The scenery of the Italian Alps stretches from the Mont Blanc range to the famous Dolomites, including the great lakes. It is the meeting of an exceptional natural and cultural heritage. The landscapes here are among the most enchanting in the world, especially around Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, whose sumptuous villas once attracted the aristocracy and where Hollywood stars now meet. Like them, you can swim in the blue waters of the lakes and take the boats that take you to the famous Borromean Islands. Gateways to the Alpine arc, the historic cities of Turin, Milan and Venice, but also Trento and Bolzano reveal their innumerable riches. Venice, the Serenissima with its Byzantine colours set on the sea, will be the occasion of a memorable visit. For hikers, the Dolomites offer a world of arrows and needles crowning mountains that resist, worthy and majestic, the test of time. Their well-kept valleys, as if pulled out of the ground with four pins, dusted and flowered, resemble the perfect alpine pasture images of the cartoon Heidi. These mountains are recognizable at first glance because of their special relief and the high, bare and colourful walls, which delight climbers and turn pink at sunset. The summit of Mont Blanc, which dominates the Valle d'Aosta, or the famous Grandes-Jorasses, which exert an irresistible attraction on the traveller. For the big thrill, the latter will take the Mont Blanc cable car and fly over its glacier. In short, the Italian Alps are able to satisfy the most diverse passions and curiosities: cultural (Roman remains, mythical cities), sporting (skiing, hiking), gastronomic (many varieties of cheese, cold meats such as the delicious speck, pasta dishes, ice cream, etc.), as well as oenological (the highest vineyards in Europe). Don't be surprised to hear French, German, Ladin and Italian spoken here: the Italian Alps, as natural borders, have a long common past with their French and Austrian neighbours.

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THANK YOU. Many thanks to Anne Lefevre from ENIT, Monica Neroni in Como, Paola Pancher and Chiara Del Po in Trento, Roberta Agosti, Barbara Ghirotto and Chiara Veronesi in Bolzano, as well as Jordi Bou and Laurent Mannari for their help, without forgetting Perrine Giraud of course!

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