Italian territory also includes the islands of Pantelleria, 60 km (37 mi) east of the Tunisian coast and 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Sicily, and Lampedusa, at about 113 km (70 mi) from Tunisia and at 176 km (109 mi) from Sicily, in addition to many other smaller islands. The sovereign states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and has a largely temperate climate. With 60 million inhabitants, it is the 5th most populous country in Europe. Italy is also the 4th-largest economy in the European Union, 3rd in the Eurozone and 9th in the world.
The architecture in Cervinia is not the prettiest, but look up and you see the majestic southern face of the Matterhorn. Cervinia’s strength is its altitude – 2,050m in the village and 3,883m at the top lift. Consequently it has some of the most reliable snow cover in Europe, with long blue and red runs. It’s ideal for beginners, intermediates and families. Better skiers will gravitate to the Zermatt side of the joint 57-lift ski area.
Hotel des Guides is a pleasant three-star with a lively bar in the centre of town.