It was unfortunate that I busted on Day 1 (AK to KQ and Aces to a set), of the Italian Poker Tour, but one of the best parts about traveling to poker tournaments is that you truly cannot lose. When my two scenarios are making a deep run or seeing the breathtaking mountains of Cervinia, Italy, I realize how truly blessed I am.
This quaint little town takes its name from Monte Cervino, a mountain in the Pennine Alps, on the border between Switzerland and Italy, whose summit is 4,478 meters high (14,691 feet), making it one of the highest peaks in Europe!
Cervinia (similar to Aspen, Colorado) is bustling with life. It’s been three years since I’ve seen snow and I forgot how invigorating it could be to just inhale the fresh mountain air. The fact that we freeze to the point where we can’t feel our fingers or toes doesn’t take an inch away from the beauty.
While searching for healthy alternatives to eat (the north of Italy has many) we came across Les Neiges d’Antan, a mountain resort. Even though it’s just five minutes from the city center one really feels in the midst of nature. We ate an incredible vegan lunch made of saffron & zucchini risotto, polenta with ratatouille (typical of the region) and enjoyed eclectic teas.
And, while cuddling with blankets by the fire, I remembered that what makes mountains and freezing your ass off so appealing is the charm in struggling to stay warm.
Has anybody been in this part of the world? Share some recommendations in a comment below!
Photography by Alec & Ambra Torelli