Stay active in Italy’s north


In association with: Italian National Tourist Board

Find your adventurous side in the northern regions of Italy

As the temperature dips and the snow falls, the north of Italy turns into a white-blanketed wonderland. From world‑class ski resorts to stunning snow‑tipped mountains, the north of Italy is a magical destination to escape to when the nights draw in.

Bordering France and Switzerland, Piedmont is a playground for those who like to take to the snow, with magnificent skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating, all with the Alps as a backdrop.

The north of Italy is a magical destination to escape to when the nights draw in

Skiers keen to hit the extreme slopes shouldn’t miss Val d’Aosta, the smallest region in Italy but with one of the biggest reputations for skiing. It’s also home to the famous Matterhorn, towering over 4,000 metres high.

Meanwhile, Lombardy’s range of winter activities, which include snowshoeing and ice skating, give clients the chance to see some incredible scenery. Plus, there’s so much wildlife to spot when trekking through the region’s beautiful countryside.

Ski resorts are also found in abundance among the Dolomites in Trentino-Alto Adige, along with several well-regarded spa towns, ideal for some post-ski relaxation. The same can be said about Veneto.


Parts of this region north of Venice are home to more than 300 miles of slopes and some parks are even open after dark. Winter is one of the most romantic times to visit Venice. When the crowds disperse and the city’s sights are at their best, it’s the perfect time to recharge after an active break in the mountains.

The city of Genoa in Liguria enjoys a mild winter, while farther down the coast, visitors can marvel at the vibrant colours of the fishing villages along the Cinque Terre. Bordering the coastline are the rugged Ligurian Apennines, stretching south, where avid walkers can enjoy long hikes through the impressive scenery.

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Italy requires a green pass for entry into restaurants, cinemas and other indoor spaces. The NHS Covid-19 pass is now compatible for entry into these venues.

PICTURES: Shutterstock/Melanie Lemahieu, marchello74

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