As we rounded a bend in the road and the view of the city opened up, the sight almost took my breath away. It sits in a spectacular setting with the jagged edges of the Southern Alps rising above it and surrounding it in a picturesque embrace.
During the spring and summer months, the town is much quieter and one can walk the streets and admire the scenery and window shop without the jostling of crowds. It's hard to imagine these narrow streets occupied by 40,000 people all in bulky ski clothes.
The town center is dominated by the tall bell tower of the Basilica Minore dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo.
The church is a Roman Catholic parish built between 1769 and 1775.
Apparently the town is very Popular with "society types" and is especially known for its apres-ski social scene. There are lots of parties and many clubs active during the long winters.
Since I was there in warmer May, I missed out on any celebrity sightings but, I didn't miss out on the beautiful mountain splendor and the warmth of the people in the shops and on the street.