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: Feb 12, 2010

Beauty, wine and a bad knee

The guests at this special place are stunned first by the incredible view opening all around, and they stand before the first stair to breath the vibrant air coming up to the terrace from the valley below and the mountains surrounding the refugio.
Posted: Feb 11, 2010

La Grange and snow

When we are in the valley we always go to La Grange to eat dinner once or twice. No place like that! The owner is Chicco and Jo, the brother, and they are also the cooks. Delicious, friendly and cosy. We don’t need any ties and tuxidoes here, only the best Italian food and the feeling they can create.
They started as young guys for nearly 20 years ago, and they are still young today: it must be the food and the guests…
Posted: Nov 3, 2009

The "dead" season of the Alps

This is the time when the cattles go down from the high fields, and one common traffic problem for your car is that it could be an object of high interest for a cow, compelling you to wait for the animal to be pushed to move by her master or dog. It can take a while…

Posted: Oct 26, 2009

Hot Summer Trekk

The sunny weather is incredibly hot these days in the mountains. Dehidration and sun overheating made me so sick I was stuck in my bed a whole day! But then I bought one of those hats Yankees use when they are outside I always made jokes of before, and "god bless the yankees!" I could at least make it the last day.

Posted: Apr 19, 2009

Peace, peace and more peace! Walking in the snow at the end...

The season is at its end for this time.

I am grateful and peaceful.

Nature is shining in the sun of the spring and I decide to shift skis with my hiking boots and go walking my last days in the mountain for this time. My heart is filled with love and a sensation of belonging, even if I know I probably never can install myself and my family in this enchanted place, Monterosa.

I want to be alone here for this moment, to walk in the woods and in the perfect silence of the snowy valleys. I know I am not alone, I feel the presence of eyes, the eyes of the animals waking up after this heavy winter: mountain goats, marmots, birds.

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