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This time I'm presenting a guest blogger, Maja Aase. She writes of her experiences on her and her son's trekking trip with me to Refugio Arp. Enjoy!
It is Halloween or even better in Italy it is called ”The Dead”. It is the holiday when people are allowed to leave their jobs for a couple of days to go home and honor their dead ones. An old tradition, still living in the soul of many.
I was making my trip to check some new hotels and places in Italy for coming travels with my guests, and had totally forgotten about the celebration that was expected. Except for the fact that nearly everything this time reminded me of dead, witches and phantoms.
The differences in the Italian landscape are huge, as everyone knows. The mountains are big and real and the Mediterranean is always present not only because of the blue sea that surround nearly all the borders of my country, but also because it is the cause of the good food and wines, and of the spirit of the people, even the people living in the Italian Alps.
Hotel Villa Annamaria has still some double rooms for the 22/2-1/3. Price 90 euro per person in half board (HB). Charming alpine hotel, owned by a family and managed with warmth and feeling. In the middle of the village but off the main road. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for booking.
Villa Nicoletti is a 400 mq exclusive villa in the middle of the village, private owned by a Milanese family and ski-in ski-out. 6 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, and large common spaces for dining and living. Billiard, fireplaces and a big garden complete the convivial atmosphere of this unique home. Mail email@example.com for booking and price information.
Fully booked from year to year, Hotel Charmant Petit, still has some available rooms between the 15-22 March. Best restaurant in the village, perfectly located between the two main lifts on the road, reachable by feet or with the free ski shuttle, everyone who has stayed here once get enchanted by the kindness and good feeling of this small hotel. Fantastic prices: 75-85 euro per person and night in halfboard (HB). Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for booking.
Preparation day yesterday for the Downhill Competition on National level in Champoluc - Frachey. The track is challenging and fast. The lift-train brings bikes and occasional visitors up to Mandria. Many of the 250 partecipants were already training hard. One fell in the woods and was rescued by the Aosta Valley Rescue Team by helicopter. See the video.
Bike on the Italian side of Monterosa is already popular in Cervinia, where you can bring your bike with the highest cable car to 3600 m and slide down to the town at 2000 m. Since last summer it is also possible to have bike fun in the valleys of Champoluc and Gressoney, where they have opened a few downhill tracks (see next news about Italian Championship). Download the best Bike Map here.
See some of the most important passages of the race
See the map for this beautiful ski marathon on the glaciers of Monte Rosa.
The organization of the classic race has decided to ostpone the start because of the very bad weather forecasts for this week-end. At the moment it is not yet decided when it will be possible to start. Hopefully the participants have to wait only for a couple of days. News on www.trofeomezzalama.org
See Carlos blog with very intersting pictures and information during his top tours and trekkings in the Spanish mountains and on Monte Rosa's Dufour Spitze 4643 meters peak.