Winter has officially begun, but the snow is even desired and once again is facing months without major snowfall. We can not say with certainty whether it is another exception or the new normal on by climate change. But the fact remains that the snow is becoming less and it is increasingly difficult to enjoy snowy landscapes that are not artificial.
Here then a few ideas for an alternative winter holiday to skiing, to spend days and unusual green, based on sustainability and the discovery of extraordinary places that in this time of year are not overrun by tourists.

In Liguria, sea and scent of oranges

Winter holidays in Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy

The charm of the winter sea, the largest crib in the world in the village of Manarola and poetic atmosphere await you in Liguria. This strip of land between the sea and the mountains also offers incredible scenery for our winter holidays. We can walk through the villages of the Cinque Terre, or go biking on the old railway line that connects Levanto to Framura. Or we can walk on the beach in Diano Marina (in the province of Imperia) enjoy some yoga time in the early morning, staying in the charming bed and breakfast DianoGreen, explore the Ligurian Apennines and the many nature parks or enjoy a year-round sunshine in one of the many medieval villages, such as that of  the ecovillage Torri Superiore.

In the Marches, between medieval villages and Alberghi diffusi

Winter holidays in Italy
Urbino. Photo by tongeron91 via Flickr

A region rich in traditions that offers the opportunity to experience winter holidays to suit all tastes: the Marches, and in particular the province of Pesaro Urbino prepares to parties with its markets, its medieval villages are even more beautiful and charming, the Sibillini Mountains with breathtaking views and Urbino invites us to discover its sandstone buildings, and its wall. In the ancient village of Bargni of Serrungarina Casa Oliva awaits us, a popular hotel full of charm with exclusive spa.

In Tuscany, in the warm waters of natural hot springs

Hot springs in Tuscany, a wonderful destination for your winter holidays
Saturnia’s hot springs, Tuscany

A visit to the village of San Gimignano with a stop at the Rocca Montestaffoli Park, a walk in the countryside of the Maremma with wine tastings, and then a dip in the natural hot springs of this multifaceted region. What’s better than a free pampering in a natural pool surrounded by steam and surrounded by incredible scenery? For your stay you can choose the organic farm Sant’Egle, which offers organic breakfast, clean electricity and romantic spaces.

Winter holidays in Sicily, nativity scenes and landscapes

Winter holidays in Sicily
Photo by Alessandro Rossi via Flickr

Among the most popular destinations for the summer, the island of Sicily is worth a visit even in the winter months and it seems perfect to spend an unforgettable New Year. Forget the cold days and discover the flavors, the ancient history and the pristine nature of this island so incredible. Await medieval villages that seem to cribs as Sutera or Erice, the most authentic part of the city, the Gardens of the Villa Comunale Taormina which offers the breathtaking scenery and many opportunities for nature walks. Here you can find numerous eco-friendly accommodations for your stay.

Share with us your winter holidays without snow!


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