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Let it snow - Italy and Verona on ice

Verona winter
According to statistics, the whole of Italy has been experiencing its most snowy winter for over 20 years, which is excellent news for skiers and those who just love those winter wonderland scenes.
Venice Lagoon covered of ice

In Veneto there has been a chill in the air, in places Venice lagoon has almost frozen solid, and local Italians are telling tales of the last time this phenomenon occurred. In the winter of 1929 it was possible to walk out, right onto the lagoon, and on the Grand Canal, the ice made its own crossing in front of the Rialto Bridge.

Ice and snow in Venice canals

Ice on the Venice lagoon
This week in the wine lands, locals and visitors have been enjoying tobogganing through the vineyards, as well as taking part in other wintry pursuits, there are snowmen everywhere. But if it’s snow for skiing you’re looking for, then there are quite a few resorts within an hour and a half of Verona’s airport, and even more within two hours.
Iced Venice canals 

Altopiano della Paganella Ski Resort
At an altitude of 1040 metres, the resort of Altopiano is best for intermediate skiers, with 13 red runs. The resort also offers 1 black run and 4 each of blue and green runs; the highest lift reaches 2130 meters, and the lowest piste is at 1000 metres. There are also 50km of cross country trails.

Fai della Paganella Ski Resort

At just 10 metres higher than Altopiano della Paganella, Fai della Paganella is also an excellent alternative for intermediates with exactly the same number of runs covering 18km of downhill skiing, and 35km of cross country routes.

Italy covered by snow and ice - sat view
Piazza Erbe covered by snow

These resorts and those a little further away in the Dolomiti Superski area, which includes Cortina, can create the perfect twin centre combination. Why not spend a few days searching out the wonderful, historic sights of Verona, before moving into the mountains and one of the ski resorts to get your fix of culture and sport all rolled into one.

Verona covered by snow - view from Castel San Pietro

This week has seen the return of blue skies and slightly warmer temperatures during the day, and chilly, frosty nights Warm clothing is essential, but wrap up in a hat and scarf and enjoy a truly winter perspective.

If you decide to visit Verona and miss out on seeing a blanket of snow, don’t despair, you can experience snow of a different kind at the Snow Japanese restaurant in Villafranca di Verona!


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