Summer holidays in the mountains: 10 best locations in Italy

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Tired of the usual beach holiday? Tired of sand and umbrellas? If at least for a season you have decided to say enough for the beach bed then here is what it does for you. For this year put aside the monotony and treat yourself to one different holiday in the mountains.
The mountain in summer is certainly a courageous choice, but it also has great potential, not fully understood. For this we want to recommend some destinations: here 10 places to go to the mountains in summer.

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

Santa Maria Maggiore, Piedmont

Santa Maria Maggiore is a famous tourist resort in the north of Piedmont.
Santa Maria Maggiore it is located exactly in the Val Vigezzo, an area appreciated by lovers of trekking and outdoor activities.

In this place you can lose yourself among the wonders that nature offers in the splendid mountain passages, thanks to the many paths, cycle paths and paths for horse riding, Nordic walking and downhill enthusiasts. It should be noted the presence of the Praudina Adventure Park, an exciting adventure park, also in the area of ​​the pine forest there are tennis courts, a swimming pool, spaces for archery, riding stables and a golf course.

Why go there: the location is extraordinary: it is located between the Canton of Ticino and Lake Maggiore, and part of its territory is included in the Val Grande National Park. More nature than that ...

  • Where it is: Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 12 ° / Max 30 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -

Sappada, Friuli Venezia Giulia

In the corner between Friuli and Austria, we find the locality of Sappada, between province of Belluno and that of Udine. Known for its beauty and the tranquility that inspires the place, in Sappada it is a must to visit the ancient wooden houses that fill and color the fractions. The Dolomite slopes of Mount Peralba will be ideal for your excursions. Furthermore, the village has obtained the Orange TCI flag.

Even in this destination there is no shortage of activities for everyone: high altitude excursions near the Olbe Lakes, Nordic Walking trails to discover enchanting landscapes, mountain biking, sport fishing sessions near the "trout lake", fun for the whole family at Adventure Park.

Why go there: It is located in the northeastern extremity of the Dolomites, on the border with Carinthia in Austria and in the valley crossed by the Piave. In summer there are trails and shelters and excursions to the surrounding lakes and mountains are organized.

  • Where it is: Province of Udine, border with Carinthia (Austria) - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 11 ° / Max 25 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -

Alagna Valsesia, Piedmont

This mountain resort in Piedmont, in the province of Vercelli, is perfect as a summer destination. The notoriety of this place is given by its wooden architecture typical of the houses of the village.
From this area the excursions can be numerous, as well as the activities, including climbing, mountain bike tours and above all fishing sessions (the Sesia is a perfect river in which to fish). Absolutely not to be missed are the valleys of Carcoforo and Rimella.

Why go there: it is located at the foot of Monte Rosa, in Valsesia, and is also rich in frescoed churches. The Sesia River that crosses it creates spectacular waterfalls, and in one of the valleys of its territory you can visit the Walser villages, with their typical wooden houses.

  • Where it is: province of Vercelli, border with Switzerland and Val d'Aosta - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 10 ° / Max 27 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

Civitella Alfedena, Abruzzo

If Civitella Alfedena is among the perfect destinations for summer holidays in the mountains, it owes it first of all to Natural Park of Abruzzo which is behind him. Situated on a rocky spur, the town has the appearance of the typical Apennine villages.
Ideal for a summer weekend, in Civitella you can have fun with excursions between Val Fondillo and Camosciara. Not to be underestimated is the nearby Pescasseroli.

Why go there: it is located in the heart of one of the most beautiful national parks in Italy, its territory is part of the Camosciara Nature Reserve and is a delightful medieval village.

  • Where it is: Province of L'Aquila, in the heart of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 12 ° / Max 27 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

Malborghetto Valbruna, Friuli Venezia Giulia

In Malborghetto Valbruna, in the province of Udine, the borders of three different states seem to unite. Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet in this corner of paradise, ideal for a summer vacation. The warm season gives the village a particular beauty. The lake of Fusine in Val Romana and Mining museum of the Predil quarries, are two must-sees not to be missed in this area.
Over a dozen hiking trails depart from the town, allowing you to admire the nature of the place in all its magnificence.

Why go there: The location allows you to visit 3 countries in the blink of an eye. The Julian Alps are an irresistible setting for mountain holidays.

  • Where it is: province of Udine, in the Julian Alps, on the Saisera stream - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 10 ° / Max 30 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room -

Glorenza, Trentino Alto Adige

In Glorenza, in province of Bolzano mountain lovers can enjoy a precious stay, even in summer. With its 908 meters of height this village offers a particular charm. Many things to visit in Glorenza, such as theAbbey of Monte Maria or the ancient bell tower that emerges from the artificial lake of Curon. Glorenza is the ideal reference point for visiting the natural attractions of Val Venosta through high-altitude trails and trekking, but also cultural attractions such as castles, churches and museums

Why go there: the Swiss and Austrian borders are just 6 kilometers away, it is crossed by the Adige river and is located in the extraordinary setting of Val Venosta. Need anything else?

  • Where it is: province of Bolzano, border with Switzerland and Austria, in Alta Val Venosta - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 10 ° / Max 27 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per room -

Vigo di Fassa, Trentino

The excellent position it covers makes Vigo di Fassa one of the most important mountain resorts of the The Dolomites. The many excursions that can be enjoyed near Vigo will enrich your days. Lake of Carezza, Costalunga pass and the area leading to Canazei will be the destination of your pilgrimages on these beautiful mountains.
But that's not all, Vigo di fassa is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it hosts the important Ladino di Fassa museum and organizes events and exhibitions every summer.

Why go there: if you are looking for a place in the mountains, Vigo di Fassa takes you straight to the Dolomites ... what else should you look for? Furthermore, from the hotel point of view it is very well equipped.

  • Where it is: province of Trento, in Val di Fassa - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 10 ° / Max 22 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 47,00 per room -

Chiavenna, Lombardy

Chivenna, in the province of Sondrio, is ideal for lovers of landscapes and nature.
Near Chiavenna there is also the park of the Marmitte dei Giganti and the beautiful waterfall of the Acqua Fraggia.
For food lovers, we recommend tasting the typical Chiavennaschi pizzoccheri, an authentic local specialty.

Why go there: it is the only municipality in the province to have been awarded the Orange Flag, the recognition of Touring Club Italia for the tourist-environmental quality. Moreover, as well as bordering Switzerland, it is about 50 km from Lake Como and even less from Lake Lei.

  • Where it is: province of Sondrio, in Val Chiavenna, 40 km from Switzerland - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 17 ° / Max 30 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

Slopes of Etna, Sicily

If you want to visit Sicily, the slopes of Etna are for you. This splendid mountain setting a stone's throw from the sea is perfect for those who want to combine everything in a single holiday. The tourist services offered in this location are excellent. Good food and mild climate they will make you relax and enjoy the beauty of this land. You can participate in horseback riding, jeep excursions, visits to volcanic craters or even quad tours. Also not to be missed are the Etna municipalities, such as Sant'Afio, Bronte or Zafferana Etna, where it is possible to discover a profound historical and gastronomic culture.

Why go there: it is unique in Italy and in Europe, with a territory that also brings an extraordinary food and wine richness. In addition, the sea is a stone's throw away, so it is ideal for combining mountain excursions with a trip to the Sicilian Riviera. And in the delightful villages of the foothills, prices are extremely competitive.

  • Where it is: Etna Park, province of Catania - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 23 ° / Max 31 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto

This true natural paradise is beautiful to visit all year round, but in summer it is even more so.
In good weather cultural and food and wine entertainment never fails. Outdoor activities and nightlife are a constant which, in Cortina, teaches!

Why go there: it is known as the "Queen of the Dolomites", and there must be a reason. Surrounded by the valleys and parks of Veneto and Trentino, it combines mountain relaxation with fun for young people. It is an example of an excellent Italian tourism product.
The only drawback? The temperatures are cool (if that's a drawback) and ... the prices aren't exactly competitive.

  • Where it is: Province of Belluno, surrounded by the Dolomites - Get directions
  • Average temperature: Min 11 ° / Max 23 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

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