Many of you may not have heard about this region of Italy but we would encourage you to take a look at Abruzzo for your ski holiday. Abruzzo has some great skiing at very affordable prices as well as offering a genuine Italian experience. The first question you may have is “where is Abruzzo”? Well, it’s located right in the centre of Italy between the Adriatic and Tyrrenhian seas and is one of Italy’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions. Abruzzo’s mountain range is part of the Apennines and the landscape is really quite different from the Alps with gently undulating hills and beech forests reaching to over 1,500m. There are several national and Regional Parks within its boundaries and 16 separate ski areas, although we concentrate on the biggest and the best.
The Ski Areas
It’s true that most people think of the northern Alps when thinking of skiing in Italy, but the 5th largest ski resort in Italy is actually found in Abruzzo. In recent years the ski area of Alto Sangro has made considerable investment in lifts and snowmaking and with over 110km of piste, it’s now a rival to any of the Italian Alpine resorts. With runs to suit all abilities and a great snow record the Alto Sangro ski area is a great destination.
For those looking for a ski resort conveniently near to Rome then Ovindoli is the best. The ski area has about 25km of runs so it’s best suited to beginners, families or to those wanting a short break.
Campo Felice is another resort located about 20 minutes drive from Ovindoli and with lovely wide open pistes. For those with transport, these two ski areas together provide enough skiing for several days, even for intermediates.
Where to stay
Abruzzo offers the visitor a genuine Italian experience with a warm welcome and wonderful food and wine. In our opinion, ski holidays are not solely about the skiing (although that is very important!) but also about experiencing the culture, the food and meeting the people.
Where you decide to stay on your visit to Abruzzo will depend on how near you want to be to the slopes, whether you prefer to eat out in the local restaurants and what you look for in a hotel. So have a look at our accommodation pages and browse our resorts and hotels. Please do contact us if you’d like to have a chat about what would suit your party.
What they say in the press
Abruzzo has been a well-kept secret for years but it is gradually being discovered. See what the press are saying with articles from The Guardian, AOL, The Independent and the Hackney Gazette.