5 Things You Must Do This Winter in Northern Italy

If gorgeous alpine scenery, charming mountain towns, incredible ambiance and excellent cuisine sound appealing, then we've got a winter destination for you. Northern Italy is home to some of the world's best outdoor recreation opportunities, in tandem with Europe's best luxury hotels, resorts and spas. Whether you seek outdoor adventure or the best luxury accommodations in Italy, Northern Italy offers the best of both worlds, creating the perfect winter destination for all types of travelers. To get a sense of the incredible diversity of vacation possibilities, read on to explore Mr. & Mrs. Italy Top 5 Must Dos in Northern Italy.

1. Ski the Dolomites

Skiing in the Dolomites

Off Piste at Hotel Baita Fiorita di Deborah

Spanning from Italy’s eastern border with France, to its northern most border with Switzerland, and west alongside Austria, the Dolomites are a section of the Italian Alps, renowned for their beauty, recreational opportunities and charming mountain towns. These mountains are undeniably gorgeous; the jagged peaks, sheer cliffs and pale limestone rock give the Dolomites its well-earned reputation for being the most spectacular mountain range in the world. With over 1,200 km of skiing, this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site offers resort terrain between 1,500 and 3,000 meters in elevation (roughly 5000 to 10,000 feet), 450 lifts and 12 major ski areas. With such a vast area of slopes, the range of terrain is nearly endless, including excellent beginner-friendly hills to some of the world’s most challenging backcountry skiing. American snow sports enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of lift tickets in Italy, as well as the charming mountain culture and hospitality that is deeply engrained in the area. The bevy of on-piste refugios and huts encapsulate this culture, offering an incredibly scenic setting in which to enjoy some of the best traditional alpine food and drink between runs.

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*It would be difficult to overstate the degree to which these hotels have crafted an incredible luxury experience, perfectly tailored to outdoor enthusiasts. From the opportunity to explore local terrain with Italian ski and snowboard legends (World Cup ski racer or snowboard Olympian/ X-Games medalist included), to gorgeous s