Marta's Monterosa Blog

I am passionate about the Alps. They are my heart's home and the place where I would like to spend the last day of my life. I have been a tourist in the village of Champoluc in the Italian Monterosa for all my life and worked as a tourist operator in this area since more than 15 years.

I believe in respect for the special environment of this place that you can find only here. We all gain by enjoying its beauty, while trying to make a minimum impact at the same time. Leave it for our children in the future!

I believe in respect for people who live here with their traditions and culture, language, and work, their genuine products and delicious wines. They open their homes for us, tourists and meet us as their guests, if we are able to open our hearts for them. I have a friend who is a hotel owner and he says that when stressed people from the city come to his place, he tells them to sit down and take a drink before they even begin to worry if they have a room. Perhaps, we can bring a little of their kindness and calmness with us on our way back to the city.

My philosophy is to give back a little of what the mountains and the people from this place have given to me and to my family through my work, to communicate my philosophy and my passion to those who follow me on the blog, and in my trips as a tour operator.

If you would like to visit Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna or other villages in the Aosta Valley, trek or ski in the Monterosa, discover Sardinia or other places we offer, contact us.

Posted: Apr 13, 2012

Indren, seasoners and a headache.

It is Halloween or even better in Italy it is called ”The Dead”. It is the holiday when people are allowed to leave their jobs for a couple of days to go home and honor their dead ones. An old tradition, still living in the soul of many.

I was making my trip to check some new hotels and places in Italy for coming travels with my guests, and had totally forgotten about the celebration that was expected. Except for the fact that nearly everything this time reminded me of dead, witches and phantoms.

Colomba

Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Hiking the Walser Path to Mascognaz in December

Ok, what are you supposed to do when you have 16 happy guests coming to Monterosa for skiing 3 days and the snow has not come yet?

You worry like crazy and think how the crap you are going to manage this.

Then as a miracle, you are driving your rental car to Champoluc and white flakes fall slowly to the road – and you don’t even have any chains….

Charmant snow

Posted: Nov 4, 2011

Witches in the Italian Riviera and in Monterosa

Sardinian sea, the step seems long. But in the morning we woke up at Rifugio Guide di Ayas, Lambronecca, 3420 m, and at 9 pm we drove in  our car in a ferry to Olbia. 
 Light in the morning in the Alps

The differences in the Italian landscape are huge, as everyone knows. The mountains are big and real and the Mediterranean is always present not only because of the blue sea that surround nearly all the borders of my country, but also because it is the cause of the good food and wines, and of the spirit of the people, even the people living in the Italian Alps.

Posted: Jul 24, 2011

From the top of Monterosa to the

I came home yesterday and still cant believe that I was going around at the beginning of February with 18 degrees of temperature. Climate in Northern Italy can be real nice, especially because it had been snowing until Sunday in the same place!
I am in Finale, a secret spot for the mainstream of tourism, and this is only a positive thing! Finale is composed by 3 different parts: on the beach – Finalmarina, the town Finale Ligure and the citadel from the Middle Age, when people did not go to the beach if not to fish, occasionally – Finalborgo. And the surroundings are also Finale. Difficult to understand? Don’t try with Google because they cant help!
Posted: Jun 7, 2011

A magic “agriturismo” in Liguria, Italy

I have had a pretty busy day –  taking care of my guests, a little climbing and bBikingiking, driving the minibus on the tormented roads of the Italian hills, finding good restaurants and having lots of fun in the meantime. When I finally went to my room at midnight I was to bed in seconds, tired but happy. It uses to be at this moment of my day as a guide in my own travel business, that I can relax and perhaps overview the spent hours mostly with a smile in my heart.

A Trip to Il Bandito e La Principessa

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