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Featured place: Belvedere B&B, Chambons, Italy

Posted by Richard Hammond at 06:49 on Saturday 18 November 2006

The ski train to Bourg St Maurice isn't the only option for train travel to the slopes. For a more DIY low-emissions trip to the Italian Alps, take the 9.09am Eurostar to Paris, then change for the direct high-speed TGV to Turin's Porta Susa station, arriving early evening. The English owners of Belvedere B&B will pick you up and take you to their restored 16th-century Alpine "casa" in Chambons in the heart of Val Chisone, where you'll be cracking open a bottle of Beba before you think twice about the crowded pistes of the Trois Vallées.

There are three double rooms, basic but each has a private bathroom and two have mountain views. It's in the Piedmont region - so expect organic "slow food" - and many of the facilities are eco-friendly, such as a wood-fired heater, recycling and low-impact activities, including a cross-country ski circuit, which starts from right outside the front door. There's also snow-shoeing nearby in the Troncea valley. Or, if downhill slopes are just too tempting, the resorts of Sestriere and Puri (home of the last winter Olympics) are a 30-minute drive away (owners can provide transfer).

A room costs £35 per night or a seven-day introduction to snow shoeing and cross-country skiing costs £495 half-board. belvederebedandbreakfast.com, 0039 0121 884701.

This article, by Richard Hammond, was first published in the Guardian.

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Train to Italy

I’d like to take my parents to Florence and have been wondering about the train. Was interested to see from your column in Saturdays Guardian that this may be possible. Where would I need to go to find out about train times, costs etc?

Many thanks

Train to Italy

Hi Katherine, yes, it’s relatively easy to get to Florence by train. Take an afternoon Eurostar from London to Paris then catch the overnight sleeper from Paris to Florence. For train times anywhere in Europe go to http://bahn.hafas.de. The website seat61.com is also the best place to find info on train journeys on the continent. See this link: http://www.seat61.com/Italy.htm#Florence


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