Taking advantage of Italian mountain resorts in the summer to hike and trek through lush, green scenery is wonderful, and Cervinia in Italy offers some great routes. From easy walks lasting only a few miles to harder trips doable in a day, here is Europe-Mountains’ pick of the best hiking routes in the Breuil-Cervinia region, in Italy’s Valle di Aosta. You can get details and maps for all of the following at Cervinia’s information centre – these are intended to give you a few ideas.
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Following on from our previous articles on the most difficult ski runs to be found in the Alps, we now turn to Italy to see what this magnificent country has on offer. Italy isn’t as well known for its heart-stoppingly difficult ski runs as the other Alpine countries, but you can still find one or two – or, in this case, several – to amuse yourself and test your thigh muscles and bravery. Read on for our pick of the hardest ski runs throughout the Italian Alps and Dolomites.
Pista Alberto Tomba, Vigo di Fassa in the Val di Fassa
Up in Vigo di Fassa you’ll find a consistently steep black slope which burns up your thigh muscles and develops into a tree-lined run. This is the Pista Alberto Tomba, or the Tomba for short, a 2km run named after the Olympic technical skier, who used to train very frequently in Vigo di Fassa. Alberto Tomba, whose nickname was Tomba la Bomba (which means Tomba the Bomb, rather than “Tomba Who Tumbles Down Mountains” as it sounds) won three Olympic golds, two World Championships and nine World Cup season titles. He can still be found skiing for pleasure in this area. On an interesting note, Vigo di Fassa is a mountain village in which 85% of the inhabitants natively speak Ladin, an unusual language derived from Latin but took a different path to Italian – keep an ear out for the locals talking.
The Pista Alberto Tomba is steep but it’s fairly wide – get an idea of it here:
The good people behind the Flying Fox XXL in Leogang, Austria, make a good point: Remember zooming across the playground on a flying fox when you were a kid, and how exhilarating it was? Why should you lose that sense of rushing through the air, of being able to fly, just because you’ve grown up? Enter the Flying Fox XXL – a 1.6km run over the mountains, forests and hills, 143m in the air, travelling at up to 130km an hour, making it one of the longest and fastest cable rides in the world.