Where to see snow near the main Italian cities?
Hello! Today we are going to talk about Italian winter, specifically, about snow! Many tourists like to travel in the winter, just to be able to see the cities dressed in white! It is good to know that if you think about making snowmen, play “angel” lying in a fluffy white layer or, literally, play in white hills that look like cotton candy: forget it! In some Italian cities, snow only serves to cover some “details”, that is, it doesn’t snow as much and often, it doesn’t even snow in winter! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Contrary to what many people think, while it snows the cold is not that unbearable. A tip to warm your hands: bury them in the snow! Then take it off, dry it and put your gloves on, the cold snow will make more blood circulate in your hands and they will warm up more easily! Click Here for Tips on what to do during the winter in Italy?
Important to Know
First of all: if you rent a car to travel in Italy during the winter, be careful on the roads and streets, because even if there is no snow, the streets usually have a thin layer of ice and this can be dangerous for those who are not used to driving in these conditions! The best thing to do is to opt for public transport, O.K.?! Find out here: How to drive with snow in Italy?
1) Where to see snow near the main Italian cities? ROME
Rome is one of the cities with less snow, the last snow that fell there was in 2018 and even then, nothing surprising! When it snows in Rome it is an event, but after a few minutes the Romans are already complaining! However, close to the city, there are some excellent places for those who want to “play Elsa” and sing “Let It Go” without mercy! (lol) The most famous place is Livata Hill.
Public transport in Rome
Getting to Livata Hill by public transport is not difficult, but remember that ski slopes tend to close an hour before sunset, and in the winter the sun sets before 5 pm so consider sleeping in the local. If you just want to make a roundtrip, start your day early! To get there, go to the Mamolo Bridge subway station, take the bus from Cotral company, ROMA-SUBIACO, arriving in Subiaco, take another bus to Livata. The journey takes about an hour. You can buy return tickets, at the subway station in Rome.
2) Where to see snow near the main Italian cities? NAPLES
Naples, another city that hardly ever sees snow, and when it does, it comes in homeopathic doses! The most popular place to ski near Naples is Laceno! The only problem is getting there: there is no public transport and the roads are very steep! I advise against taking the car if you have no experience on roads in these conditions, not to mention the snow! A great option is to hire a private driver. You can get there via Napoli – Bari and take the exit at Avellino Ovest, then continue on the SS 368.
3) Where to see snow near the main Italian cities? MILAN
In Milan, in spite of being a little colder in winter, the amount of snow is also not so significant, however, near there, it is possible to find fantastic places to ski, even with “baby pistes”, suitable for beginners; if you are already an expert, don’t worry: there are also many options!
One of the most prestigious and well-known ski resorts is Piani di Bobbio. The station is in the province of Lecco, in a region called Valassina, bordering Bergamo and it is incredible! The tour is worth it even for those who do not want to ski, just do something different during your stay in Milan. The skipass (ticket that gives you access to the slopes) is purchased right there and it is valid for the whole day, it is the most worthwhile and already includes the transfer with the cable car that serves to go from one piste to another. Departing from Milan take the train at ‘Stazione Centrale di Milano’ and go to Lecco station; from there, take a local bus to Barzio and ask to get off at ‘impianto sciistico di Bobbio’.
- On Saturdays and Sundays, a shuttle service called “Bus della Neve” is available; it costs approximately € 35.00 per person and daily skipass is already included!
- You can take this transfer at two points: Teatro Piccolo, at Foro Bonaparte, which leaves at 7:30 am or at the red subway line station, Sesto 1o Maggio FS, which leaves at 8:00 am. The shuttle returns at 17h00.
4) Where to see snow near the main Italian cities? VENICE
It is very difficult to find snow, snow itself in the main cities and Venice is no exception! Despite being very cold in winter, snowing in Venice is a very rare event and you have to be very lucky to see it happen! When it snows, this snow soon turns to rain and the charm ends!
Anyway, Venice is close to one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, I would venture to say, the elegant Cortina d’Ampezzo, the resort is almost the twin of the beautiful (and pride and joy of many people!) St. Moritz, in Switzerland. It is just 160 km north of Venice, and is also close to the Austrian border, the city is enchanted by sophistication in every detail: shops, streets, restaurants, hotels and its regulars tourists. It has 115 km of pistes, of all difficulties. From there you can see the impressive Dolomites; You can get there by train from Venice. Go to Calaizo di Cadore, and take the transfer to Cortina. The whole trip lasts around 3 and a half hours and I advise you to spend a night there!
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5) Where to see snow near the main Italian cities? FLORENCE
Another city where snow occasionally makes an appearance is Florence! It hardly ever snows so hard that makes necessary to keep everyone indoors, and normally the snow falls only once a year! It is one of the cities with the nearest ski resort and the blessed one is called Abetone, incredible and very famous! Getting there is very easy: from Florence there are trains to Pistoia and the journey takes about half an hour. In Pistoia, take the bus that leaves the front of the station every 2 hours; Abetone will be indicated on the bus, you will arrive there in 1h30 or so but I advise you to take a bus or a transfer. Check out our post about Abetone for more information.
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Where to see snow near the main Italian cities? To see snow in Italy, as you could see, only in very specific places and, even so, in certain periods (Usually from November to March). Despite everything, all the cities mentioned have infinite charms and, even if you don’t see snow, you will be able to see many other unparalleled and unique attractions!
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