Exploring Europe: San Cassiano Resort Guide
The spectacular Dolomites are beautifully unique. With jaw-dropping scenery, the jagged peaks surrounding San Cassiano (also part of the Alta Badia ski area) have to be seen to be believed. An acclaimed culinary hotspot, San Cassiano and the Alta Badia ski area encapsulate a whole array of different culinary traditions and offer some of the world’ best cuisine. Here you’ll find a perfect mix of Austrian, Tyrolean and Mediterranean gastronomy – perfect for those who appreciate fine dining both on and off the slopes.
Of the villages in the Dolomiti Superski area, San Cassiano is perhaps the prettiest and most tranquil. Being so close to the Austrian border, you can expect a wonderful blend of picturesque Tyrolean charm and that famously friendly Italian welcome. Sitting at an altitude of 1,537m, the local Alta Badia slopes are within easy reach, and a wealth of beautiful accommodation and fabulous dining awaits.
Where to Eat
Often described as the “gourmet valley”, Alta Badia boasts 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, one of which – the St. Hubertus (part of the 5 star Hotel Rosa Alpina) – is located in San Cassiano. A quick glance at its menu and you know you are in for an exceptional gourmet experience. It all tastes even better when you have that guilt free feeling of ‘I’ve earned this’ after exploring the 40 km Sella Ronda circuit, accessible from San Cassiano.
The dining experience isn’t restricted to the restaurants in the village and you’ll find some fabulous dining options in the mountain huts. A Taste for Skiing is a fantastic initiative bringing together an impressive selection of world-famous chefs. Dishes are created allowing skiers to sample prestigious culinary delights carefully paired with selected local wines. Think silky handmade tagliatelle, fluffy dumplings filled with chocolate and hazelnut or a crispy apple strudel with wild berries…
Where to Stay
San Cassiano is home to several luxury properties, all with excellent facilities.
Discover the essence of quiet glamour, poised service and elegant interiors at the Hotel Rosa Alpina. The timeless décor is complimented by contemporary accents, featuring dining options from informal family dining to Michelin-starred cuisine. For pure relaxation and energising workouts, visit the spa facilities featuring a gorgeous indoor swimming pool, saunas and gym.
Skiing in San Cassiano
With the local Alta Badia ski area on its doorstep, beginners based in San Cassiano may find no need to explore the wider Dolomiti Superski area. but for mile-hungry skiers and riders, you’ll have access to 529km of varied pistes, including the world-famous Sella Ronda circuit and the epic 12km Marmolada descent, the longest slope in the Dolomites. Ski from village to village, admiring the jaw-dropping scenery as you go.
Head over to Val Gardena for some challenging long red and black runs, including the Saslong downhill slope, while expert skiers can try the array of off-piste routes with a guide.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to visit the Dolomites yet, you’re in for a treat. The scenery in this region is some of the best you’ll ever find, which is in itself enough reason to visit. With first class hospitality, delicious cuisine, high quality accommodation, huge ski areas and beautifully cosy mountain huts, there are so many reasons for making this region top of your list to visit.
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