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: Oct 22, 2010

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

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!


Posted: Oct 20, 2010

Contribution to the Year of Biodiversity through a fall tour to the Aosta Valley.

2010 has been the Year of Biodiversity, intentioned by United Nations declaring the following: ”It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity”.

Posted: Sep 15, 2010

Trekking, wine and culture. The mountains are still there this autumn!

The Alps are pretty crowded 14 weeks per year, by skiers and people working with tourism. This winter season has already started with bookings and preparation. Good to say that there is time for management of lift systems and hotel buildings all over the well visited resorts. Summer is declining as tourist season with the exception of a few weeks in July and August.

kossor, väg autunno

Posted: Jun 17, 2010

A little village and a big convention

Saint Marcel is a small village in the Italian alpine region of the Aosta Valley.

I was impressed by the idea that this small village should organize an International Conference about tourism in the Alps. When we arrived on Saturday 12th June there was a big party tent in the middle of a green grass field and a little crowd wandering around to understand what we were doing there. There were brochures on a few tables, flowers in wooden cribs, and posters about the village’s ancient mines and art crafts. And there were a big podium and translators in 4 different languages. Good Italian food at lunch and dinner, slow food on the program, and culture and tradition as attractions on the menu.

Posted: Apr 13, 2010

A break from the Alps

This timeI pass the pen to my daughter, Nastassja.I hope you all willenjoy this blog post. Until next time / Marta

I will never look at a rock the same way I used to.

A break from the Alps to go rock climbing.
Natures’ great diversity amazes me. Seasonal changes or regional variations are really fascinating. But usually you have time to adapt while winter becomes summer. That’s one reason why my last road trip was incredible. Monday morning I left the Alps to be at the sea at noon. I went from snow covered pines to citrus trees with heavy fruit-filled branches. I took a break from the fresh but cold mountain air to enjoy a little hot sea breeze. I changed snowboarding for rock climbing

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