Reprinted from http://visittuscany.com

3 tips to enjoy your Winter in Tuscany

by Claudia D’Aliasi

There are lots of sports and (cultural) activities to do in Tuscany during the cold and snowy season. This is the perfect region to spend your spare time in many different ways, whether you’re energetic or feeling lazy, an art or nature lover, super-frugal or shopping addicted. We’d like to give you some examples of how you can have fun and relax here in winter.

If we start our tour from the northwest, we’ll encounter Zum Zeri – Passo dei due Santi in Lunigiana (Massa Carrara), 1.200 meters high, with 9 ski slopes with different levels of complexity, three ski lifts and a children’s park. An ideal place for family holidays, the major pro of this ski resort is its panoramic view of a breathtaking landscape of snowy mountains and the Ligurian sea.

Moving a little southward, the magnificence of white Tuscany extends up to the Garfagnana valley, connecting the Apennines to the Apuan Alps. This area offers a set of hamlets and natural views that show the immense historical and cultural patrimony of our region. The Garfagnana resort includes Careggine, Casone di Profecchia and Passo delle Radici, with 15 kilometers of ski runs for Alpine discipline and 30 kilometers for downhill.

Just an hour away from Florence is one of the most important ski resorts in Italy: Abetone, on the Pistoia Mountains (1.288 meters). It offers 60 kilometers of ski runs with 21 modern systems of lifts. Its four valleys – Val di Luce, Valle dello Scoltenna, Valle del Sestaione and Val di Lima – are the perfect location for winter sport lovers at high altitude. Further illustrating its distinguished status, Abetone has been the site chosen for various European challenges and even the World Championship cup.