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DISTRICT OF APPENNINO BOLOGNESE TOURISM: BEST OF DISTRICT OF APPENNINO BOLOGNESE

CORNO ALLE SCALE, WHERE THE SKI CHAMPIONS HAVE BUILT UP!

written by Alexandra Evans

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For the foreign tourist skiing in Apennines, at first looks a bit strange idea. No always frozen Alpine Glaciers areas, no appealing Dolomite peaks, jet the mountain range hides some pearls among the Italian ski resorts, known only to the local people.

One of them is mountain Corno alle Scalle ( 1 945 m ) in the community Lizzano in Belvedere, near Pistoia.
The downhill runs on this mountain and the neighbour resort Cimone served as a trainee ground for the famous Italian athlete Alberto Tomba. The slopes form as a kind of huge natural amphitheatre which stretches from Corno alle Scale to Lake Scaffaiolo, the runs are rather short, but very demanding, most of the red ones have black parts, good for perfectioning the downhill skills.

But the ski resorts is suitable for skiers of all levels, most of the runs feature the artificial snow support, and the lifts are prepared to serve up to 10 000 persons per hour.
There is also the snowpark with separate ski lift, the ski school and the special area for children – Baby Park with bouncers opened at the end of the weeks.
For cross-country skiing are two rings: one of 4 km, accessible by chairlift “The Huts” and one for beginners, close to the refuge “Cavone". Beside the fresh mountain air, and the presence of the National Park also the convenient location attracts the visitors.

The ski resort Corno alle Scale is located between Bologne ( 70 km distance ) and Florence ( 85 km ) and can be reached by the coach or the railway, which goes to the train station Porretta Terme, from where the local bus departures to Lizzano in Belvedere (ATC line 776).

The three ski resorts Corno alle Scale, Abetone and Cimone form the big ski carousel in the Apennines and may offer a good alternative for spending the winter holidays against the overcrowded Alpine resorts.

CAMPIGNA, RELAX AND SKI IN THE CENTRE OF ITALY

written by Chiara Guzzetti

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Campigna is a favourite site for hikers and all types of skiers.
Staying in Campigna means being in one of the vibrant and most famous centres in the heart of the national park of Casentino; in fact, a thick and complete network of paths unfolds from the small town centre offering a full immersion into the forest.

Campigna has hotels, holiday farmhouses and lodges that accommodate 120 people, as well as structures that provide and disseminate information, such as the Villetta di Campigna, a park information point, the small forestry museum and the nature trail dedicated to the environments of the fir-woods.
Refreshment areas, stop-off areas for cars and campers, a tennis court and soon a children’s playground offer those discreet small comforts that help to make an outdoor holiday enjoyable.

When most people think of Campigna they think of snow and skiing: the 2 Montefalco runs and the Fangacci school slope. They represent a good starting point for tourists approaching skiing and meet the needs of the many lovers of a sport which is deeply linked to nature.
Campigna is in fact the only resort in Romagna and in the Casentino with such a complete natural and snow sport offer.
In addition to downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding, Campigna offers many other activities such as cross-country skiing excursions, ski mountaineering and the modern version of snow racketing; these activities combined with the charm of snow covered trails and the magic of the frost embroidered on the twisted beech trees on the ridge entice visitors to enjoy this ‘sea of trees’ called Campigna even in the heart of winter.

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