This ancient romantic hunting house, located in Venas di Cadore, has a sunny garden adorned by flowers and secular trees, ancient railings and a nineteenth-century 'berceau' where to drink a nice tea, sitting in the sunshine. From the balconies and the large terraces you'll enjoy a fantastic view on the Dolomites. The closest slopes are those in San Vito di Cadore and in Cortina d'Ampezzo (more than 180 km of first class ski), considered the pearl of Dolomites. Villa Alma is suitable for people loving traditions, like having dinner among the hunting trophies of the owners' family, sitting in the main lounge near the fire place, or playing cards in another living room with piano, with the wooden floors creaking pleasantly at each step. A sauna and an hydromassage shower, with stereo music, are very pleasant after ski and before dinner in the large diningroom! And why not having a tennis table competition after dinner? In summer season it is very pleasant having lunch or dinner in the 'gazebo' installed on one of the terraces looking to the garden. The house can accommodate up to 14 people in 7 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms, but the owners normally prefer to rent it for 8 persons with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and 3 living rooms. Rates are calculated for 8 adults.
Recreation nearby this villa: cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, paragliding, sailing, ski, swimming, tennis, walking, wind-surfing, caving, free climbing, motor bike touring, snowboarding.
Historic and art sites: Villa Alma is 12 km far from Pieve di Cadore where Titian, the most famous painter of the Venetian renaissance, was born. The house of the painter can be visited. 50 km far from the house starts the famous area of the Renaissance Venetian villas with Palladio architecture and Veronese and Tiepolo frescos. On Mount Rite, 6 km far from the property, there is the new mountain museum. 30 km. far from the house starts famous Pustertal valley with XIVth to XVIIIth century castles. Belluno, the county's main town 40 km. far from Villa Alma, offers high quality renaissance architecture and art exhibitions. Now there is an important one focused on Titian's master pieces.
Fashion, shopping and food: Cortina d'Ampezzo offers all the best in Italian garment, jewels, and accessories. Shopping in the pearl of the Dolomites is exciting. Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Gucci are just few of the famous Italian trade marks that one can pick in Cortina's shops. A variety of restaurants let our guests to profit of the various food styles offered in the surrounding of Venas di Cadore, our village. Venas itself offers La Chiusa, which is one most famous restaurants of the area. Restaurant Il Capriolo, in Vodo village, is well as one of the best for Italian 'gourmet, at just 4 km from our house. Pizzerias like da Bruno in our village, are also very goods and inexpensive.
Massimo is a senior jewels' designer, Julia is an economic journalist and their son, Riccardo,is a young tax lawyer. All the family loves sporty life, biking, trekking, skiing and having many friends sitting at the dinner table in Villa Alma. Yes, of corse, they have a dog and wellcome friends with a gentle one.
We owners love this house because it represents part of the history of the family of Julia. The property, restored more than once along the centuries, belongs to the same family since earlier than the XVIII century. We are fond of it also because there we feel near the nature with deers and other wild animals in the near forest. This old, comfortable house gives us the pleasure of inviting many friends and relatives, living in some sort of country life so well described by P.G. Wodehouse in his unforgetable novels, .But, as we are social people too, we like to spend our holidays there because, with few minutes driving or biking, we can also be involved in the special cheerful atmosphere of Cortina d'Ampezzo,
Staying in Villa Alma is a special experience. It makes you dream the life style of early XXth century, with the old portraits of the family on the walls, with the hunting and checks trophies on, the chimneys, with boiseries all around you, with thousand books in the bookcases. But sauna and hydromassage shower take you back to the present time and make you ready for next day's sports..
Trekking is a walking hike on trails or streets in the wilderness of the Ampezzo's Dolomites. Among all the ”extreme” sports that you can perform in Cortina, the MTB is surely the simplest and the most accessible. Climbing in our Dolomites is good for any level of climbers, also for non-expert ones. Skiing on Tofana, Cristallo, Faloria, 5 Torri and the many other slopes of Cortina will be some of your greatest sport experiences. Not to talk of fashion shopping, disco dancing and all the entertainment offered in the pearl of the Dolomites. At 4 km from Villa Alma and the village of Venas di Cadore there is the mountain museum of Mount Rite at 2,200 meters altitude with an extraordinary view at 360° with Mount Antelao, Pelmo, Tofane, Cristallo, Croda Rossa and Marmarole in sight. At 6 km from our property there is an excellent wellness centre, with swimming pools for adults and children, aromatherapy, finnish sauna and tennis courts. Venas has one of the best restaurants of the valley.
Other Activities: rafting, iceskating, fantastic wellness center and spa at 8 km
Golf: In Cortina d'Ampezzo there is a 9 hole golf course. In San Vito di Cadore there is a golf practising area. At Bosco del Cansiglio (40 - 50 minutes drive) there is of the most famous Alpine golf courses. At home we have an artificial approaching device for practising in the garden.
Ski: There's lots of hype about Cortina d'Ampezzo. But Cortina lives up to and goes beyond the hype. The resort is a fashionable, trendy, après-ski haven for partiers yet it's thrilling for skiers and offers some unique experiences not found anywhere else. Cortina is nestled in the Ampezzo valley near Italy's north-eastern border with Austria. It is part of the Dolomiti Superski Region that offers 1,220 kilometres (762 miles) of trails in 12 ski areas and a single lift pass that gives access to all of them. Cortina's slopes provide 140 kilometres (87 miles) of trails with 51 lifts to transport skiers to the top. All of Cortina's slopes are open to snowboarders and there is a fun park with a half-pipe. Seventy-three miles of trails are dedicated for cross-country skiers. Many non-ski activities are fun, as well. Extreme sports enthusiasts can ride down Cortina's Olympic Bobsled at 75 miles per hour. Those who enjoy less extreme sports will enjoy the resort's sledding runs.