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post #1 of 10
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Does anyone know the school holiday schedule for Italy this winter? Mainly, I am interested in avoiding any half-term type holidays.

 

post #2 of 10

 Hi,

 

I'm almost certain that the Italians don't have half term holidays, so the only times to avoid will be early Jan before they go back, and Easter whenever that is -  24th Apr?

post #3 of 10
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 Hi,

 

I'm almost certain that the Italians don't have half term holidays, so the only times to avoid will be early Jan before they go back, and Easter whenever that is -  24th Apr?


Thanks, I found something yesterday that said pretty much the same thing.

 

So, any crowds in mid-February would be from foreigners.

post #4 of 10

Yes, schools (and to some extents, universities too) will beign around Spet 13th. With a break across Christmas (tipically from Dec 23rd or 24th till Jan 6th, 7th, in 2011 it will be till Jan 10th, given that 6th is a Thursday, very probably scholls will stay closed till monday, and families will stay on the mountains till Sunday).

Another "small" break during the Carnival (late Feb/mid March?, to be checked on a calendar) and a week during Easter time.

In Northern Italy there will be a "small" break around Dec 6/7 (for 2010 it will mean 6th,7th,8th and 9th).

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Yes, schools (and to some extents, universities too) will beign around Spet 13th. With a break across Christmas (tipically from Dec 23rd or 24th till Jan 6th, 7th, in 2011 it will be till Jan 10th, given that 6th is a Thursday, very probably scholls will stay closed till monday, and families will stay on the mountains till Sunday).

Another "small" break during the Carnival (late Feb/mid March?, to be checked on a calendar) and a week during Easter time.

In Northern Italy there will be a "small" break around Dec 6/7 (for 2010 it will mean 6th,7th,8th and 9th).

 

 

Great stuff. Thanks.
 

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Great stuff. Thanks.
 



My pleasure, hope to  see you in Italy next winter then. Dare I ask which mountain exactly you plan to be?

:-)

post #7 of 10
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My pleasure, hope to  see you in Italy next winter then. Dare I ask which mountain exactly you plan to be?

:-)


I like the Monterosa area. I was gutted that I couldn't go last winter (I had to cut a trip out of my schedule), so I'm looking forward to going late January/early February next winter.

 

I might even convince my brother to come to Europe around that time to ski with me. We'll see how that works out.

post #8 of 10

It's worth having a look on http://snowheads.com

 

They have helpfully included the following thread - whilst you may avoid Italian families, depending where you go, there may be other nationalities sneaking over the border to avoid their own busy mountains.

 

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=64301

 

Hope that helps,

 

CW :-)

 

post #9 of 10

For ease of use to all, I'll copy here the links contained in the post linked above

UK

http://www.swtourism.org.uk/files/download.php?m=documents&f=091120153741-SchoolHolidays201011.pdf

 

 

http://www.snowmediazone.com/the_zone/data/500/medium/European_School_Holidays_2011.jpg

 

Germany

http://www.holidays-info.com/School-Holidays-Germany/2011/school-holidays_2011.html

 

As for the Italian Calendar, the dates below are valid only for my region (Lombardy) can't swear for the others. I can safely assume that for most part it will coincide, but each region school council has a somehow free hand (to a degree), then another degree of free hand is left to the single schools administrations:

School Holidays (for Lombardy)

November 1st , Mon

Dec 8th, Wed     (Virgin Mary celebration)
From Dec 23rd 2010 to Jan 9th 2011 (back to school on Jan 10th, Monday): Christmas break  <-high season
From April 21st to April 26th: Easter break
June 2nd

Then, as an example, my sons school has chosen to also be closed on :
October 30th,
Dec 6th and 7th  (Saint Ambrogious, Saint Patron of Milan)  <- Season most likely to start here (or better, on Dec 4th, the previous Sat)
March 18th and 19th (Friday & Saturday) Carnival
April 18th, 19th, 20th ( Mon, Tues, Wedì)  <-This will be high season, practically most of the schools will be closed all Easter week...

 

And just to let anyone who might be insterested,  know, I've noticed that at least one ski area (Madesimo) is planning to end the season on May 1st, 2011...It is plausible that others will follow suit, but it's really too early to tell. I sincerly hope they haven't wooed away Mrs Luck with this such an early and optimistic declaration.

post #10 of 10

Nothing like the French half-term holidays here. Carnevale falls on different days in different parts of the country (even from city to city) and only some schools, mostly the private ones, close for the whole week (though if you had a choice, it would be a decent week to avoid). Don't come at Easter generally, though it falls so late this year that it may keep the crowds down. Christmas is the worst time for crowds, particularly the second week around New Year's.

 

Here's a useful link for European school holidays during the ski season:
http://wtss.co.uk/features/european-school-holidays-2010-11


Edited by prickly - 9/1/10 at 5:08am
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