Italian Alps self catering accommodation
Description of Italian Alps self catering accommodation
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Welcome to our lovely three bedroom self catering holiday home in the Italian Alps, on the Swiss-Italian border. We are about halfway between Lake Como and St. Moritz, at the end of Engadina, a beautiful valley that gets 320 days of sunshine a year.
The house is perched in a medieval village on a sunny hillside just above Chiavenna with a splendid view over the mountains. We’re surrounded by some of the largest national parks in the Italian Alps, many areas of which contain protected wildlife including: golden eagles, ibex, bearded vultures, capercaillie and fire salamanders.
The region also has some of the most dramatic granite mountains in the Alps. From nearby Soglio you can see the north face of Pizzo Cengalo (a sheer granite wall over a kilometre high), the famous Piz Badile (where mountaineering legend Cassin pioneered routes) and the spires of the Sciora peaks.
We’re also close to an abundance of fine restaurants, mountain refuges and ‘crotti’ (cave restaurants), the ideal accompaniment to walking holidays in the Alps.
Winter holidays and skiing accommodation:
For those who love the mountains but don’t like big ‘commercial’ ski resorts, our self catering accommodation is ideal for a winter holiday. You can ski from nearby St Moritz and from the Italian resort of Madesimo as well as enjoying the traditional laid back ambience of a mountain village. This is a beautiful area in the winter and we have lots of suggestions as to where to explore, where to eat as well as lots of other lovely things to do away from the slopes.
Walking holidays in the Alps:
We have been pounding the footpaths for you and written detailed descriptions of the best walks in the area. Our guide includes a range of walks from strolls to strenuous hikes, suitable for each and every season.
Suggestions for winter or springtime:
Ski at Madesimo or enjoy a day in St Moritz.
Explore in Pianazzola and Chiavenna before walking up to Crotto Belvedere for lunch in a 'cave restaurant' in front of their roaring fire.
Take a wintery walk past the ice falls of Val Febbraro.
Visit the wildlife observation centre in Orobie National Park.
Lunch in Soglio (CH) and walk to the granite peaks in Val Bondasca .
Enjoy a day on Lake Como where you can wander through the narrow streets of Varenna, before having a lakeside pizza.
Suggestions for summer or autumn:
Walk around Pianazzola and Chiavenna and walk up to Crotto Belvedere for lunch.
Lunch in Soglio (CH) and a wander up Val Bondasca to see the dizzy granite peaks.
Spend a day in the Swiss National Parks looking for golden eagles and ibex.
Sign up for a spectacular day canyoning in Val Bodengo.
Spend a day on Lake Como by way of the car ferry from Bellano to Menaggio, and then wander around the lovely gardens of Villa Carlotta.
Italian Alps self catering accommodation details:
Log fire, central heating, CD player, kettle, iron, cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dish washer, balcony / terrace area, 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 twins, sleeps maximum of 6). Linen provided and highchair available.
Family friendly: we have made the house safe for families by installing safety gates at the tops of the staircases. We have a cot and a high chair for babies and small children. There are children’s toys and wooden puzzles in the house for guests to use. There is a CD and cassette player. We can also recommend family activities in the area.
Dog friendly: We are happy for guests to bring pets provided this has been agreed beforehand.