I'm going to Sauze with my boyfriend for a few days at the beginning of Feb. He is a keen skiier so will be skiing the whole time, and I won't be. (This is mainly because I am bringing work with me which I will be doing a lot during the day, and also because I can't afford to hire boots, skis, and lift pass etc.)
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me to do? Most of the time I will probably just take short walks around the resort as a break from my work, but maybe for one day I would do something properly active!
Specifically, I was wondering what the hiking conditions are? I have all the equipment needed for hiking, and am probably at an intermediate level. I've had a quick Google but can't find anything definitive, if anyone has any useful websites for winter hiking that would be great.
Also, if anyone can recommend any other activities that would be great. I'm into basically anything - politics, culture, history, or just generally wandering around somewhere nice if anyone could recommend nice towns that I could get to via public transport? I remember seeing quite a lot of buses there.
For what it's worth I'm experienced travelling on my own etc.
Thanks guys - sorry for the long post!
I'm Cris from Italy,I live in the Susa valley ,about 30 km from Sauze d'Oulx.
I guess you can buy a map of the valley (there are many good enough,but if you want I can check what is the best and then give you the right indication of what to take) with all the paths and tracks on the mountain.These days there is not so much snow (but it's snowing tonight!) , so I guess you could have many options for some good hike
I think you will not rent a car but actually there is a good net of transport by bus.
Very nice locations for a half a day visit are Susa,of course,with the cathedral and the Roman ruins dating 2k yrs ago,Novalesa with his ancient and very famous abbey.
Then ,one thing not to miss is the Sacra of S.Michele abbey on the top of the mountain at the entrance of the valley.
It's the symbol of Piedmont Region,and for sure it's worth a visit on a nice day with a terrific view on the valley below and on the mountains. 5 stars visit absolutely.
On the French side of the Alps,not far from Sauze (half an hour by car,obviosuly with the public transport could be a little more complicated) there is the nice town of Briancon.
If you have an entire day,Turin is now a city you could not miss.
I was born there,and I admit until 15 yrs ago it was just an industrial city with many jewels hidden and half abandoned
But in the post-industrial era,Turin seems to be reborn.
There are thousands of nice thing to do there,is a very lively city.You will enjoy for sure its old cafè with the world famous hot chocolate (try Barratti & Milano or the Bicerin absolutely)
You will probably believe to be in the eighteen century France (indeed the royal family here was oringinary from France)
If you need I'll give you more informations,feel free to ask
have a nice trip!
Thanks very much for a great response! I have spent a few days in Turin last year so I know it is brilliant!
I will look up your other suggestions, thank you very much.
You are welcome,enjoy your vacation and feel free to ask if you need something else!