La Thuile, On the border of France
Think that La Thuile, besides distinguishing itself in chocolate production, is part of one of the largest ski areas of the Aosta Valley, international too, thanks to the connection with the French resort La Rosière. This is Espace San Bernardo, an extraordinary succession of views, 160 kilometers of ski slopes that satisfy the needs of any kind of skier. The slopes offer a tremendous variety: they go from ski runs and areas for children to fabulous landscape sensations for a relaxing skiing, up to the legendary track Berthod, venue to several international competitions. An international ski-pass allows to ski on 80 ski runs, on over 150 km distributed on two sides, thanks to 37 efficient ski lifts with a total hourly capacity of 58,000 persons/hour. Then what are you waiting to plan your winter holiday in Val d'Aosta?
10 THINGS TO DO IN LA THUILE
1. SEE THE COLLECTION OF MAISON MUSEE BERTON, a house-museum which tells the Berton Brothers’s passion for Val d’Aosta. The collection consists of about 200 original pieces of handicrafts, typical Aosta Valley’s furniture, art prints, sacred art designs and objects, in addition to about 4200 books.
2. TAKING A WALK THROUGH THE ALPINE BOTANICAL GARDEN CHANOUSIA, settled in a landscape of great beauty in the sight of the great bulk of Mont Blanc and other imposing peaks. Today it houses more than 1,000 species of alpine plants from all around the world.
3. VIEW THE CROMLECH OF LITTLE ST. BERNARD, a Celtic monumental complex, belonging to the megalithic culture and architecture.
4. TREAD ALONG THE PATH THAT LEADS TO THE RUTOR WATERFALLS, the most spectacular of the region, generated by the homonymous creek, which then leads to the lovely lakes of Bella Comba, situated in its homonymous valley.
5. DISCOVER THE TYPICAL VILLAGE OF PONT SERRAND, which rises at 1630 meters s.l.m. just two kilometers away from the town of La Thuile.
6. RESERVE A TABLE AT LE COQ AU VIN, the organic restaurant of Chalet Eden, to taste excellent food made with products from biodynamic cultivation and organic farming, where also vegetarian dishes will find space.
7. SPEND A NIGHT IN A CHALET AT RIFUGIO LO RIONDET (S.S. Piccolo San Bernardo, 4), in company with the Aosta Valley’s traditional cuisine. Queen of the menu is of course polenta in many kinds of ways, such as whole wheat, stoneground, seasoned, natural, served with meat, selvaggina, mushrooms, vegetables or cheeses of mountain pastures. Also excellent soups.
8. ENJOY A HOT CHOCOLATE AT PASTICCERIA CHOCOLAT (Frazione Bathieu, 58), where the Collomb family delights its customers with a wide selection of homemade cakes, pastries and chocolatey gluttonies. Amongst specialties, the precious and numerous types of chocolates, La Thuile’s Tometta, a chocolate based on milk-chocolate, gianduja, Piedmont hazelnuts IGP, and the Fondue Chocolat served with fresh fruit and biscuits.
9. TAKE A RELAXING BREAK IN THE WELLNESS CENTER OF HOTEL LE MIRAMONTI (Via Piccolo S. Bernardo, 3), a resort surrounded by pine forests, Alpine peaks and the waters of river Dora. Inside we find, natural stone walls, fantastic wood paneling, wonderful furniture, and the stone fire place maintains the environment and unique atmosphere of a traditional and luxurious mountain chalet.
10. SOJOURN AMONG THE BOOKS AND FRAGRANCE OF HOTEL LETTERARIO LOCANDA COLLOMB, first literary hotel in the Valle D'Aosta, one of the most few in Italy and in the world, which offers a vacation amongst art, sport, wellness, cultural events in an exclusive and romantic mountain environment.