With Christmas markets in full swing, a long Immaculate Conception holiday weekend, abundance of cheerfully decked-out towns, and an array of agriturismos where you can ring in the New Year, December is a month full of things to do in Italy.
Would you like to spend a few relaxing days in the mountains enjoying excellent food, spas and Christmas markets? Then your next destination is the province of Sondrio in Lombardy.
What better place to celebrate the holiday season than Bormio or Livigno in the Alta Valtellina? On the border between Switzerland and Italy near St. Moritz, these popular mountain cities are just a few hours away from Milan. In Bormio, you’ll find two fantastic and romantic spas, Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi, where you can relax in the rejuvenating thermal waters and spa rooms, and indulge in a myriad of treatments. For lunch, try the pizzoccheri, a rich local pasta dish made with buckwheat and topped with cabbage and melted cheese, and then work the meal off with an afternoon on the ski slopes. Don’t forget to have a taste of Braulio, a classic local liquor.
In Livigno, visit the very elegant Christmas Market where you can go holiday shopping, photograph the nativity scenes and try delicious local fare. Here, too, you can ski on world-class slopes at two major ski resorts: Carosello 3000 and Mottolino. When you’re tuckered out, take a rest in one of the mountain huts and recharge with a bombardino: a hot alcoholic beverage made from zabaione, brandy, coffee and whipped cream. Livigno also has a modern spa and ice skating rink.
We highly recommend our agriturismi in the province of Sondrio for their warm and cozy winter atmosphere. Some of them have stables and offer horseback riding excursions, many have restaurants onsite with hearty local food, and all of them have gracious owners who can’t wait to host you during your stay.
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