The Eternal City in White: Where to Ski Near Rome

You don’t have to travel to the Alps or the Dolomites to find first-rate skiing in Italy. The Apennines are just a quick jaunt from Rome, and offer many great options.

You don’t have to travel to the Alps or the Dolomites to find first-rate skiing in Italy. Follow this guide for the best places to ski near Rome.

Most Convenient

The best place for a short ski getaway or even a daytrip, Monte Livata is just 45 miles east of Rome, and you can even get there (at least partially) by public transport. It’s a small resort, with only four lifts, but nevertheless it boasts a respectable 1,312 feet of vertical descent. It also has over 23 miles of cross-country pistes. 

Best Value

With adult day passes starting at just €21, as well as options for one-, two-, and three-hour passes, Prati di Tivo is the most economical option in the area. But that doesn’t mean they don’t offer plenty of opportunities to give your skis a good workout. An altitude of 4,700 feet, a three-mile cross-country ring, and ten miles of downhill skiing are nothing to sniff at. 


Perched on the slopes of Gran Sasso Mountain, the area’s tallest, Campo Imperatore is the resort with the highest altitude in the vicinity of Rome. You’ll have to take a cable car up the side of the mountain to over 7,000 feet to reach it. The resort is well outfitted for snowboarders, and is particularly recommended for intermediate skiers. Thanks to its altitude, skiing straight back to the resort is almost always possible. 

Most Extensive

Roccaraso is the area’s largest resort with 70 separate pistes covering more than 68 miles of runs and served by 27 ski lifts. It is also one of the most historic, being only the second ski resort in all of Italy, after the famed Cortina d’Ampezzo up in the Alps. With ten black pistes, Roccaraso is a great choice for more advanced skiers, and the snowmaking machines mean uncooperative weather is never an issue. 

Most Picturesque

Ovindoli’s allure lies not only in its 18 pistes and 6,500+ feet of altitude, but also in its stunning scenery, and after all, isn’t that why we all come to Italy—to be wowed by endless beauty? The resort is surrounded by adorable hilltop towns; one enterprising hotel, the Robur Marsorum, has converted several medieval houses into accommodations, providing a charming backdrop to the invigorating sport. 

Most Versatile

Located northeast of Rome, Terminillo is in the province of Rieti, yet only an hour drive from Fiumicino Airport. With nine lifts and 27 pistes ranging from beginner to expert, as well as options for snowboarding and cross-country skiing, there’s something for everyone at this welcoming spot.