Italy is an absolutely beautiful country and we truly look forward to the day we can return to visit.
Join us as we take a look into the best way to enjoy the beauties of the country in the winter/low seasons.
For lovers of Italy, winter is amazing to enjoy the beauties of the country in the peace and quiet of the low season: everything tends to be less expensive, the sales start, and the crowds of tourists typical of the summer season are gone – even Sicily’s beaches are deserted and Rome has hardly any traffic.
It can be cold, even foggy and rainy in some parts of the country, however, it is not bitingly unbearable, like in many parts of Europe, and you can truly enjoy a slice of real Italy in beautiful sunny days.
What do you prefer? Do you like outdoor activities such as skiing and winter sports or walking? Or do you prefer visiting museums and churches in famous cities? You are spoilt for choice.
If you love winter sports and snow, the best place to visit is probably the famous Dolomites, a mountain group lying in the eastern section of the northern Italian Alps. They include several majestic mountains covered in snow and impressive peaks, like the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, Monte Civetta, Marmolada, the highest of all; unusually magnificent sceneries; wild and unspoiled, mysterious, and silent valleys. The Dolomites are an amazing Unesco World heritage site and among the most beautiful mountains in the world. You can choose from many activities like skiing, mountaineering, hiking etc. You can also visit the charming mountain towns of Alleghe, Falcade, Auronzo, Cortina d’Ampezzo and the village of Arabba.
Many of the ski resort towns have thermal spas nearby, so even if you are not a skier you can still enjoy a hot spa in the mountains, very appealing with brisk temperatures.
You can combine the Dolomites with a visit to one of the many beautiful cities in northern Italy such as Verona, the city of love and lyrical opera with Lake Garda nearby full of picturesque villages, thermal resorts, trekking opportunities and amusement parks; Padova, a refined city worth a visit even only for admiring the Giotto’s masterpieces in the Scrovegni Chapel or the oldest university botanical garden in the world (dating to the 1545); Vicenza and the Palladian Villas, a key part of Palladio’s legacy; Venice, together with its lagoon, an incredible city because of its huge artistic and historic treasures; and perhaps Trieste which preserves its own unique border-town culture.
Anybody really desperate for swimming somewhere in Italy during the colder months should look into the Italian Hot Springs resorts. You can choose between Abano Terme, where people have soaked in its thermal waters for more than 2,000 years, Montegrotto Terme, which has an archaeological zone where Roman ruins can be viewed from the street, or Galzignano resort, located in the protected area of the Regional Park of the Colli Euganei, and enjoy a walk in this natural oasis in the heart of the Veneto plain
You can then explore less famous villages such as Arqua Petrarca, ranked among the 20 most beautiful villages in Italy, and recite some famous verses of Francesco Petrarca, born here in 1304, “allo spuntar dell’alba, il lunedì 20 luglio, nella città di Arezzo e nel borgo dell’Orto” (Sen. VIII.1).
The bottom line is that Winter in Italy is for everyone and it is beautiful!
Morley College offers an ‘imaginary’ journey through some Italian regions and their tourist destinations with the following courses: