Ski & Gandolas in Italy

Anastasia Travelsia
Feb 8
If you are ski or snowboarding fun this article for you if no then you can read the second part of it and get know something about Venice.

Getting here

Take a shuttle transfer or a taxi from the closest Verona airport. It will take about 3-4 hours from the airport depending on your skills in driving.

Madonna di Campiglio, a small and elegant town nestling at an altitude of 1550 meters in the beautiful valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella, is today one of the most important resorts in the Alps.

Nowadays the ski area can boast 57 lifts and 150 km of ski runs, with a capacity of more than 31,000 people per hour. The ski runs there are all levels of difficulty. From long, wide and easy slopes to challenging, difficult forest runs, there is something for everyone, whether leisure skier, beginner or expert. 50 km are blue ski runs, 67 km are red ones and 33 km are black ones.

While it stands at a comfortable 1,520m, this is not a resort famous for early or late season conditions. Much of the ski area is below 2,100m, and the highest ski runs are only 2,500m. February is more reliable for good snow cover than March.

The lifts are fast, comfortable and modern but overall they are situated in the heart of the town! You can reach in few minutes the cablecars from wherever you are.

Time to eat

It's very important to have a great place to stop for lunch when you're surrounded by mountains. Best restaurant views are from the Ristorante Stoppani (Passo Groste) and Ristorante Laghi (Cinque Laghi). There is a mixture of table- and self-service.

Folgarida-Marilleva

From Madonna di Campiglio, you can go on skiing to Marilleva, the other resort of the ski area.

The Folgarida-Marilleva area provides 60 km of ski runs of varying difficulty levels (38% easy, 49% intermediate, 13% difficut), 25 lifts and instructors from three ski schools and three children's snow game areas.

Very interesting that a free Wi-Fi system situated at the main lift starting and arrival points and parks throughout the ski area of Folgarida Marilleva is available to all clients.

Life around by water

After a few days of skiing, we decided made a holiday from our ski-holiday and go for 1 day to Venice. It took about 5 hours for us by car so let's check what is Venice looks like. 

Only imagine that the historical center of the city is a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. Most parts of Venice are renowned for their beauty, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon with the islands and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.

Today scientists show that Venice sinking at a relatively slow rate of 1-2mm per annum. In May 2003, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi inaugurated some engineering project for saving the city. The idea is to fix a series of 78 hollow pontoons to the seabed across the three entrances to the lagoon. When tides are predicted to rise above 110 centimeters, the pontoons will be filled with air, causing them to float and block the incoming water from the Adriatic Sea. This engineering work is due to be completed by this year.

St. Mark's Square

Considered one of the finest squares in the world and certainly Venice's prime attraction, it is surrounded on three sides by the stately arcades of public buildings and on the fourth, by Basilica di San Marco and the St. Mark's Campanile. Be careful, here many hungry pigeons.

Rialto Bridge

It is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. Connecting the districts of San Marco and San Polo. This massive structure was built on some 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years later. The bridge has two rows of small shops that sell jewelry, linens, Murano glass, and other items for the tourist trade

Saint Mark's Basilica

With a profusion of domes and over 8000 sq meters of luminous mosaics, Venice's cathedral is an unforgettable sight. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

The Cupola of the Prophets is best seen from behind the main altar which houses the simple sarcophagus containing St Mark's body. But the main reason to enter this church is to see the stupendous Pala d’Oro, a gold altarpiece studded with 2000 emeralds, amethysts, sapphires, rubies, pearls and other gemstones.

Basilica Salute

Guarding the entrance to the Grand Canal, this 17th-century domed church was commissioned by Venice’s plague survivors as thanks for their salvation after 100,000 Venetians had been killed by a plague.

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