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.

Skiing in Piemonte in good company

Posted: Jan 22, 2016
Categories: Blog
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We have been in Piemonte to ski with a Swedish company. 20 boys and 1 girl. The trip from Turin takes only 1 hour and it is mostly on the motorway, which means that it is smooth and expensive. The tax to pay at the many pay stations is around 20€ for the short tour. Pretty crazy I find. But it is FIAT the owner of the road. Probably they have to do so to maintain a perfect motorway.

TheAlps picks you up from the airport

The town of Sauze d’Oulx, where we were living at the Hotel La Torre, is divided in a very modern and a very old part, nothing in between. I like the old one more, with the typical narrow streets and stone houses from the early 1600s. In town it is mostly spoken English, and the pubs are many for the joy of my Swedish boys and the girl too.

Maison Clataud in Sestriere

Our hotel has an old history, built 1937 by the Agnelli family, owners of FIAT, a colony for summer and winter recreation to the factory employees. The old industry patrons had at least a humanitarian interest. The building is amazing, with its circular concrete structure. It must have been very inefficient to house many, but it is a beautiful piece of architecture.

Piemonte accommodation

Piemonte skiing

Skiing was not so bad, despite the few open slopes. Not so much snow has fallen yet on the Italian Alps. The slopes of Sauze were better than the ones in Sestriere, which is connected to the first village by the Vialattea ski system, a 400km of slopes from Italy to Mongenevre, France. The artificial snow is maintaining the possibility to ski and was enhanced by the 2006 winter OS, hold in the area.

Piemonte skiing

Dining in Piemonte

Food in Italy is always special, but some of the places in Sauze and Sestriere have fallen for the touristic demand of more fast and easy dishes, sacrificing the genuine taste of the real Italian freshness. I recommend a place where you can eat only pasta and bruschetta, the Sugo’s, in the old town of Sauze, open since 25 years or more with the same concept and a hell of good pasta dishes on the table!

Dining in Piemonte

Dining in Piemonte


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