Corbusier described the rose pink Dolomites as the ‘best architectural masterpiece in the world’. Hemingway used to drive his open top Buick from Venice to Cortina, arriving with his beard covered in icicles just in time for an aperitivo at the legendary Hotel de la Poste. Yet, despite these famous visitors, skiing in Italy is thankfully still fairly unknown compared to Switzerland, Austria and France.

Considerably, more laid back and fun – the pistes surrounding Cortina are positively empty as 70% (yes that’s 70%) of all winter visitors don’t ski at all preferring to ‘fare la passeggiata’ rather than exhaust themselves on the slopes. In fact, in a wonderfully Italian way, many take food and wine much more seriously than skiing and snug fitting ski suits should perhaps be avoided. From breakfast in a mountain refuge as the sun rises, to 3 Michelin starred restaurants in one small village alone, the Bellini Guide to the Italian Mountains is as invaluable a source as our guides to the city’s and other regions of Italy we love and know so well.

We are working alongside experts who have over 15 years of experience arranging the very best skiing holidays in Italy and understand ‘the Bellini Difference’.

They will match you with the best guide, know which barman makes the best ‘dopo-ski’ negroni, book you into the most popular restaurant on New Years Eve and most importantly know where the best slopes and snow are. Their knowledge of each hotel and chalet is unrivalled and like Bellini, each one has been personally inspected and the all-important local relationships established.