Terme di Comano, Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)
According to foodanddrinkjournal, the thermal resort of Terme di Comano is located west of Trento in the Val Guidicaria valley, which borders the Dolomiti di Brenta mountains from the south. The local thermal springs have a temperature of +27 degrees, they are rich in calcium and magnesium bicarbonates and are used to treat various skin diseases (dermatitis, psoriasis, allergic reactions). Treatment is carried out with the help of baths, inhalations, aerosols, irrigations and hydromassages. In addition, Terme di Comanohas an Aesthetic and Correction Department, which offers a variety of aesthetic procedures, including laser correction. The resort has a luxurious Grand Hotel with 80 rooms and a spa park of 14 hectares.
Neighborhood Terme di Comano very picturesque. In the upper part of the Val Guidicarie valley, there is Daon waterfall, consisting of more than 100 small waterfalls flowing down a sheer mountain cliff. In winter, the waterfall turns into a huge ice wall, which has been used for ice climbing championships for several years now. Also in the valley is the Steniko Castle, which is about 2000 years old. Today, an interesting museum has been opened in the castle chambers, where antique furniture, paintings, weapons and household items are presented.
To the south of Val Guidicaria stretches the valley Val di Sarca, which goes to the largest lake in Italy – Garda (its area is 370 sq. km), located on the border of the three regions of Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Lombardy. Lake Garda is a great place for a summer holiday. The main city of the lake in the Trentino-Alto Adige region is Riva del Garda . Tourists who want to combine a beach holiday with hiking in the mountains go to Riva del Garda, because the mountain ranges that border it converge at the northern tip of Lake Garda.
Santa Caterina, Lombardy (Italy)
The Santa Caterina ski resort is part of the Alta Valtellina ski area, located in northern Italy in the Lombardy region. It is located 14 km southeast of the Bormio ski resort, surrounded by the main mountain peaks of Alta Valtellina at an altitude of 1738 m. Unlike Bormio, this is a quiet and peaceful resort suitable for those skiers who wish to be in a traditional ski village in the landscapes. But, despite its “calm”, Santa Caterina is famous for its excellent ski and flat slopes, which host international competitions.
In total, there are 40 km of slopes (21% for beginners, 58% of medium difficulty, 21% of difficult ones) and 8 lifts. The highest point of the resort is Monte Sobretta (2775 m). From here the most interesting slopes begin with a height difference of about 1000 m. In the lower part of the resort there is an area for beginner skiers with short lifts and gentle slopes. In addition, 15 km of cross-country skiing trails have been laid in Santa Caterina: these are two ring trails with a length of 5 and 10 km, passing through the forest. In the summer, hiking enthusiasts come to Santa Caterina, because in the vicinity of the resort there are the most exciting hiking trails of the Stelvio National Park. This is the largest national park in Italy.. Here on an area of 1307 sq. km, the majestic glaciers of the mountains Ortles (3905 m) and Cevedale (3769 m), picturesque valleys, dense forests, alpine lakes and rivers, ancient villages and medieval castles adjoin.
Sestriere, Piedmont (Italy)
The Sestriere ski resort is located in the Piedmont region west of Turin at an altitude of 2035 m. It is one of the most famous European ski resorts. Sestriere is the center of the vast ski region Via Latteia, which in Italian means “Milky Way”, located in the valleys of Valle di Susa and Cison. In 2006, the Winter Olympic Games were held here. Via Latteia has more than 400 km of ski slopes, 50 km of flat ski slopes and 92 lifts, and in preparation for the Olympics, the ski area has been significantly modernized. In the Via Lattea in addition to Sestriere includes 4 Italian ski resorts: Sauze d’Oulx (1509 m), San Sicario (1700 m), Cesano (1350 m) and Clavier (1760 m); and French Montgenevre (1850 m). All resorts are united by a common ski pass. The lowest lift station is located in Cesano at an altitude of 1350 m, and the highest point is on Mount Motta in Sestriere at an altitude of 2800 m. Thus, the vertical drop in Via Lattea is 1450 m. half of the tracks are red. The Sestriere resort was founded in 1934. Today, here are the most interesting and most difficult slopes of this ski region. The elevation difference within the resort is 800 m. Sestriere famous for its groomed trails and perfect snow cover. Beginners will be able to ski at the bottom of the Banquetta slope, while intermediate and advanced skiers will enjoy the “red” and “black” slopes of the slopes of the Sises mountains, where the giant slalom track is located, and Motta. Sestriere also has a beautiful 10 km long flat track and a snow park. The infrastructure of the resort is represented by 4 ski schools, a kindergarten, equipment rentals, 3,000 beds, a sports complex with tennis courts, a gym, saunas, a swimming pool, a Turkish bath, an illuminated skating rink, dozens of restaurants and bars.
Italian skiing originated in Sauze d’Oulx. Here, in 1897, the Swiss engineer Adolf Kind for the first time skied. Sauze d’Oulx is dominated by “blue” and “green” slopes, and there are also two snow parks. The resort of San Siscario is more suitable for beginners, while Cesano and Clavier, located nearby, will appeal to cross-country skiers and biathlon lovers.
A little aside is the ski resort of Bardonecchia. It is located in the western part of the Valle di Susa near the border with France at an altitude of 1312 m. From Bardonecchia to France Del Frejus tunnel was laid. In 2006, snowboarding competitions were held here as part of the Winter Olympics. Since then, Bardonecchia has hosted a 130 m long Olympic halfpipe. The local snow park has a 1100 m piste and is divided into red and blue zones. In total, 100 km of ski slopes are laid in Bardonecchia, most of them are “red”, 10 km of cross-country ski slopes and about 20 lifts operate.