountain sides.

Visit the fishing villages of Camogli or Portofino, experience the Gothic monastery of San Fruttuoso, or visit the 14-meter-high statue of Neptune in Monerosso. On the hike between the cities, we move through fragrant lemon groves, olive groves and pine forests.

Hiking in the Dolomites

Winding paths through the majestic Dolomites, give you good conditions for a fantastic hike in South Tyrolean Italy. From Pustertal, where the population is German-speaking, the trip goes south of the Falzarego Pass to Fanes.

New routes take over, and you get past the Dolomites’ “Pearl Lake”. Natural phenomena such as the Pragser Wildsee make hiking in Italy very special. The inner pictures you get from here are confusingly reminiscent of the postcards you can buy in any souvenir shop.

Hiking in the Italian Dolomites takes you through dense pine forests, out into open meadows and into the shade of leaning rock walls. We take the cable car up the steepest rock walls and visit the cozy mountain restaurant, Capanna Alpina. Here is so much to experience.

Hiking in Tuscany

Hiking in Italy is not only reserved for the many mountain passes. City walks in the streets of Italy are a charming and ornate experience. Start your hike in romantic Florence and continue through picturesque Tuscany.

The routes take you across vineyards, lush forests and golden cornfields. We are located past incredible medieval towns such as Castellina in Chianti, here the huge city wall robs a lot of the history that has unfolded exactly where your feet are now planted.

We cross rushing rivers at San Gimignano – the city that also goes under “Tuscany’s Manhattan”. However, the modern skyscrapers have been replaced with impressive medieval buildings and stunning scenery. Hiking in Italy is a varied experience.

Hiking in Tuscany

Questions and answers

When is the best time to go hiking in Italy?

It is possible to hike in Italy at any time of the year. During the summer, it can be just as legally hot to hike for many hours through the dense streets of Italy. Likewise, winter can be bitterly cold and sometimes even impossible if you move from far up in the Alps. Therefore, choose your route according to when you travel – or when you travel according to your route. Feel free to ask us for advice! Read more about weather and climate in Italy .

Does it require equipment to hike in Italy?

It depends on which route you want to go. Most of our routes require only the basic equipment such as a good pair of hiking boots. Feel free to check out our packing lists for trekking and mountaineering , where you can hopefully get smarter.

Can I go hiking in Italy without being accompanied by a guide?

Yes. Some of our routes are self-guided. Here we seek that you are well equipped from home and have the full overview of the route. Likewise, you always have us at Tourist Travel to call if something should arise. Other routes are with guide. You can read more about this when you click on the journey of your dreams.