Cervinia is located in Italy’s Aosta Valley, one of the highest resorts in the Alps, guaranteeing good snow from early November to early May. Thanks to its location on the border with Switzerland, with the stunning backdrop of the Matterhorn (or Mount Cervin as it is known in Italy), these are some of the best views you will see in any ski resort: long, tree-lined pistes and the option to ski across to neighbouring Zermatt from the resort’s highest peak – Plateau Rosà. Perfect for intermediate skiers, Cervinia is renowned for its vast terrain, over 200km of runs, made for cruising or long, leisurely skiing. While beginners will find lots to do as well, advanced skiers are advised to head over to Zermatt for more challenging runs. In Cervinia itself there are a number of stylish restaurants and après-ski bars to enjoy mulled wine or a good meal after a day on the slopes, as well as shops offering ski wear from big brands like North Face.
What To Do
Skiing on the 200km terrain. Alternatively head over to Zermatt to try the more advanced slopes.
ICE-SKATINGIce-skating on the natural ice rink in the centre of town. Thanks to the altitude this is almost always frozen.
During the summer months it is possible to ski on the glacier or simply go on walking tours to admire the Matterhorn.
ACTIVITIES IN THE TOWN
Cervinia has a good range of activities besides skiing and boarding. There’s a sports centre, cinema, bowling and amusement arcade.
Where To Eat
One of the most well respected restaurants in the region, Auberge at the Les Neiges d’Antan hotel offers excellent, seasonal food.
Nestled in the centre of town the Copa Pan is a lively restaurant with a bar upstairs. Expect steak and chips, fondue, fresh pasta and pizzas. Popular with a young ski crowd, so book a table in advance.
(00 39 01 66 94 80 85)
At the bottom of the ski run into the town centre, The Dragon Hotel is the perfect stop for a quick refuel. The English pub upstairs serves good hamburgers and French fries.
This place is almost legendary thanks to its lively atmosphere, amazing ‘Igloo burgers’ (if you manage to eat two you get your whole meal for free) and amazing views thanks to its position up on the piste. Ensure your ski route takes you there at least once on your holiday.
(00 39 1 66 94 89 98; www.hotelhermitage.com)
The Hotel Hermitage’s Michelin-star restaurant, La Chandelle, is a must-visit. The food is delicious, the waiters charming and the wine list extensive. Relax with a good bottle of Italian red and a selection of antipasti while taking in the mountain view.
LE VIEUX GRENIER
(00 39 01 66 94 82 87)
The beautiful candlelit dining room in Le Vieux Grenier Restaurant serves wood-fired pizzas, home-made pasta dishes and delicious desserts.
Perfectly placed by the gondolas at Plan Maison, Tuktu sits next to pretty much all the main lifts and is the perfect place to enjoy a fine-dining experience on the slopes while planning an afternoon’s skiing. The restaurant has a self-serve cafeteria if you prefer a quick fix but the seafood pasta, carbonara, specialty duck pasta and meat dishes of the main restaurant should be tried. The restaurant also has a full bar with a good wine list.
The only club to go to in town is luckily, also the most glamorous. Spread over two levels with large bars and huge speakers playing the latest house, R&B, international and classic music as well as live band performances throughout the season.
The popular Irish pub at the Hotel Grivola has an après ski happy hour every night attracting large crowds. The pub has a wide selection of beers on tap and different cocktails and is open until 2am for late-night dancing.
THE DRAGON HOTEL
(00 39 01 66 94 80 85)
The Dragon Pub has a small Welsh pub upstairs and a fun and friendly English pub downstairs serving beers and bar snacks until 2.30am.
Good for a quiet drink by the open fireplace in this cosy bar.
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