There’s a buzz happening in the Italian mountains, with a slew of new openings and hotel updates putting The Dolomites firmly in the spotlight. Firstly, making it easier than ever to reach the UNESCO-protected peaks found in north-eastern Italy, is SkyAlps’ new direct flight route from London Gatwick to Bolzano. The Italian airline first launched i...

Italy is certainly addressing its problem with tourist numbers, with authorities implementing everything from a tourist tax in Venice to an ice cream ban in Milan. But it’s not all about restrictions – the government is working on spotlighting lesser-known destinations to encourage more sustainable tourism, too.  One of the vintage tourist train ro...

A new hiking trail winding through the wild, nature-rich landscape of Italy’s Dolomites mountain range has just opened. The Cammino Retico is named after the ancient Raeti people who once lived there in pre-Roman times. It connects various remote villages between the Veneto and Trentino regions. The circular route is 170 kilometres long and can be...

Backlit by the setting sun, which is casting tremulous spotlights through the gathering steam, Teresa Altamura moves around the sauna with the grace of a swan. In one hand, she holds a large white fan, waving it like a wing through the humid air; with each movement, the scent of Alpine larch wafts over me. “Breathe deeply,” she whispers. I’m perche...

The pool was empty – perhaps because at about 22C, the water was too cold for Italians. It was also about to close. Whatever the reason, we had the glorious Biolago di Pinzolo, a spring-fed, plant-filtered swimming lake, to ourselves. As my son and I swam, we could just make out the tiny red-roofed hermitage of San Martino on the forested slope abo...

When winter’s chill was thawed by the blossoming of spring, our family would set off for the long drive from the Oxfordshire downs to our holiday house in Le Marche, central Italy. Cruising through the arable heartlands of Europe, my heart would skip a beat as we neared the totemic slate gradients of the Italian Alps. Snaking over the Brenner Pass,...

In the valleys of Northern Italy, beneath the jagged spires of the Italian Dolomites, lies a quaint South Tyrolean town far from fairy tale or myth. Known as the Pearl of the Dolomites and the "place of crows" in Latin, Corvara captivates all who visit with its natural beauty, offering more than just vistas. Seated in the heart of Alta Badia, adven...

Arriving at Longarone on a slow train from Venice, zigzagging up the Piave Valley into the jagged heights of the Dolomites, the visitor is faced by a gruff modern road and, on the other side, the unresponsive façades of indifferent 1960s buildings. It seems so very disappointing. Why would anyone build like this in such an eagle’s nest setting? A t...

Spring awakening in the Dolomite region of Plan de Corones opens up a world of adventure and natural beauty that can be explored on foot or on two wheels. Surrounded by the majestic backdrop of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and framed by three nature parks, the region offers a unique mix of unspoiled landscapes and sporting activitie...

An innovative addition is looming in the tourism landscape of the Veneto mountains: temporary panoramic rooms. These facilities promise a unique experience under the banner of sustainability and accessibility. It is not just about offering luxury at high altitude, but allowing everyone to experience the enchantment of the Veneto mountains in a sust...