Cervinia, The pearl of the Alps
It is Cervinia ski resort in the Aosta Valley on the border with Switzerland, and between the towns perennially the highest in Europe, with its 2050 meters above sea level. Cervinia, however, is really just the name with which is indicated by its patrons much larger mountainous area: the Breuil-Cervinia, this full name, indicates an area that stretches from the 1,524 meters of the town of Valtournanche to 3,408 meters of Plateau Rosa, nearly 4,000 meters with the Klein Matterhorn and also includes 4,478 meters of the impressive Matterhorn, the symbol of the mountain area, also known as the Matterhorn or the "perfect pyramid", and among the tops the most important worldwide.
Breuil-Cervinia was founded more than two hundred years ago at the foot of the Matterhorn, which takes its name, in Breuil, immense pasture reachable only after hours of walking. In the 1930s buildings in the valley could be counted with the fingers of one hand, until in 1934 it was founded the Company Matterhorn and the first cable car built in 1936, an event that gave rise to the development of what currently is one of the largest districts ski of Italy and Europe.
Moreover, as the name of Breuil implies, which in the Aosta Valley dialect means "Land of many waters", the area has many lakes, streams and waterways. Not far from the center of Cervinia, rises the beautiful Blue Lake, which reflects the imposing summit. Also worth visiting Goillet Lake, a picturesque artificial lake at 2,550 meters above sea level, enclosed by a dam, used to produce hydroelectric energy and for snow-covered slopes.
In summer, in addition to mountaineering, that makes the Matterhorn a popular destination internationally, you can go trekking and hiking, as well as paragliding and mountain biking. Finally for lovers of extreme sports are available thrilling Via Ferrata and numerous walls for climbing. In short, an entire area with the priceless natural wealth, another jewel of the Belpaese to discover and appreciate.