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: Mar 9, 2010


My knee is injured.
I cannot sit still.
I go by snow shoes.
If you have to start moving but cannot press your knee too much after an injury, as it would be if you will go skiing, the snow shoes are a very good solution. Not that it is not tiring but you move in a way that is pretty smooth for the knee, especially when the broken thing is a cross ligament..

Posted: Feb 15, 2010

Unusual lunch

Sometimes it happens strange things: I go to visit a very special and cosy hotel lying in a tiny village from 16th century, at 2000m high above Champoluc, the village of Crest. The hotel is called Vieux Crestand is lodged in the family house of the owner, since generations.

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…

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