We love a self-catered holiday in Italy, as it means meals can pan out however they may. You might be out and about trying the famously good Italian restaurants, making your own spag bol in your apartment or doing a mix of both as the week goes on. Most of the apartments here are middle of the range – not too flashy or too frugal. Some come with access to swimming pools and wellness facilities, and others have ski-out locations as close to the piste as it gets.
Staying in a ski apartment here definitely doesn’t mean forfeiting La Dolce Vita – instead it frees you from the formal meal plan of a hotel, so you can sample each and every one of the area’s finest restaurants if the mood takes you (the Dolomites are glittering in Michelin-starred establishments these days). Look out for lodgings with access to a spa for some pamper-time at the end of the day. If you’re skiing one of Italy’s high-end ski towns, like Madonna di Campigio or Courmayeur, designer boutiques and piano bars make for a luxurious week all round. View our luxury ski apartments in Italy here.
In the land that produced Antonio Carluccio and Gino d’Accampo, self-catering can be a blast and an opportunity to get in touch with your inner Italian mamma. Look out for supermarket chains like Coop and Al Portico for your antipasti and pastas, while local delicatessens, butchers and bakeries are a source of regional ingredients and dishes that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Many have been run by the same family for generations, and will soon have you feeling like a local. Resorts like Kronplatz and Selva, meanwhile, often host farmer’s markets, where you can pick up local produce amongst Italian gourmands. If you like your meals paired with good Italian vino, duty-free Livigno is the place to be, where good wine can be had for a measly €3 a bottle.
But whatever you do, don’t come to Italy without trying a local restaurant at least once – eating out can be surprisingly affordable here, more so than many of the other ski nations. Whole pizzas cost as little as €6 in some resorts, and we haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t go gooey eyed over the eats in the Italian Alps…
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Italian apartments usually sleep 6 or 7 guests at the most, so they’re well-suited to small groups. Most come on a self-catering basis so have a kitchen kitted out for cooking your own meals. Prices are often lower than Italian chalets or hotels, but whether your holiday costs less overall depends on things like where/how you choose to eat.
If you like an apartment shown on this page, give us a call and we’ll take you through the booking process to secure it. We’re also on hand to provide suggestions and advice if you’re not sure what kind of apartment will work best for you.
Meals aren’t prepared by staff at the property - you have a kitchen with wherewithal to cook your own meals. This is a flexible option, as you can plan things as you fancy them – cooking, eating out at a restaurant or ordering a takeaway according to what works for you.
The Francescato Apartments in Livigno have a cracking location, right next to the slopes, less than 100 metres from the ski lift and near the ski school meeting point too. They’re also close to bars in the heart of the San Rocco area.
Most Italian ski apartments sleep 6 - 7 guests max. Francescato Ampas Apartments in Livigno had the largest units when we last checked. If you’re a bigger group and booking early enough, you can often request neighbouring apartments.
Often they have reception and housekeeping staff on site and most of our packages include resort reps too who will be available throughout the week if you need anything. Usually apartments will only be cleaned at the beginning and end of your stay.
Not often on-site, but as apartment buildings are often close to the heart of the resort, there’ll usually be a range of crèches, kids clubs and ski schools nearby. If you’d prefer a private nanny to be with the kids in your own apartment, this service is often bookable too.
Yes - if you’re happy to cook simple meals, you can self-cater and ski on a shoestring. If you want meals made for you though, staying in a catered hotel or chalet could work out cheaper than eating out in restaurants throughout your stay.