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.

Beginning of October in the Alps: Another tourism, a genuine one!

Posted: Oct 22, 2010
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I was a little bit nervous because I had a group of guests from Sweden for three days, and I was going to proof that autumn in the Alps is a perfect time for tourism. But, would they really enjoy my beloved valleys and mountains as I hoped?

Well, if nothing else, at least the spectacle of the mountains with the colours of fall and the crazy blue sky, would be enough to highten their spirits, unless…


the weather is thick with fog, and we do not even see a hint of the 4000m peaks that only I know are around us, behind the white courtains!


But who cares? Here we are and fog is perfect for discovering the genuinity of the place and there was nothing else to do as to get along with the weather. When weather is bad in the mountains people sit inside around the fireplace and eat, drink and tell stories. I thought that it was exactly what we should do; so we ate much (meat and cheese – the precious cows again – not many vegetables to be found here), we drank local wines (and some beer), and we hiked to the ancient Walser villages of Monterosa, to tell their story At one of those villages we even found our lunch restaurant in a beautifully restored building from the past, L’Aroula, which means the mill.


People in the Alps profit from the void of tourists in this time of the year, to fix all that needs before winter comes with ice and snow. So even the smallest and most secluded villages are full of activity in autumn. The fires are lit and the hummers are banging, breaking the silence of this time, tourist voided except for us.



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