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Anybody knows these Alps cities?

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1. Posted by chimomu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

I would like to know if anybody knows or lives in these Alps cities or surroundings, please:

Annecy, Chamonix, Aosta, Cuneo, Lugano, Locarno, Bolzano, Trento, Belluno...

I have been looking for information in internet but it will be much better for me to know this from people who live, has travelled or stayed for a period of time there.

I am interested travelling there and maybe living in one of those places so I would like to know:
- atmosphere
- climate
- size (number of habitants or people living there)
- environment
- services
- job opportunities
- spare time and culture activities

If you know something about this, help me, please.

Many thanks to all and have a good journey.

2. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

Chamonix is a great place if you love the outdoor life. The winter is spent skiing/snowboarding and summer is spent rock climbing, hiking and biking. It constantly has active tourists there so never gets dull, although it is a very small place quite far away from a city etc, so it depends if you don't mind having only a few night spots to visit. As its a top tourist destination, I'm sure there are quite a few holiday jobs available there.

Lugano and Locarno are really nice places too, situated by Lago Maggiore. Its much more Italian than it is Swiss and the bars and clubs are quite good. Not sure about jobs though.

Thats about all I know. Been to trento but can't remember much about it to be honest. Do remember that it was pretty but didn't have enough time there to get a feel about it.

3. Posted by chimomu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Thanks very much for your answers.

-I was in Chamonix too but it was many years ago (1987) and I didn´t remember quite well the place and its conditions.-;)

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Well, your all over the southern Alps here going west to East, and seems you are mostly interestd in the Dolomites of Italy.

Chamonix, France is a premiere ski resort town that is a World Cup host. It is regared by many as the top resort in France. Winter time is the right time here, but glaciers allow for snow sports all year round. Aosta is in Italia and is a bit more like a city.
The swiss cities of Lugano and Locarno are in the itlian speaking canton of Ticino. If I have the money for it then I would no doubt want to retire in Lugano. Sitting on the Lake it is incrediable picturesque. Nightlife is limited since it is more old people civilized evenings of good food and drink. not that big either. to walk around and enjoy for a day it is really nice. Locarno is a twin city with Alcona. both are alot younger, I had a really good party weekend there not to long ago. There are a few good punk style rock clubs aswell and the party usually lasts until the morning. both these citise use the beauty of the lake reather then the mountains to attract tourists and are more or less cities where Chamonix is really a ski and sports resort centre. Bolzano,Italia sits more in the flat basin at the edge of the Dolomite mountains (hence the province name of Alto Addiggio or "On the edge") a good stop off from Venice on the way to Western Austria (Innsbruck or St. Anton. It is a real Itlain town with the feel of Austria all around, This was a part of Austria prior WWI. They have a museum with a frozen cave man that is over 5000 years old, he looks good and is preserved with a big exhibit dedicated to his story. Never bin to Trento but is is close to Slovenia and a good stop off if you want to see the most advance of the former Yugoslav countries, and only Eu member. now I want to use this

5. Posted by chimomu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Thanks very much, Jeff.

¿Do you know anything more about Bolzano, Belluno or Dolomites cities and Aosta too in relation with opportunities jobs, echonomic and social/culture life...?

Thanks again.:)