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.

24 Jan 2014


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Bartolomeus' thoughts from our visit at the rifugio L’Aroula in Champoluc


We got treated with a very nice home cooked four course meal. The starter contained of a “tomino caldo con cipolline” which is a slightly heated cheese, called “tomino” served width hot pickled small onions. The main courses contained of something called polenta, a local dish made of corn flour and cheese, served width salsicia, spetsatino and stewed mushrooms. For dessert we got ice cream with whiskey and cream.

Allover food grade **** out of *****

The big favorite was the starter, “tomino caldo con cipolline”. It was served perfectly hot, and the onions were a great mix of sweet and sour and spicy. Of the main courses we liked the spetsatino and mushrooms most. The dessert was just the cherry on top, whiskey and sweets in perfect harmony.


The atmosphere of L’Aroula is stunning; it fits right in to the fairytale kind of feeling that is associated to old places like Cuneaz, the small town where L’Aroula is situated.

So if you are looking for a place to live, or eat, and you want it to be cozy and down to earth L’Aroula is just the place for you.


The hotel has four rooms (One single and three double rooms, one of the doubles have an extra bed). As of this year the also offer the possibility of staying in an apartment. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room with kitchen and a TV.

All the prices for the rooms you can find here.

Getting to and from:

To get to L’Aroula you can either ski or walk. To get there on skis you will take the piste Ostafa 1 almost all the way down, when you start to see the village of Crest (where you take the lifts in the morning) you will keep to the left where you can see a sign with L’Aroula on it. From there it is just one minute on a small track and you are there. Are you staying just for lunch one day you have two choises ehn you want to get down, either you take a small off piste to the piste Del Bosco, or you can walk on the track you took down. If you however decide to walk, you will walk from the village of Crest up to the point on Ostafa 1 where the sign is, and then it is all the same.


The rifugio is surprisingly up to date with a nice website, one room with a hot tub, and the best surprise of all (for you internet junkies) they have free Wi-Fi.



Barto Capetillo


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