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Skiing in Italy: Mountains from the Top to the Toe

By Jessica, USA, January 2013

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So much time is spent extolling the virtues of Italy‘s beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and Roman ruins that it might be easy to forget it’s an incredibly mountainous country. And what do mountains mean in the winter? Skiing, of course. Italy has some of Europe‘s most popular ski resorts, as well as some excellent places to ski that are a little more off the tourist radar.

1) Famous Alpine Mountains

The Alps run along almost the entirety of Italy’s northern edge, saddling the border with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. The famous peaks accessible from Italy are the Matterhorn (Monte Cervino in Italian) and Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) – the former is along the Swiss border, the latter along the French border. On the Swiss side of the Matterhorn is the famous ski resort of Zermatt – but coming from the Italian side, you’d head for the Italian ski resort town of Cervinia. On the French side of Mont Blanc you’ll find the famous ski resort of Chamonix – but hop to the Italian side and you’re looking for Courmayeur.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Italy Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Italy

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