Of the 20 regions of Italy, Valle d’Aosta is among the lesser-known components for everyone who doesn’t like to go skiing. Among skiers from all over the continent however, Valle d’Aosta offers certainly some of the finest skiing in the Alps, and Cervinia is where the best of it happens.
Situated in the far northwest of the country near the mountain border with Switzerland, Cervinia is about 2 hours drive from the main northern airport in Italy (Malpensa). The alpine town is situated more than 2,000 meters above sea level, and on a clear day, the westering sun illuminates every square inch of the nearby Matterhorn’s magnificent 4,400 meter-high faces.
The town is technically called Breuil-Cervinia, and it’s the largest ski resort with the largest total hectares of slopes on the Italian side of the mountain range. Skiing here can go on even in summertime, with the season occasionally opening even in May.
Many news reports showed images of resorts closing due to record-high winter temperatures—but not Cervinia. If in doubt, check the 24-hour webcam.
At night once the skiing is done, the town is lit up with eateries offering typically-wonderful mountain Italian cuisine with a touch of French influence such as cheese fondue.
Doing a little research will likely save visitors a few hours of confusion, as well as unlock the full potential of the area as a destination.