Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis Relaxing? Active? Maybe adrenaline-filled? Whatever your ideal mountain holiday looks like, find out which of these 10 places fits you the best.

One salient peculiarity of travelling to Italy, is the pair “great variety- small distances”. And this is true also if you’re going to spend a summer mountain vacation in the majestic, dreamlike sceneries of the Alps. These mountains are perhaps at their most spectacular during the warmer season, when the snow-capped peaks and the green valleys below provide stunning and contrasting views. The entire mountain range covers a total distance of approximately 750 miles and every single area has its own particular allure, offering different ways to experience the mountain, in quite small distances. Are you looking for the highest peaks? Choose the Val d’Aosta region, with the Mont Blanc massif. Are you interested in wildlife and untamed nature? The Stelvio National Park is ideal for you. Are you dreaming of breathtaking mountain panoramas? The Dolomites offer the most dramatic landscapes in the world.

Whatever your destination, a summer holiday in the Alps promises to be rich with fun and sports activities. Not only you’ll find everywhere wonderful hiking and walking trails, but you can also explore nature all around through cycling, horseback riding, golfing, mountain and rock climbing, river rafting and paragliding if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Not to mention all the lakeside watersports. The opportunities to relax are many too: get pampered in a comfortable chalet’s spa, go shopping to discoveri great local wines, art and craft, try some delicious gourmet restaurant, or just sunbathe enjoying the sight of flowery meadows and the sound of cowbells and mountain creeks around you.

Find out which of these places fits you the best and start planning your mountain holiday in the Italian Alps.

1 - Cortina d’Ampezzo (Veneto region), at an elevation of 1,224 m (4,016 ft) above sea level, lies in a scenery of unmatched beauty, which has earned it the title of “Queen and Pearl of the Dolomites”. The town seduces jet-setters and celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and the film industry every year. Cortina also offers a wide range of cultural and gastronomic experiences at the highest level.

2 - Courmayeur (Aosta Valley region), at an elevation of 1,224 m (4,016 ft) above sea level, this old-fashioned but stylish town is located at the foot of the Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in the Alps) and is crossed by the Dora Baltea river.

3 - Madonna di Campiglio (Veneto region), at an elevation of 1,522 m (4,993 ft) above sea level, is the main point of access to the Brenta Dolomites, Unesco World Heritage Site. It offers many activities and services dedicated to the families with children in a natural scene of incomparable beauty.

4 - Ortisei (Trentino Alto Adige region), at an elevation of 1,230 m (4,040 ft) above sea level, is a charming village of the gorgeous Gardena Valley, in the heart of Dolomites. It’s an ideal starting points for excursions and also the venue of numerous cultural, musical and sporting events during the summer season.

5 - Merano (Trentino Alto Adige region), at an elevation of 325 m (1,066 ft) above sea level, is a vibrant spa town embraced by South Tyrol’s impressive mountains and blessed by an exceptionally mild and sunny climate, so that the snow-covered peaks of the glaciers form a unique backdrop to the palm trees and exotic plants of the beautiful gardens in the old town.

6 - Bormio (Lombardy region), at an elevation of 1,225 m (4,019 ft) above sea level, is surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Rhaetian Alps (several exceed 10,000 feet in height) and nestled in the Stelvio National Park, the largest protected area of Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

7 - Livigno (Lombardy region), at an elevation of 1,816 m (5,958 ft) above sea level, lies in an enchanting valley near the Swiss border. Here the prestigious high street, duty-free shopping experience combines with the surrounding pristine high-altitude mountain landscape.

7 - Breuil-Cervinia (Aosta Valley region), at an elevation of 2,006 m (6,581 ft) above sea level, is an Alpine resort at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn. It’s one of the few ski resorts that can afford and guarantee to ski even in summer, on the Plateau Rosà glacier.

9 - Champoluc (Aosta Valley region), at an elevation of 1,568 m (5,120 ft) above sea level, is located in a large sunny valley ,with a glacier backdrop that encloses it. It’s a genuine Alpine village at the foot of the Monte Rosa massif (the second highest mountain in the Alps).The Mont Blanc at sunset from the helicopter.

10 - Badia (Trentino Alto Adige region), at an elevation of 1,230 m (4,040 ft) above sea level, is the village that gives the name to the Badia Valley. Here you’ll find a UNESCO picture-perfect natural landscape, surrounded by the natural reserves of Fanes-Senes-Braies and Puez-Odle, and by the mountain groups Sella, Sassongher, Cunturines, Sasso Santa Croce and Gardenaccia. You can glide with the cable cars up the mountains for great excursions

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by Arianna on Jul 3, 2017