Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Trentino might not immediately jump to mind when considering a winter sports break. It tends to play second fiddle to the usual suspects – Switzerland and France. Well, guess what? You’re all missing out as it’s home to the one of the most striking mountain ranges in the world.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

This alpine region is one of Italy’s most unique areas. Quite frankly I was in two minds about writing this post and keeping this secret all to myself after my recent trip.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Bordering Austria and Switzerland, Trentino is tucked away in the northeastern corner of Italy, with the limestone peaks of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site as its grand neighbour.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Always one for heading off piste (excuse the pun) I love discovering places which are not the usual haunts for holidaymakers. It delivers on the one thing all seasoned travellers crave – an authentic experience with fewer crowds.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

If you dream of la dolce vita on a winter break, I think Trentino is your place. Apart from the snow-capped Italian Alps and being home to the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda. Here are a few more reasons to place it on your winter break radar.

Boundless winter pursuits

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

The area offers an unforgettable experience for ski and winter sport lovers. With a plethora of ski slopes to suit every level and a whole host of activities to keep your adventurous side occupied.

Boredom is really not an option here. From snowboarding, ice climbing and cross-country skiing. If you have children in tow, it’s a Disneyland of winter fun, with superb snow parks, snowshoeing, iceskating and sledding.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

The girls loved ski school and learning on the easy nursery slopes. It was brilliant for brushing up on my dormant ski skills too.

Gourmet mountain huts

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Energetic days on a mountain certainly helps work up an appetite. There is no better place than a mountain refuge located high above the towns to help you refuel. It’s a magical feeling walking into the warm and cosy atmosphere whilst being surrounded by perfect wintery landscapes.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

The cuisine is rich, hearty and known for its simplicity with Slavic, Hungarian and Austrian influences too. You can indulge in classic Italian regional dishes such as pasta or polenta or fayre from other climes like spaezli and goulash. We indulged in a lot of grilled cheese on our break!

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

If by dinner time fatigue has taken hold after a day on the pistes, many of the huts offer to transport you to and from your table by snowmobile, snowcat or even a horse-drawn sleigh. I mean how cool is that?! (really need to stop with the unintentional punnery).

Dazzling scenery

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

At every turn, snowplough or corner your eyes can feast on spectacular views of the majestic Dolomites. It’s not everyday you can say you’ve skied, snowboarded, sleighed or enjoyed a snowball fight on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Even before you clip on your ski boots you’ll be wowed by the towering jagged peaks in the morning light from your bedroom window.

Walking around the charming villages with cute colourful chalets and soaring bell towers, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale. Trust me, your camera will be glued to your hand with the endless photographic opportunities.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

And you don’t need to be super active to reach some of the most incredible views, numerous cable cars in the region can take you to breathtaking peaks and lookout points.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Wine, Cheese and all the apples

Definitely don’t miss out on the region’s unique wine. It’s home to many wine growers and famed for its varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Those fond of bubbles are in luck too, its mountainous climate produces the most high quality sparkling wines using traditional methods – Apres ski just got a whole lot better.

With wine of course comes the cheese. The cows are bought to graze in the high mountain pastures, so no surprise they produce a phenomenal number of unique cheeses. Make sure you partake in some cheeseboard action. We did at every meal!

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

The area is known for its delicious apples, around four million apples of all varieties are produced each year in the Trentino valleys. You’ll see them everywhere and of course commonly used in the local desserts. Apple Strudel anyone?

Value for money

Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy

Compared to the renowned French and Swiss ski resorts, Trentino offers real value for money for a family skiing holiday whilst not compromising on the quality of the ski facilities or experiences on offer. Like I said earlier it’s a secret, so don’t tell everyone – Shhhh!

For more information go to Visit Trentino.

Have you been skiing? Where are your favourite places? Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to look out for my next post on our ski adventure in Andalo soon!


Disclaimer: We travelled as guests of the Trentino Tourist Board. All views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie. 

Clothing: the Curious Pixie’s ski wear from Dare 2beThe mini pixie’s ski wear from Muddy Puddles.



Winter la dolce vita in Trentino, Italy



  1. 26th February 2018 / 1:41 pm

    The views all look absolutely stunning! I loved watching your trip on your insta stories, could see what a great time you had and how much there was to do there.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      26th February 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Aww thanks so much Laura. It’s so lovely to hear when people enjoy the stories. I love taking people along for the ride. And yes, I’d definitely recommend it as a ski destination, so much to do.

  2. 27th February 2018 / 6:38 am

    What an incredible adventure for you and the family, the views are just breathtakingly gorgeous. We just returned from Italy (Tuscany) and absolutely loved it for a winter getaway

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Ohh I love Tuscany too. Never been in winter though. Such a great place to experience skiing for the first time as a family.

  3. 27th February 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Skiing and Italian food and wine? Perfect combination! Have heard the Dolomites are stunning as well..

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:28 pm

      Oh Aaron it’s the perfect break if you love winter activities or just good food and stunning landscapes.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Kaz it’s such a great place to kids, so much to do and see.

  4. 28th February 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Your photos are stunning! It looks like such a beautiful place. I’d love to go skiing one day x

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Fingers crossed one day you will. It’s a lovely place to visit.

  5. 1st March 2018 / 10:39 am

    This has made me very excited for our Ski trip later this month. Was speaking to a girl yesterday who loves Italy for skiing. What a beautiful collection of shots

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Ohh where are you off to? I love Italy and to be able to ski there is just perfect.

  6. Katrina
    1st March 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Looks beautiful although I’ve never been skiing and never would, I hate the cold lol

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Oh Katrina never say never. I’m not keen on the cold, but it’s a totally different type of cold, okus you kinda forget about it when you’re surrounded by such beautiful landscapes.

  7. 1st March 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I had no idea such a lush place existed in Italy, I love pasta and wouldn’t mind a huge bowl after a day of skiing, you’ve taking such lovely pictures! X

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you Olivia. I love the eating part too after all the hard work!

  8. 1st March 2018 / 10:33 pm

    I’ve never been on a ski holiday as I’d be the worlds worst skier, but I sure do admire the pretty scenery! It’s beautiful!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:34 pm

      You don’t know until you try Sabina. And that’s the best part you don’t necessarily need to ski to go. Plenty of non-skier activities to do too.

  9. 2nd March 2018 / 10:45 am

    This looks like a fun getaway. We tend to stay here in Austria and go skiing and snowboarding here as there are SO MANY options. I love it.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Well it’s not far from Austria Sheri, if you ever fancy a change you know where to go now.

  10. 2nd March 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I loved your pics over in Insta. Snow, stunning scenery and Italian food what’s not to like. Skiing Italian style sounds great. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      3rd March 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them Catherine. And yes the perfect skiing trip. Thanks x

  11. chichi
    3rd March 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Ah in all honesty i hadn’t heard of Trentino! Looks like a winter wonderland, putting on my list!

  12. 4th March 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Ooh, one thing that can make skiing even better is good cheese! What a beautiful area. We skiied on the Trentino Lombardy border, and were treated to similarly stunning scenery. It’s lovely thing to do with the family, isn’t it? Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

  13. 7th March 2018 / 9:21 pm

    This looks amazing. I’d love to take my kids skiing in Italy. In fact, I’d love to take them skiing full stop! #culturedkids

  14. 8th March 2018 / 5:31 pm

    We’ve just returned from Les Gets in France, would love to be going back. I love Italy for skiing, the food is always so nice. This place looks and sounds wonderful, one for our list next year 🙂 #Culturekids

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      9th March 2018 / 11:10 am

      Oh defintely! You guys will love it. Plus its value for money with tons of lush Italian food!

  15. 16th March 2018 / 6:56 pm

    It looks really amazing such a stunning backdrop. #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      17th March 2018 / 10:51 pm

      The Dolomites are incredible, amazing scenery everywhere. Thank you Mandi.

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