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  • Tailor-made luxury hotel holidays to the Italian Alps

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    Luxury Holidays to the Italian Alps

    Bordering Austria to the North and France and Switzerland to the west, the Italian Alps is a pastoral paradise of edelweiss-covered meadows, terraced vineyards and ancient farming villages. 

    Framed by a dramatic backdrop of towering summits and ridges, the Italian Alps reaches its zenith on the border with France, rising to a height of 15,782ft at the snow-capped summit of Monte Bianco – Mont Blanc. A hiker’s Promised Land in summer, in winter the region shelters some of the finest ski resorts in Europe with some of the best snow in recent seasons to match. Perhaps the most spectacular section of the Italian Alps is the Aoasta Valley, crowned by huge peaks, including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa, with an extensive network of lifts and cable-cars to whisk skiers up the pistes in winter, and walkers up to spectacular trails in summer. Lower down, the Aoasta Valley’s ski resorts are connected by cross-country skiing trails, fantastic for walkers in summer. A playground for outdoor adventurers, the area also has some of the best mountain-biking trails in Europe. 

    To the east are the Dolomites, to the southeast is the Piemonte region, whilst further south are the Italian Lakes. The proximity to these different Italian regions makes the Italian Alps a fabulous summer or winter holiday destination.

     

    Local highlights

    Hiking and skiing in the Aoasta Valley; the annual autumn Alba Truffle festival, with more than 40 taking place in various towns and villages in Piemonte. Some Piemonte guesthouses and hotels can also arrange for you to go truffling with a local hound; the baroque piazzas and palaces of Turin, where the Fiat car factory is an interesting visitor attraction in its own right; the Italian Lakes north of Milan, such as Lake Maggiore, Como, and lovely little Orta, which has a Benedictine monastery right in the middle; boat trips on Lake Magiorre to visit the Borromean Islands; the beautiful hilltown of Bergamo, with a funicular railway up to Bergamo Alto to visit its stunning 15th century chapel; the medieval village of Arca on the upper reaches of the Sarca River Valley; boat tours of Lake Lugano; spectacular views from Monte Mottarone above Stresa on Lake Maggiore, reached by cable car; national parks such as the Stelvio National Park north of Orta and the Parco Nazionale della Val Grande above Verbania on Lake Maggiore; Milan, with its magnificent gothic cathedral, famous La Scala opera house and 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, perhaps the most elegant shopping arcade in the world; Verona’s annual opera festival as well as its sights, including the Romanesque church of San Zeno, the Renaissance Loggia del Consiglio and the Roman Arena.

    Getting out and about

    Trains and buses connect Milan and Verona with the villages and ski resorts to the north, as well as the lakes of Lombardy. As with all trains and buses in Italy, the service is fairly efficient and relatively cheap, and buses in particular are a good way of getting between villages once in the mountains themselves. However, as it often requires several changes to reach smaller, remoter destinations, by far the best way to explore this area is by hire-car, which we include with all our holidays to the Alps.

    Travel arrangements

    By air: Fly to Turin with non-daily flights with British Airways from Gatwick.
    Self-drive: These regions are reached very easily by car all the way from the UK. We can arrange overnight stops for you in locations throughout France.
    In addition to holidays by air and by car, you may also be interested in holidays by rail (including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and an overnight sleeper service from Paris to Italy).


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  • Hotel Bellevue - Luxury holidays in the Italian Alps

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    Hotel Bellevue is a homely and charming hotel in the Italian Alps with excellent facilities

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    A family owned hotel in the Alps combining 5 star luxury and alpine charm.
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    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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