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: Jan 29, 2016

Courmayeur - back again

This weekend it is Courmayeur where my guests from a financial company in Stockholm are headed for their annual meeting in the Alps. Despite the fact that my mother and father met there, and that my grandparents are buried in the cemetery of the village, I have not been spending so much time there the last couple of decades.

Our friends like the sun, Courmayeur

Posted: Dec 6, 2010

Beauty comes from within – Bellvue, a genuine hotel in Cogne, Aosta Valley

I have seen pretty many hotels in my days as a travel consultant, especially hotels in the Alps.

But Hotel Bellvue, in the village of Cogne is the most beautiful I have ever seen. How comes?

Beauty is not a superficial identity of something, it is the soul of this something emanating on the outside. It could be that the soul is always beautiful, so something beautiful has a soul. A human being can hide her soul, and so can things owned by human beings, behind a surface. Many people and things seem to be beautiful on the surface, but they end beeing fake reproductions or products of plastic surgery, when you look a little closer.


Posted: Nov 8, 2010

”For each small language that disappears, the world becomes a less free place”

says Maura Susanna, to introduce herself.

We sit in the dining room at La Torretta hotel, and sip a drink after a long day spent hiking in the special landscape of the mountains in fall. A little tired but also very relaxed; walking in the fog and woods, through the ancient villages of the Monterosa, is for me as good as honey. Today it is my birthday.


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.

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