For some great day hikes in the Alps, try the valley trails on the Italian side of the world-famous Mont Blanc. There, you’ll find plenty of options that take you to stunning views and to gourmet mountain restaurants offering local dishes and wine.
The picturesque village of Ortisei sits in stunning Val Gardena, in northern Italy. With foothills rising up to the meadows and jagged peaks of the UNESCO-listed Dolomites, it’s a great hiking base. Plus, Ortiesi has a rich cultural heritage and an iconic building style that make it a compelling destination.
As the hub of the South Tyrol, Bolzano offers the chance to sample an unusual Italian-German culture. Toss in some peaceful strolling spots, museums, local markets, vineyards, and scenic hikes, and Bolzano is well worth a visit.
Turin, with its rich history, architecture, and culture, is home to some great museums. Plus, the city has some great food spots, like Eataly. Finally, only Turin has the annual “That’s A Mole” competition, which offers humorous takes on the city’s most iconic building.