San Cassiano, Alta Badia

Alta Badia? San Cassiano? Where are they? Alta Badia’s commune is in the Dolomite’s Val Badia. San Cassiano nestled there, goes back to the Bronze Age’s Rhaetians, later conquered by Rome. Their preserved Ladin culture includes the ancient language spoken by 94% of locals. It became part of Italy after WWI. Today San Cassiano is a secret jewel: romantically Italian, brushed with Austrian efficiency, with Michelin restaurants, some bars, the Ladin Museum, the butcher, the baker, the gourmet grocer, and town church. No fancy fashion shops here – just an ideally indulgent resort for families and foodies that doesn’t empty the bank – perfect!

And the skiing? San Cassiano is one of the twelve mighty Dolomiti UNESCO ski areas totaling: 460 lifts, 400 mountain restaurants, 760 trail miles, 5,800 snow cannons, 149,000 acres of terrain – No lines here in the largest ski area anywhere! The Great War was fought within its peaks, the first lift built in 1947. Today all are top of the line. Ski the 24-mile Sella Ronda including the carousel of lifts. Dine at Emilio Comici’s restaurant at 7,200 feet with fish flown in daily from Venice. Experience Armentarola’s solitude with WWI battlements high above and endless walls of towering ice below. Too many choices? Charlie Tessari or Luca Ferrazzi can guide you until those mighty Dolomiti turn vibrant red in the late day’s sun.

Gateway City: Venice
Transfer Time: 2 hours
Via: Motorcoach

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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
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  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
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  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
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Hotels in San Cassiano, Alta Badia

Hotel Lagacio

Pio and Margreth Carmins did years of research before opening their 24-suite hotel in ’09. Here discreet luxury meets elegant Nature with traditional Ladin elements: untreated local woods, ancient timbers, slate or wood floors, and warm-colored linen and loden fabrics. Each floor centers around a different Dolomite maritime fossil found by Pio. While the dining room serves gourmet breakfasts, dine-around dinners can be arranged and kitchenettes pre-stocked. The spa offers sauna, Jacuzzi, steam, hot tub, and an ice well. Heating is thermal, electric is solar. The Lagacio, by Nature and man, meets all the needs of our modern comforts.

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Ciasa Salares

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The hotel originally opened in 1965 as a tiny pension in a ski-in meadow hosted by the first of four Wieser family generations. Today the 47-room hotel exemplifies their passions for food, wine and mountains, order yet to be decided. The generations greet guests from the grandmother to her sommelier grandson who hosts fondue evenings in the 24,000-bottle wine cellar. The Michelin restaurant, La Siriola, is near the Cheese and Chocolate rooms where you take your pick. There are two other restaurants and a wine bar. Art graces the walls of their châlet-style ski-in, ski-out hotel nestled in the woods. Individually styled rooms have Swiss stone pine for sweeter dreams. The spa covers our needs: pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam. Ciasa is ‘home’ in Ladin so come for the service and stay a while!

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Stay 7, pay 6 on: December 12/20, 2018 plus January 6/19 & March 10/23, 2019

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