VAL DI FIEMME – OUR FAMILY WINTER HOLIDAY

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As a family, we love to get out and see the world. I think it’s important to introduce children to other cultures. Teach them about life outside their immediate neighbourhood. I was fortunate to be travelling from a young age. I especially loved exploring Europe with my parents and siblings. For many years we would venture on an annual winter break and I learned to ski from the tender age of six. However, I was never fearless like the others. Although I do enjoy going down the slopes and taking in the beautiful scenery of snowy mountains. We visited France, Austria, Switzerland and even went all the way to Canada one year, yet I had never tried skiing in Italy. Until this December!

We were kindly invited to visit the beautiful region of Val di Fiemme in the Dolomites. A couple of hours’ drive from Venice or Verona airport in the northern part of this beautiful Mediterranean country. There are plenty of car hire options at the airport. It’s all easy to organise from home. Both Easy Jet and British Airways fly directly from the UK, so a journey to the Dolomites can swiftly be arranged.

WELCOME TO A WINTER WONDERLAND IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

As we made our way from stunning Venice we were met with an ever-changing scenery. From traditional Italian villages at the foot of the mountains to the snow-covered vines as we drove up and up. Unlike in the UK, they are so used to dealing with the snow here that all major roads are soon cleared making the drive easy and comfortable. There is a fantastic community spirit. We saw neighbours helping each other shovel snow and clear paths allowing traffic to flow.

Val di Fiemme is a perfect family holiday location. From child-friendly hotels and impressive restaurants to an amazing range of activities ensuring there is plenty to do no matter the weather. The snow in itself will be a huge attraction for kids and Caspian loved having snow-ball fights with us. Not to mention Mummy and Daddy’s undivided attention. This is one of my main reasons for taking a holiday. At home, it’s easy to get caught up with work and everyday life and so you forget to live in the moment and enjoy spending time together. Even a few days away leave you feeling invigorated and refocused.

I was comfortably dressed in amazing outerwear from Norwegian brand Helly Hansen. Perfect for on and off the slopes.

BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN VILLAGES WITH PALACES AND LOCAL ART

We were truly taken aback by the beauty of the villages in Val di Fiemme. Especially Cavalese is worth a visit and also a great location to stay with many inviting hotels. The newly refurbished Orso Grigio is an excellent choice and located centrally in this little town. They serve spectacular food, too. You can read more about hotels and restaurants in my next post on Val di Fiemme.

The beautifully town of Cavalese, Val di Fiemme, Italy 

We took one of the horse-drawn carriages for an open-air tour of the sights of Cavalese. Including passing a remarkable church and the inviting Christmas market. We also had a guided tour of the old Magnifica Comunità Palace. It holds an interesting history and displays exhibitions of local art, traditional and modern. This area is known for its wood which was used for amongst other things the Stradivarius violins and cellos. The pine timber is amazing and is what has made this place. A fascinating visit and the palace also caters to children with fun and educational activities all year around.

A WORLD OF FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN VAL DI FIEMME

Speaking of activities, then this is a fabulous area for families as there is a world of offers on your doorstep. There are ski busses running all day ready to carry you from your hotel to the slopes. Experienced ski instructors will teach you and your little ones how to conquer the snowy pistes.

You can rent all gear including both alpine and nordic skis, helmets and boots. The shop is conveniently located at the foot of the slopes in Bellamonte-Lusia, one of the ski areas, so you can get straight on the lifts and up the mountain once kitted out. If the youngest members of your family are not quite ready to tackle the slopes, then there is an impressive nursery, too. Daddy Long Legs and Caspian enjoyed a couple of hours of play while I went skiing. There’s an outdoor playground as well as an inviting indoor space and according to my other half the cleanest play area he has ever seen.

Playing in the snow in Cavalese, Val di Fiemme

TIME TO RELAX WITH A SWIM

When you a ready for a relaxing time then head to the public wellness centre in Cavalese. It was recently refurbished and boasts several pools including two especially for families/children and a thrilling waterslide. Relax in the outdoor hot tub and take in the splendid panoramic view of the snow-covered mountains. It also has steam rooms and a sauna, changing facilities with lockers, showers and hair dryers. A day ticket is €20. I went in with Caspian while Daddy Long Legs was pleasantly surprised by the proper Italian cappuccinos at the cafe which overlooks the pool area.  He remarked that the British high street coffee chains have nothing on this place when it comes to crafting a delicious cup of milky coffee.

Swimming at the wellness centre in Cavalese, Val di Fiemme, Italy

Due to heavy snowfall we, unfortunately, missed out on a few things. One was a visit to the Dragon Forest which has an inviting family-friendly walk and sounds like an enchanting experience. We hope to go there next time we visit Val di Fiemme.

The snowny scenery in Val di Fiemme, Dolomites, Italy

WELCOMING VILLAGES WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED

As we visited over the Christmas break everything naturally felt very festive and places were beautifully decorated indoors and out. The intimate and enchanting Christmas market in Cavalese is worth a visit offering local specialities and traditional Italian treats to take home.

Christmas market in Cavalese, Val di Fiemme, Italy

If you worry your children are too young for this sort of holiday, which I will admit crossed my mind, and might not remember it later in life? Then think about the fact that sometimes it’s more about the moment than memories! Memories are brilliant and seeing the wonder on your little ones’ faces as they experience everything around them will stay with you forever, plus they will have a special magical treat in that particular moment which is so important, too. Teach them to live in the now!

Young boy experiencing proper snow for the first time in Val di Fiemme, Dolomites, Italy.

Caspian was warm and comfortable in skiwear from Swedish brand Polarn O. Pyret. This meant he could enjoy time playing in the snow without getting wet or cold. 

Stunning view in Cavalese in Val di Fiemme, Trentino, Italy

As mentioned the region of Val Di Fiemme, Trentino is located a 2,5-hour drive from Venice and just under a 2-hour drive from Verona in northern Italy. You can book with Easy Jet and British Airways from major UK airports and rent a car through many of the international rental companies. We took our car seat although it’s also possible to have one added to your rental reservation. The ski season here will run until the end of March but it’s never too early to start planning for next year! For more information go to Visit Trentino.

If you are looking to book a trip to Val Di Fiemme then don’t forget to come back to my next post on where to stay and eat while visiting this part of Trentino. 

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22 thoughts on “VAL DI FIEMME – OUR FAMILY WINTER HOLIDAY

    1. We stayed four, which I thought was too few. I think five as a minimum but longer if you can. It’s so beautiful there so easy to create beautiful photos.

  1. Gosh this looks just amazing! I went Skiing in Italy absolutely years ago with the school and I remember it being really wonderful. I am not a skier but you have totally made me want to go here!

    1. This is the perfect location for families of different skill levels. Plus there is so much more to do than just ski. Hope you get to revisit Italy soon. Plus the skis have improved massively in recent years, so it’s much easier than when I last went more than 10 years ago.

  2. It looks so beautiful. I have never been skiing, I think I would probably spend my whole time taking photographs! It’s great that there are lots of other things to do as well as skiing. What a lovely place to visit

  3. Wow, wow, wow Nadia! Your pictures are so gorgeous and it looks like you had an amazing holiday. I didn’t realise something like this was so close to Venice airport! When I think of Venice I think of warm weather and delicious gelato. We’ve been so keen to do a ski holiday and to see some snow for such a long time now. We never get snow where we live in Cornwall and we’ve been trying to find a place to stay over the past few months, but everywhere we’ve been searching (mainly the Alps) has been sold out. I’m off to check the availability of this place now. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I saw the food on your vlog too, so delicious. It’s great to hear you had such a great time. I 100% would want to check out the wellness centre and the Dragon Forest. A shame you didn’t get to go to it this time around. xx

    1. This would be such a great place for you guys, especially as you know Venice and it’s such an easy drive from there. As you can see there are lots of things to do on top of skiing.

  4. This is so inspirational. Gorgeous photos, too. We are thinking about a family ski trip and I hadn’t considered Italy, but it looks absolutely wonderful. I look forward to the next post. Thank you for sharing this. Will show my husband later.

    1. I can highly recommend and I suggest looking at the links at the end of this post. Next one on hotels and restaurants coming soon. Let me know where you decide to go?

  5. Oh wow it looks absolutely beautiful! Lewis loved skiing so much last year and is going again in March, but he is desperate for us all to go! I think my children would be so excited to see all of that snow!!

  6. Looks like you had such a great time Nadia! I love the fact that there’s something for all the family to do. Would love to take the boys there some day! xx

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