At the foot of the alps, where Italy meets with France and Switzerland, is Piedmont. With the Aosta Valley as its neighbour, these two regions bring us the finest in wines, stunning Italian estates and countryside charm.
Piedmont, as its name may suggest, lies at the foot of mountains. With the Alps cornering it on three sides, the scenery is beautiful and dramatic. And though many may only venture to Courmayeur for the snow, the region has offerings throughout the seasons. Notably hiking through its lush mountains, and spending a few nights in the capital, Turin, where you can admire the great works of the Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical amongst others.
Inching closer to the borders with France and Switzerland is the Aosta Valley, with a unique blend of French and Italian cultures called Valdostan, offering a different take on cuisine linked to the Alpine regions of France. Here too is where the best snow sport conditions on the continent are found. Follows the breathtaking trails of the Pavillon du Mt Frety Nature Oasis amongst others. Visit the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea, and you may be lucky enough to spot marmots, deer and ibexes among the brightly coloured flowers.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Situated on the south side of the Matterhorn, the Cervinia ski resort is one of the highest in the world, peaking at 4,000 metres, and one of the few to cross the Italian-Swiss border. The Hermitage, this grand chalet has been designed in the purest of mountain traditions, with interiors of warm brown wood, and equipped with a spa to relax in after a day of intense skiing.
Just a few steps from Lake Orta, Villa Crespi is a spectacular property built in 1879. The villa’s arabesque architecture, stunning gardens and the hospitality of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia make a stay here magical. From Villa Crespi you can contemplate a magnificent Italy, just 45 minutes away from Milan Malpensa: the medieval village of Orta and the Island of San Giulio, the famous site of Sacro Monte, and the Lake Maggiore.
In the heart of the Piedmont vineyards and the white truffle region, this former Franciscan monastery was transformed into the Relais San Maurizio, a place dedicated to the wellness of body and soul. Every suite offers a different view of the Langhe hills, designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. The spa offers thalassotherapy, in a former salt cave.
Located near the Via Roma shopping area in the center of Courmayeur, the eco-friendly Le Massif offers rooms and suites, all with a modern-Alpine aesthetic and windows framing spectacular views. In addition to its highly professional wellness offerings and full-day Kids Clubs, the hotel and its chalet—situated on the slopes of Mont Blanc—are ideally located for enjoying the mountains, whether that's hiking during the summer or skiing in the winter