Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy)
According to Dictionaryforall, Trieste is located in northeastern Italy on the border with Slovenia. This is a major port, operating since 1719, and the only place in the Adriatic where the natural depth of the sea allows you to receive the largest ships.
In ancient times, the city was a Roman colony, and in the Middle Ages it turned into a significant trading center, which was fought over by various states. It was annexed to Italy only in 1954. Trieste belonged to Austria-Hungary for a long time, therefore it has an atypical look for Italy: in some ways it resembles Vienna and Budapest.
Trieste and its environs are located on the territory of the Karso mountain range, steeply descending to the sea. The famous Trieste tram runs through the mountains. The main attractions of the city include the remains of ancient Roman buildings, the churches of San Giusto and St. Michael, the Venetian fortress (all buildings are from the 14th century). The fortress exhibits a collection of weapons and antiquities. The main square of the city – the Unification of Italy – is the largest square in the country. On it are the palaces of the Palazzo del Comune and the Palazzo di Coverno. Even in Trieste, you can visit the museums of Sartorio and Revoltella. In the first of them there is a collection of Byzantine and Greek art, and in the second – works of art of the 19th-20th centuries.
Foppolo, Lombardy (Italy)
Foppolo is one of the smallest ski resorts in Italy. It is located north of Bergamo in the Orobi Alps (Bergamo Alps) in the Val Brembana valley at an altitude of 1600 m. Foppolo is the center of the Bremboski ski area, which combines 120 km of ski slopes. Foppolo is suitable for skiers of any skill level. There are 70 km of slopes served by 8 ski lifts. Altitude difference – 600 m. To the north-west of Foppolo is the resort of Valtorta – a great place for cross-country skiing. In addition, good trails can be found in the nearby resorts of Carona and San Simone.
Close to Foppolo, at the entrance to the Val Brembana valley, is the thermal spa of San Pellegrino Terme, whose healing springs have been known since the 13th century. The local sources of thermal waters belong to low-mineralized hydro-carbonate-sulfate calcium waters. These waters are used to treat diseases of the digestive system, liver, kidneys and metabolic disorders. The resort offers drinking cures, various baths, inhalations and irrigations. World famous table mineral water “San Pellegrino”, produced on the basis of local sources.
From Foppolo you can also go to Val Seriana and Valle di Scalve. They are located east of Val Brembana on opposite sides of the picturesque Presolana mountain range. Ski resorts such as Spiazzi di Gromo, Lizzola and Presolana are located in Val Seriana. Spiazzi di Gromo offers vacationers 8 slopes of various difficulty levels with a height difference of up to 600 m, 6 ski lifts, 1 cross-country ski track with a length of 7 km and a snow park . km of trails for beginners and skiers of an intermediate level of preparedness. The valley of Valle di Scalve will be of interest to lovers of cross-country skiing. This is where the Schilpario Cross-country Ski Center is located. with three ring flat trails “Pista-degli-Abeti” with a length of 5.8 and 10 km. Some sections of the trails are illuminated, which allows you to ride even in the dark.
Cervinia, Valle d’Aosta (Italy)
The Cervinia ski area is located in the northwest of the Valle d’Aosta region on the slopes of the Matterhorn (4478 m). It includes two resorts – Breville-Cervinia and Valtornenche. This is the “highest” ski area in Italy. Breville-Cervinia is at an altitude of 2050 m, Valtornenche at an altitude of 1524 m and the highest point of skiing at an altitude of 3480 m. Thus, stable snow cover in winter is guaranteed, and the presence of the Ventina glacier and glaciers on the Rosa plateau makes it possible to ski and in summer time. Cervinia amazes with the imagination of slopes and trails of any degree of complexity. The total length of ski slopes is 200 km, of which 25% are simple, 50% are medium, and 25% are difficult. The slopes are serviced by 36 lifts. In addition, with a ski pass, skiers will be able to ski on the slopes of the neighboring Swiss Zermatt (150 km of ski slopes and 20 lifts).
The slopes of Cervinia are suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers, while the slopes of Zermatt will appeal to professionals. From Valtornenche one of the longest pistes in the Alps (the “red”) begins, 20 km long, and ends on the Swiss side. Also in Cervinia there is the highest snow park in Europe “Indian park” and the world-famous bobsleigh track. For lovers of cross-country skiing, 8 km of flat trails have been laid. In Valthornenche there are opportunities for heliskiing. The infrastructure of the resort is represented by many hotels, restaurants, bars, discos, shops, cinemas and gyms.