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.
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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