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This winter the Obereggen and Carezza ski areas in the Val d'Ega in the South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, are ready with 90 kilometres of downhill slopes, 100 kilometres of cross-country tracks, sledding and countless hiking trails.  At the foot of the imposing massifs of the Catinaccio and Latemar in the heart of the Dolomites, these two ski areas offer exceptional experiences for skiers of all levels including families and children.

Skiing, sledding and snowboarding, restaurants and lodges

In addition to being one of the 12 ski areas of the Dolomiti Superski, these Val d’Ega facilities are also part of the Obereggen-Val di Fiemme consortium, whose ski pass allows you to ski in the Obereggen, Pampeago and Predazzo area and in the Cermis-Cavalese, Alpe Lusia and Bellamonte areas in Val di Fiemme. In Obereggen as well as the skiing, sledding and snowboarding there are many food outlets and 12 splendid lodges with large panoramic terraces.

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Special facilities for children 

Carezza is considered the most popular ski area for families and children who can enjoy ski schools, leisure areas, a themed run and various other activities. It has also upgraded its artificial snow, offering experienced winter sports lovers and novices alike captivating slopes on which to practice snowboarding, sledding, skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Special offers for exciting days on the slopes

The Dolomiti Super Première package is valid up to 22nd December 2021 and offers one free day for every four-day stay. The offer covers accommodation, ski passes, ski schools and equipment from €307 per person in half board.  From 9 to 29 January and from 20 March to 18 April 2022, Obereggen for Families offers young skiers the opportunity to take their first steps on skis in two snow-covered parks at  €1400 for 7 nights including many benefits. 

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Discounts for young skiers

In Carezza the All Family Pass is valid from 2 to 9 January, 29 January to 2 February and from the 5 to 19 March 2022.  The 7-night package includes accommodation and free ski passes for all children under 8 years, a 30% discount for children up to 16 years and a 6-day ski pass for Fassa/Carezza.
Published in Experiences & Tips

The Blu Hotels properties ready for the winter season are the Linta Hotel Wellness & Spa in Asiago which has splendid views of the surrounding mountains, and the Blu Hotel Natura & Spa in Folgaria, a few steps from the centre of the ski resort and close to the slopes and ski lifts, while the Hotel Rezia in Bormio, a flagship of Valtellina hospitality, joins for the first time. 

Grand Hotel Misurina to open on 23 December

Opening from 18 December are the Golf Hotel in Folgaria which is directly on the ski slopes, and the Blu Hotel Acquaseria in Ponte di Legno, in the splendid setting of Mount Adamello. The last to open, on Thursday 23 December will be the Grand Hotel Misurina, overlooking the shores of charming Lake Misurina, the Sporthotel Kurzras in Maso Corto in Val Senales, and the Grand Hotel del Parco in Pescasseroli in the Abruzzo National Park, while the Blu Hotel Senales Zirm-Cristal opened a few weeks ago. 

Guaranteeing comfort and safety

All the hotels’ restaurants and wellness centers will be in operation in compliance with the measures to combat Covid. "We have hotels in some of Italy’s most famous ski resorts, and we are committed to guaranteeing the comfort and safety of our guests,” underlines Manuela Miraudo, the Group’s Events & Communications Manager.

Published in Business

Molise, Umbria and Emilia Romagna serve up the most gourmet of autumns, thanks to the king of the woods: the delicious truffle. Being first hunted and then tasted it entertains in the woods and delights on the plate. The prized truffle is the undisputed king of autumn, the protagonist of both flavours and adventures. At the Il Tartufo Restaurant in Borgotufi, the underground treasure is the key ingredient in several dishes such as the Autumn Beef Tartare and the Tortello of lamb, saffron, caciocavallo and truffle. 

San Pietro Avellana’s  Museum of Truffles

Across the beautiful lands of the Molise-Abruzzese Apennines, you can take part in guided tours to learn about the king of the woods, participating in delicious tastings with the official restaurant supplier Le Tartufaie di Ateleta. You can even visit the Museum of Truffles in San Pietro Avellana with its multimedia and multisensory exhibitions.

Truffle hunting up for UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

At the Relais Borgo Campello in Umbria winter is the ideal time to taste the precious Umbrian black truffle, harvested between December and January. This hidden gem, suspended in time, explores the slow journey between nature, history and art and the property organises exclusive truffle hunts with experts and their trusty truffle dogs. Any fragrant treasure found in the woods will then be the ingredient of honour for the delicious dinner prepared by the Relais’ chef. Among other things, the truffle hunting process is a candidate for UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2021.

Dining on truffles in the EXÉ restaurant in Fiorano Modenese

In Emilia Romagna in the Modena area up in the Apennines you can find the delicious black truffle. Chef Paolo Balboni of the EXÉ restaurant in Fiorano Modenese re-invents Italian traditions, enhancing their traditional characteristics with a flourish of imagination applied to top-quality ingredients, including the excellent local truffles. For those who like to cook the experience at EXÉ is perfect. First you learn how to make and roll out the egg pasta, then the chef teaches you to prepare some truffle dishes which you eventually eat all together. 

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Experience a day as a truffle hunter at Il Cielo di Strela

Finally, in the woods of Valtaro, in the province of Parma, from November to March you can take part in an unforgettable excursion aptly named A day as a truffle hunter. Visitors are accompanied by an environmental hiking guide, with the help of a truffle hunting dog, on the stunning grounds of chef Mario Marini’s Il Cielo di Strela farmhouse. Here they learn to identify, collect and then clean and cook black truffles. The excursion lasts about 3 hours and costs €200, and the truffle lunch that follows costs €40 per person, all inclusive.

Published in Food&Wine

The new spa Laqua by the Lake, which has adopted the Longevity Suite Method, is on Lake Orta, west of Lake Maggiore. Extending over 200 square metres it is accessible to guests without having to leave the central area of the resort. The innovative anti-ageing procedure is the result of years of scientific research into the most advanced technologies of wellness and advanced cosmeceutical products. The techniques developed are aimed at beauty, physical fitness and mental wellness programmes.

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Ground-breaking methods using cold and detox

At the heart of the anti-ageing programmes is a slowing of the ageing process through the use of cold and detoxification. The new spa, located just a few kilometres from Relais Villa Crespi, has two single treatment rooms, a couple's room, a sensory room and a cryotherapy room, and it also offers guests fitness programmes in the Matrix gym.

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Published in Hospitality

After almost two years of lockdown people can’t wait to put their skies on again, and Cortina’s Faloria Mountain Spa Resort is preparing for this long-awaited winter season with many new wellness and gourmet treats. Expanded and renovated in 2018, this 5-star property is a blend of modernity and tradition with rooms where traditional furnishings blend with the highest international standards of hospitality.   

Innovative menus using local ingredients 

The newly renovated restaurant is in the skilled hands of Chef Giovanni Gagliardo, formerly with Pagani in Salerno, the Capri Palace, and Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole. At Faloria Giovanni has the opportunity to fully express his gastronomic philosophy with a menu where tradition meets innovation.  Using local ingredients, sourced from small producers in Cortina, the menu features such delights as speck and Crudo di Sauris traditional cured meats, Fodom, Bastardo del Grappa and Imperatore delle Dolomiti cheeses and a selection of Mediterranean ingredients. 

Views over Alpine landscapes  

The restaurant, which seats 70, is inside a spectacular glass pavilion with breathtaking views of the Alpine landscape, having Mount Croda da Lago on one side, and the 1956 Olympic Ski Jump on the other.   Guests will also discover Faloria’s spa area which is a real gem: over 1,000 square meters with a semi-Olympic pool, sauna, ice fountain, caldarium, vitality pool, relaxation areas and rooms for private treatments.  

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Two special festive packages 

For the festive season the Ampezzo hotel has created two special packages: Christmas and New Year's Eve at the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort which include, in addition to the stay, a festive dinner (on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve), spa entrance and dedicated treatments.  The packages also include a super Alpine breakfast and transfers from the hotel to the main ski resorts and the city 

Christmas cheer and free spa entrance

Christmas at Faloria: including 5 nights for two guests in a double room, a welcome drink at check-in, a welcome drink in the room on arrival, a fantastic buffet breakfast, an aperitif and a Christmas Eve dinner in the restaurant - drinks not included, and free entrance to the spa including two massages to choose between: Orange and Cinnamon Aromatherapy Ritual or Candle Massage From €2,856 including VAT.

Ring in the New Year with a 7-night stay

New Year's Eve at Faloria: including a 7-night stay for two guests in a double room, a welcome drink at check-in, a welcome drink in the room on arrival, a fantastic buffet breakfast, an aperitif, a dinner and New Year's Eve Party - drinks dinner not included, and free entrance to the Spa including two massages to choose between: Orange and Cinnamon Aromatherapy Ritual or Candle Massage. From €11,873 including VAT.

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Trenord’s Snow Trains are back. These integrated train + shuttle + ski pass packages allow passengers to choose a completely sustainable journey to the main ski areas in the Lombardy region. The project is part of the broader initiative conceived by Trenord to promote sustainable tourism in Lombardy, and the destinations to choose from for the winter season are Aprica, Montecampione, Pontedilegno-Tonale and Valmalenco.

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A special offer for those who prefer to put on snowshoes

The special tickets can be used up to 10 April 2022 and include the round trip on Trenord trains from all over Lombardy to the stations closest to the ski areas, the shuttle bus service to the ski resorts - available by reservation, by contacting the telephone number on the ticket at least 24 hours in advance - and the ski pass. And for the 2021 season, there is the new Snowshoe Offer in the Valmalenco for those who prefer walking to skiing.

Don’t forget your Green Pass

The integrated Snow Trains packages can be purchased on the trenord.it website, all you have to do is indicate the date of use. The travel document does not require validation: just print it and take it with you on board. To access the ski facilities you must comply with the provisions of the authorities in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is mandatory to have your Green Pass certification with you.

Published in Transportation

Traveling means plunging oneself into unexpected landscapes and encounters, unknown places and sensations. The pandemic marks an epochal change with over-tourism a distant memory, and the new watchword is travel experience. People are looking for open spaces, meaningful experiences, and ways to explore towns and villages and smaller areas with cultural depth. 

Itinerando in the Fiera di Padova fairgrounds 29-30 January 2022

What makes a holiday unforgettable is no longer just the product, but the emotions and the memories it leaves, and this veritable boom in experiential tourism finds an outlet in Itinerando, in the Fiera di Padova fairgrounds on 29 and 30 January 2022. Very much a forerunner of innovative experiences for free time and holidays, Itinerando is the first exhibition open to the public in Italy entirely dedicated to experiential tourism.

Three macro sectors: Experiences, Destinations and Camper

From 2018 to 2020 the fair saw exponential growth and this fourth edition is preparing to answer the ever-growing demand. It is a starting point for those who want to see the hidden wonders of the Italian regions in a different, slower way, through unique and exclusive experiences closer to nature. There are three macro-sectors within Itinerando: Experiences, including everything that revolves around tourism, from emotions to travel suggestions, Destinations, for those who love to travel slowly, exploring and discovering new places and sensations, and Camper which is dedicated to those who love camping.

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Experiences with art, history, food and wine tours

The newest sector Experiences offers new ways of traveling focussed on ecotourism itineraries; for example discovering Italy’s parks or tours dedicated to history, art, food and wine. These can be done on foot or by bike. In fact, there will be particular areas dedicated to this kind of slow-walking tourism, while another area will be reserved for biking, with a wide range of cycle routes and itineraries.

Destinations and unique attractions

The Destinations sector offers evocative routes through unusual destinations and unique attractions, with the contribution of many different Italian regions. Farmhouses, consortia and tourism organizations, but also specialized media, tourism portals, bloggers and influencers, will all be present with unusual travel ideas that showcase lesser known but fascinating destinations.

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Camper, for lovers of the great outdoors 

Finally an area of ​​over 10,000 square meters is dedicated to the world of camping. In the heart of the Camper sector, visitors will be able to discover many new travel ideas, with places waiting to be discovered and innovative routes along which they can enjoy their passion for the outdoors.

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A romantic weekend in the heart of Italy, embraced by rolling hills and Umbrian nature. Let yourself be pampered in the largest spa in the region. Relax, recharge your batteries and fall in love all over again, in the atmospheric surroundings of the five star Borgobrufa Spa Resort in Torgiano, nestled in a magnificent panorama.

An exclusive private spa

If you are looking for a romantic and special couples stay, the wellness rituals in this exclusive Umbrian spa are ideal. With Source of Nature for example you can experience the Beat of Eternity ritual: a journey out of time to return to the primordial source of life. And along the way, a flute of sparkling wine and nibbles will make the experience even more enjoyable (100 minutes for €149 per person).

Massages inspired by the the elements 

Earth, fire, air and water are the four basic natural elements from which Borgobrufa Spa Resort in Torgiano Umbria, draws inspiration for its massages. Each massage is available in two versions: 45 minutes for €85 or 75 minutes for €125. Also not to be missed are the purifying and relaxing floating salt bath and the exclusive sound bath, a relaxing water treatment accompanied by the harmonious sound of Tibetan bells. The properties of salt make this experience unique, and for 25 minutes it costs €32 per person.

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A Room of the Stars for couples

Particularly evocative and ideal for couples is the Room of the Stars: dark as night, and illuminated by a multitude of bright stars, it is an environment in which you can completely relax. Then there are the Fireplace Room, the Panoramic Relaxation Area and the Sensory Relaxation Room, all of which inspire meditation, calm and relaxation through the careful use of colours, lighting and music.

All-year indoor and outdoor pool

Open all year round, the pool with heated water offers breath-taking views of the Umbrian hills, Sliding underwater doors allow you to easily switch from the indoor to the outdoor area and use the water-massage barrels and relaxation jets for your absolute wellbeing. Info: www.borgobrufa.it

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Marriott Courtyard Rome Central Park, a winning combination of convenience and contemporary luxury, is a 4-star hotel in an ideal location with views of Rome and St. Peter’s dome. The 147 air-conditioned rooms and suites have free wireless internet, WiFi and soundproof windows, there are two restaurants, a fitness centre and 11 sophisticated conference venues, on 11,312 sq ft, with natural light, ample parking and private entrances.

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Owner and General Manager Antonella Ferro says that dealing with the fallout from the pandemic has forced many changes in the industry. “After last year's drop in tourist demand – down 74.1% in the city of Rome and 71.8% in the Latium region with an estimated drop in foreign arrivals of 88%  - we are now seeing a slight recovery of domestic corporate technology and medical live events. For the recovery of international tourism, much will depend on the outcome of the measures taken around the world to guarantee safe travel.”

“We are moving from words to deeds”

“Thanks to the use of digital payments and contactless check-in/check-out and room entry, we can guarantee better health and hygiene safety - said Ferro - these are just some of the innovations we have introduced to communicate to our customers that we are ready to start again by their side, to reassure them we are moving from words to deeds.”

Engaging with the local community

“We also had time to look at the specific needs of our surrounding area, Marriott Courtyard Rome Central Park looks out on a huge green lung of parkland and woods, and how to promote the value of outdoor sports. Like encouraging our guests to take lessons in Nordic walking in the park in front of our hotel. We just hosted a charity football tournament with twelve teams of sports medicine doctors, and at Christmas we will provide meals for the poor and homeless through the Community of Sant’Egidio.”

Smart working and a 4K LED display

One of the Marriott Courtyard Rome Central Park’s meeting rooms has been transformed into a digital studio for live streaming events with the installation of a state-of-the-art 15-square-metre LED display, a seamless multimedia surface with 4K definition.  “Smart working is another evolution of our modus vivendi. We are offering members of the Marriott Bonvoy Travel programme a day pass consisting of a room from 6 am to 6 pm with a wide range of services and the technological support of our dedicated team.”


“Safety and health measures are a top priority”

Antonella Ferro believes that companies investing in new technologies will be able to overcome the crisis, and that safety and health measures are no longer an optional. “Already they are a top priority. Our hotel has the Sanix Air purification system guaranteeing a 99% reduction of bacteria and viruses. Travelers are ready to make conscious choices, and one in two tourists will reward brands that adopt policies of social and environmental responsibility.”

Published in Hospitality

With the addition of the Sentiero dei Ducati trail the Emilia-Romagna region brings the number of itineraries included in its Regional Circuit Pilgrimage Routes to 20. A slow tourism project unique in Europe, in its ability to offer complete tourist packages with guided experiences (also to be enjoyed independently), lasting either one or several days.

Discovering ancient pathways

The Sentiero dei Ducati from Quattro Castella to Sarzana, and to Luni in Liguria, consists of 11 stages on foot that cover the beautiful area once divided between the dukedoms of Modena and Reggio Emilia on the one hand, and Parma and Piacenza on the other. The route crosses the Mab UNESCO Tuscan-Emilian Apennines Reserve, which recently saw the addition of even more new land, and is one of the 70 projects included in the Reserve's Action Plan. 


Emilia Romagna holds the European record with 20 trails

Regional Tourism Councillor Andrea Corsini emphasizes: “Emilia’s walking and pilgrimage trails continue to grow, and now we have a new gem, the Sentiero dei Ducati, straddling Emilia and Liguria. This is an uninterrupted swathe of vineyards, castles, woods, ancient churches and villages, populated by a rich variety of plants, from beeches to holm oaks and from chestnuts to olive trees. There are now 20 Emilia Romagna Trails, a European record that makes our region one of the most competitive in the field of international slow tourism.”

Crossing mountain passes

The entire route is outlined by trail markers and signposts and is almost 160 km long, with an ascent of 7 km and a 7.3 km descent, from just over 150 metres asl in the Matildic village of Quattro Castella, to the over 1,200 metres of the Lagastrello Pass. Mountain biking routes are intertwined across the six trekking stages, passing from the plain to the sea and featuring some of the most impressive mountain ranges of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines up to the Apuan Alps

Through charming villages and past brooding castles 

There are other hidden gems along the route such as the Via Matildica del Volto Santo, the Via di Linari, the Alta Via dei Parchi, the Sentiero Italia Cai and the Via Francigena all of which are well-known ancient trails. The Sentiero dei Ducati also meets the Matildic Castles of Reggio (Bianello and Canossa) and the fascinating valleys of Tassobbio and Tassaro, continuing on to the top of the Tuscan-Emilian ridge at Passo del Lagastrello before descending into the upper Lunigiana, all the while flanked by charming villages and brooding castles. 

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