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Set amid white-tipped peaks, blue skies and green forest, Avelengo is a fairytale village in an enchanting landscape. Set out on snowshoes or skis and you’ll discover pristine piste and wintry scenery. Hiking trips will take you through mountain meadows, past traditional farms and pretty churches. While a ride in a Haflinger horse-drawn carriage is a romantic way to see the countryside – and rest weary legs. Top it all off with a pampering spa treatment and spot of fine dining back at your luxury hotel.

Ski slopes and soul-stirring scenery in this Italian alpine idyll.

Things to do

Head to the ski resort of nearby Merano 2000 and you’ll find breathtaking runs, sublime snowboarding and panoramic views. Or, go off-piste and into the countryside for some cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. If you come in summer, you won’t miss out – bring the family for a day of tobogganing year-round on the ‘Alpine Bob’.

Wrapped up in alpine countryside, Avelengo is full of natural wonders. Escape into Parco Naturale Gruppo di Tessa – which stretches from Val Senales to the Alps – to hike the Merano High Mountain Trail through lofty mountains and past lakes. As you walk, look for chamois, crag martins and even golden eagles.

With its thermal baths, vineyards and vibrant events calendar, nearby Merano blends rural culture with cosmopolitan charm. Come in search of the wine festival, flower show or exhilarating horse races. Or step into the thermal waters and scented steam baths for a spa experience like no other. Just be sure to seek out a winery to sample the local grapes – schiava is a local favourite.

Pick a clear day and find your way to Knottnkino – the outdoor ‘rock cinema’. Chestnut wood chairs are laid out like a movie theatre on a mountain plateau, for a spectacular picture of the peaks.

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