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Courmayeur, Lifestyle

A Courmayeur summer “to taste”

The summer of Courmayeur is a journey to discover the local gastronomic traditions. Not only restaurants in the downtown streets, but also the many mountain huts and mountain restaurants, privileged views of one of the most dramatic in Europe, are unique in the gastronomic mountain.
A Courmayeur reach a mountain hut is an experience that stimulates all the senses. After a hike through the breathtaking scenery, enchanting surrounding valleys, it is a pleasure to relax on the terrace of a refuge, forgetting the usual sandwich to be conquered by tasty recipes.
Immersed in a landscape dominated by the highest peaks in Europe, entering a shelter and find scents and flavors of tradition, combined with taste and passion, it is a real gift for the palate. In the valleys surrounding Courmayeur, as the Val Ferret and Val Veny, Lee highlight local flavors with recipes using local ingredients. What makes them unique is the warmth and passion of the owners, some of them even choose to bake the bread and pick fresh vegetables from their small gardens. The facilities are all different: the former pastures, the rustic stone and wood, the historic huts that surround the memory of the time when simply generations lived in the mountains of Val d’Aosta memories of old flavors.
Through the culture of food in Courmayeur tells a whole world of living traditions but also many new features. During July and August, the exhibition “The delights and virtues of Valle d’Aosta” offers a menu full of surprises and events. The Aosta Valley specialties become a tasty accompaniment for appetizers appetizing during the four meetings targati “Aperitif with the chefs” (July 25 and 8, 13 and 18 August): master barman and chef alongside the creation of original cocktails and finger food. At the base are the raw materials, food products unique – mainly dairy products, wines, meats, honey and typical bread.

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Do not miss the summer edition of Shopping & Gourmet (August 8), an unprecedented combination of signatures exclusive boutiques of Courmayeur and small producers in the area.
Historians ovens of the village will be the precious venue of the two gourmet atelier (July 20 and August 3), real cooking workshops that come to life within the walls of some of the symbols of a whole community. To attend the workshop please send an email to info@courmayeurmontblanc.it. The participation fee is 20 euro per person and places are limited, up to a maximum of 20 participants for each workshop (reservations required).
Also in the name of tradition and the development of a world of gastronomic excellence the other events of the summer: the Marché Agricole de la Valdigne, five events with the exhibition of local products (28 July and 4, 11, 18 and 25 August ) and, in September, The Matson (5 September), important food and wine fair dedicated to the flavors of Courmayeur and surroundings.

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Events, Fashion

A Carezza back the World Cup

Also the official international calendar regarding snowboarding. Once test parallel to Carezza, in the day of 12 December. If the start of the season of freestyle …HD-Snowboarding-Wallpapers

If the start of the season of freestyle will take place in mid-August in Cardrona, New Zealand, the boardercross, instead, to Monfanon, Austria, on 11 December, to coincide snowboard parallel, once again, with the stage Carezza, for the fifth consecutive time in the international calendar.
Roland Fischnaller and companions begin so again their vintage from the snows of the house, trying to keep immediately in light as happened last winter, when the sample of Funes prevailed in the men’s race, and Nadya Ochner finished third in the women’s race .
A week later the appointment of Caress, namely on 18 and 19 December, the specialists blues boardercross live their home stage in Cortina.
Trentino meanwhile has been allocated another World Championships, the Junior Alpine Ski of 2018 or, at the latest, of 2019, while the final of World Cup
Nordic combined in the next season could be a first step towards an incredible goal of a fourth edition of the Nordic World Ski Championships for the inexhaustible Val di Fiemme.

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Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, St Moritz

HISTORY OF SKIING: 150 YEARS OF WINTER TOURISM IN SWITZERLAND.

In 1864 Johannes Badrutt, owner of the guesthouse Faller St. Moritz (now the renowned Hotel Klum) gave its guests a British proposal that sounded like a provocation: come on holiday in the Engadine in winter. A proposal for those times very strange, given that the mountain was considered only a summer destination. To encourage its customers, Badrutt promised free lodging and travel reimbursed if the experience was not welcome and they found the mild and sunny climate that had promised. Thus he was born, 150 years ago, winter tourism and with it the sports related to the snow. In fact, the first alpine skiing in Swiss territory dates back to a few years ago, 15 to be precise. In 1849, Johann Josef Imseng, pastor of the Saas Valley, had to go down to help a patient. He tied two wooden boards at the feet and launched himself down the snowy slope. Here is the first descent on skis, from Saas-Fee to Saas Grund. At the turn of the ‘800 and’ 900 developed tobogganing, skating, hockey, curling, introduced by British tourists come and sports practiced by the elite. It was instead the development of skiing to make “popular” winter sports and the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, in 1928, were it a real watershed in this regard. St. Moritz, Davos, Zermatt and Gstaad were the first town to develop and become known internationally after the war, and even today are destinations elite and must of winter tourism, especially in the collective imagination as in reality. The development of the lifts and trains – icon of the Swiss Alps – did the rest. Today in Switzerland there are 1,800 ski lifts and the Swiss mountains, where 150 years ago was invented winter tourism, they are still the favorite destinations for those who love to spend their winter holidays on skis.

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We follow STEP BY STEP THE HISTORY OF SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

1842-1843 – In Norway we organize the first race of cross-country and alpine skiing in the world among civilians. Previously confidential army.

1849 – The pastor of the Saas Valley, Johann Josef Imseng, making the first descent on skis from Saas-Fee to Saas Grund.

1864 – The challenge of Johannes Badrutt: British guests staying in St. Moritz from Christmas to Easter. Winter tourism was born.

1865 – Thanks to the findings of German doctor Alexander Spengler on the air healthy high mountain, come to Davos the first guests with lung disease. The small village of farmers began to build a reputation as a destination for well-being.

1868 – Alexander Spengler and Willem Jan Holsboer based in Davos the first Kurhaus.

1870 – British Tourists based in Davos the first Skating Club of Switzerland.

1871 – Willem Jan Holsboer founded the Davos Health Association.

1872 – The British built in St. Moritz, behind the Kulm Hotel, the first toboggan run. 5 1877 – Inauguration of the first natural skating rink in Davos, still the largest in Europe.

1879 – Held the first ski competition in Germany.

1880 – First curling tournament in the Alps to St. Moritz.

1884 – Opens the track Cresta Run in St. Moritz.

1888 – In St. Moritz the first tournament of ice hockey and the first winter season in Grindelwald.

1892 – British Tourists on holiday in Davos Curling Club founded the Belvedere.

1893 – Founding of the Ski Club Glarus, the first in Switzerland.

1894 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes a ski tour between Davos and Arosa.

1895 – In St. Moritz the first structures were built for the ski jumping.

1896 – The Swiss Adolf Kind, who moved to Turin, exports skiing in Piedmont.

1898 and 1910 – Davos hosts five world championships in figure skating.

1899 – Inauguration of the Davos-Schatzalp cable car.

1900 – Opening of the sanatorium (now hotel) on Schatzalp.

1901 – born in Turin the first Italian Ski Club (followed by the one in Milan in 1902 and Genoa in 1903).

1902 – The first ski races in Zermatt.

1904 – Inauguration in St. Moritz bob run St. Moritz – Celerina.

1905 – born in Austria and in Germany the Ski Federations.

1906/1907 – Held the first horse race on the frozen lake of St. Moritz. It became the premise of the spectacular White Turf event, the only horse race in the world like that.

1909 – The hotel Lauterbrunnen remain open even in winter.

1910 – First European Championship of Hockey in Les Avants.

1911 – First Edition of the Roberts of Kandahar Cup Alpine skiing in Crans Montana.

1912 – A Muerren (Muerren-Allmendhuebel) and St. Moritz (St. Moritz – Chantarella) are built first funiculars.

1913 – A Grindelwald was founded the first club of Swiss curling.

1920 – Birth of the FIS, the Italian Federation of Skiing (Today this acronym refers to the International Ski Federation).

1922 – First slalom race in Muerren.

1924 – The first Winter Olympics in Chamonix. Among the disciplines cross-country skiing and ski jumping. 1

928 – Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and first “Inferno ski race” in Muerren. 6 

1929 – are opened to Zermatt and St. Moritz the first ski schools of Switzerland.

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1930 – First race of the Lauberhorn.

1934 – In Davos opened the first T-bar lift in the world. In St. Moritz it held the 4th edition of the World Championships in Alpine skiing.

1936 – Debut alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

1948 – Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and the 10th edition of the World Championships in Alpine skiing.

1948 – started operating the lifts of Saas-Fee.

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Renzi in Courmayeur for the cable cars of Mont Blanc.

Courmayeur – Prime Minister, he stopped briefly to reporters after being on the large terrace of Punta Helbronner at 3,500 meters above sea level and where the regional president, Augusto Rollandin, gave him an ax.

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“The invitation is for all to visit this extraordinary masterpiece of engineering and beauty of this extraordinary crossroads between the mountain and man.” So Matteo Renzi debuted during the press conference scheduled at the Pavillion, the middle station of the Sky Way Mont Blanc opened today, Tuesday, June 23. The head of the government, in fact, stopped briefly for a meeting with reporters after being on the large terrace of Punta Helbronner at 3,500 meters above sea level and where the regional president, Augusto Rollandin, gave him an ax.

“Not afraid of heights on top – joked Renzi – certainly not I started hanging out, and I looked good from invading France (referring to the entrance of the lift connection with Chamonix, ed), saw the ‘excellent result of the Milan Summit we avoided to invade the door of Chamonix “.

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The Prime Minister was evidently impressed by the exceptional nature of the work. The construction of the cable car lasted four years, involved a cost of 105milioni of euro and has provided a site where you have alternated 500 people working sometimes at 30 degrees below zero. “This work has a very high degree of difficulty, but also efficiency realization that is a credit to the Valle d’Aosta and to the entire country. If in Italy we could unlock the yards still to hitches or complaints, we would increase GDP by one percentage point. ”

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Certainly the new cable car of Monte Bianco made on the Italian side will have raised more than envy by the French cousins ​​who only now are working on a similar project to renew the plant. “If after the war the first cable cars were the sign of the newfound friendship between Italy and France, today they are a sign of closer tiepi the absence of the French authorities?” He asked a French journalist. “I heard of this great infrastructure with Hollande – responded Renzi – and I can confirm that on this we have excellent relations. Sure as Italians are very proud of this work. ”

Renzi does not slip on the banana peel of an application sull’uniformazione calendar of school holidays throughout the national territory. “This question can not answer even under torture. And ‘enough half a declaration of Giuliano Poletti on the reform of the Good school on holiday to unleash three weeks of strike. It is said that this reform contained everything, even the issue of reducing holiday. Not so: we anticipate hiring 100 thousand, a reorganization with the so-called organic functional and an investment that takes into account the specificities of regions even as the Valle d’Aosta “. At the inauguration a group of teachers led by the union was willing to demonstrate against the reform of the school system, but was kept away by police.

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Courmayeur

Courmayeur

Summer in Courmayeur is a journey to discover the local gastronomic traditions. Not only restaurants in the downtown streets, but also the many mountain huts and mountain restaurants, privileged views of one of the most dramatic in Europe, are unique in the gastronomic mountain.
A Courmayeur reach a mountain hut is an experience that stimulates all the senses. After a hike through the breathtaking scenery, enchanting surrounding valleys, it is a pleasure to relax on the terrace of a refuge, forgetting the usual sandwich to be conquered by tasty recipes. Immersed in a landscape dominated by the highest peaks in Europe, entering a shelter and find scents and flavors of tradition, combined with taste and passion, it is a real gift for the palate. In the valleys surrounding Courmayeur, as the Val Ferret and Val Veny, Lee highlight local flavors with recipes using local ingredients. What makes them unique is the warmth and passion of the owners, some of them even choose to bake the bread and pick fresh vegetables from their small gardens. The facilities are all different: the former pastures, the rustic stone and wood, the historic huts that surround the memory of the time when simply generations lived in the mountains of Val d’Aosta mindful of the ancients.
Through the culture of food in Courmayeur tells a whole world of living traditions but also many new features. During July and August, the exhibition “The delights and virtues of Valle d’Aosta” offers a menu full of surprises and events.

The Aosta Valley specialties become a tasty accompaniment for appetizers appetizing during the four meetings targati “Aperitif with the chefs” (July 25 and 8, 13 and 18 August): master barman and chef alongside the creation of original cocktails and finger food. At the base are the raw materials, food products unique – mainly dairy products, wines, meats, honey and typical bread.

Do not miss the summer edition of Shopping & Gourmet (August 8), an unprecedented combination of signatures exclusive boutiques of Courmayeur and small producers in the area.

Historians ovens of the village will be the precious venue of the two gourmet atelier (July 20 and August 3), real cooking workshops that come to life within the walls of some of the symbols of a whole community. To participate in the workshop just send an email to info@courmayeurmontblanc.it. The participation fee is 20 euro per person and places are limited, up to a maximum of 20 participants for each workshop (reservations required).

Also in the name of tradition and the development of a world of gastronomic excellence the other events of the summer: the Marché Agricole de la Valdigne, five events with the exhibition of local products (28 July and 4, 11, 18 and 25 August ) and, in September, The Matson (5 September), important food and wine fair dedicated to the flavors of Courmayeur and surroundings.

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Cervinia, Zermatt

Matterhorn

It has been exactly 150 years since the two expeditions led by the Englishman Edward Whymper competitors and the Aosta Valley Jean-Antoine Carrel fought the conquest of the summit of the Matterhorn before then untouched. As it is known Whymper prevailed July 14, 1865, while Carrel and his came a few days later: 17 July. A historical event, mountaineering and human than a century and a half away keeps its charm and that will be the background to the busy schedule of events that will Valtournenche and Breuil Cervinia protagononisti. Events – presented today to the castle home of General Cantore Center Alpine training army – will see the culmination of their own between 10 and 19 July 2015.

“We thought about an offer of cultural, sports and entertainment facilities – said Deborah Camaschella, neosindaco Valtournenche – to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy what is known everywhere as the perfect mountain”. “This opportunity – stressed instead the regional president Augusto Rollandin – is extraordinary to make it clear that the mountain is health, well-being, energy.”

1865 is also the date of birth of the company Cervino guides which are those that every day and know more closely this immense rock spur. “For our part – he said the president of the mountain guides of the Matterhorn Gérard Ottavio – propose initiatives to bring all the mountain regardless of the degree of sports training”.

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The festivities begin on the weekend preceding the anniversary, in conjunction with the Festival Turin and the Alps, including the Matterhorn 150 part. Opens on July 10 the full program of the Open Day with the Alpine Guides (approach trekking to mountaineering, at promotional prices, with three different routes and a stage, until July 19) and the lighting of the spectacular night lighting Matterhorn.
It continues Saturday, July 11 with the opening of the exhibition “ridges and walls of the Matterhorn. 150 years of mountaineering history from 1865 to 2015 “, edited by mountaineer Alessandro Pillory and Alexandra Radius, the Museum of the Alpine Guides. It follows the exciting play by Livio Viano “The Conquest of the Matterhorn” leading ideally viewers summit.
From Sunday, July 12 (every day, up to 18): “All Color Matterhorn”, workshops animated cartoon outdoors, for children and teens.

Tuesday, July 14, the anniversary of the first ascent by the Swiss side, is the Day of Silence. The mountain remains symbolically “sealed” for climbers (according to Zermatt), a mark of respect and in memory of the dead of the consortium of Whymper and climbers over the years have lost their lives on Gran Becca.

Thursday, July 16 party all night long with “The Nor dou Cervin / The Night of the Matterhorn.” It opens with the movie marathon “Matterhorn CineMountain 150″ (a thrilling non-stop, dedicated to the filmic representation of the Matterhorn) and then folklore, pageants, tastings and clubs open until late in the streets of Breuil-Cervinia. The biggest musical event of the evening is the concert of L’Orage, valdostano group that mixes the traditional music of the western Alps with electronic sounds, in an immersive “rock of the mountains.”
The bonfire at midnight at the foot of the Matterhorn illuminates the beginning of the day of the anniversary.

On the morning of July 17 the Guides of the Matterhorn, Zermatt, Chamonix and some members of the Alpine Club of London climb the Matterhorn for the Ceremony of friendship to the summit, to share the anniversary of the first ascent from the Italian side, sealing a mountaineering history friendship over the challenges. Don Paolo Papone, parish priest of Valtournenche, celebrates a Mass in altitude.
From 16.00 to Valtournenche, space culture with literary moment “Matterhorn over the top” in which great names of journalism and alpinism confront the profound human need to tell their experiences in the mountains. Mario Calabresi, editor of La Stampa and writer, talks with Reinhold Messner, Hervé Barmasse, catherine destivelle and journalist Sandro Filippini. For the occasion: Reinhold Messner is previewing his new book and the Matterhorn, with Sandro Filippini, the book “Walter Bonatti, the brother I never knew I had”; Hervé Barmasse tells the genesis of his first book “The mountain inside”; Catherine destivelle involves us in his adventure of publishing; Gérard Ottavio, President of the Company Guide del Cervino, introduces two new books published on the anniversary of the founding of the Company. Followed by: Tasting of Sparkling anniversary.
From 21.00 at the Centro Congressi Billia in Saint-Vincent, the evening event mountaineering “Cervino says” Reinhold Messner, Hervé Barmasse, catherine destivelle, Simon Anthamatten dialogue on the figures of Jean-Antoine Carrel and Edward Whymper and make us relive 150 years of challenging climbing the Matterhorn. An evening media intense and inspiring, conducted by Kay Rush, with live music by the L’Orage.

Saturday, July 18 is “Matterhorn Walking day”: filosifico trekking-mountaineering with mountaineers and guides of the Matterhorn. Catherine destivelle, Hervé Barmasse, Simon Anthamatten “tell you, walking” at the foot of the Gran Becca, in the company of Kay Rush and groups of enthusiasts, along simple routes, which end with a lunch at Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi all’Oriondé.
After that, it comes down to the little church of Alpini for the version set to music live of the play “The Conquest of the Matterhorn” Livio Viano, with Great Becca as natural scenery.
At 18.00, in the picturesque Hydroelectric CVA Maen, opens the exhibition “From Châtillon Matterhorn in vintage postcards from 1881 to 1929″. From 22.30, the pyro-musical show CVA novel “Matterhorn’s incredible breakthrough. Stories, legends, fires “is the highlight of the evening in Breuil-Cervinia.

Sunday, July 19 space for running in the mountains with “Run training Matterhorn”: a morning of free training around the Matterhorn, with the special participation of the World Champion skyrunning Bruno Brunod, Team Forte di Bard.
It will be the voice of Irene Grandi to close the program Matterhorn 150, with a concert on the shores of Blue Lake, at the event Musicastelle Outdoor.

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Events, St Moritz

The protagonist of Italian art in St. Moritz

The 60 “ideally closes the long winter in the canton of Grisons and is a prelude to the eighth edition of St. Moritz Art Masters: this year, 21 to 30 August, will be just Italy the guest country.

The ski season in St. Moritz is not yet complete and the Swiss town bustles with activity. Including cultural, sports and intellectual interests to reconcile its many tourists. At the Protestant Church, on 13 February it was just inaugurated the exhibition Journey to Italy. The 60s, which will be open to the public until March 8. A review that ideally closes the winter and a prelude to the eighth edition of St. Moritz Art Masters: this year, 21 to 30 August, will be just Italy the guest country.

The exhibition presents the meantime, through 20 significant works, a particularly vibrant artistic period of the twentieth century Italian. The decade at the center of the exhibition shows the most creative urges focus around three cultural centers, representatives from the cities of Milan, Rome and Turin, living a golden age not only in the visual arts but also in the industry as in the design, or even in literature and cinema.

In Milan, Lucio Fontana grows around an entire generation of artists: Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, Gianni Colombo, Paolo Chip; each brings forward a new idea of ​​space, obtained by redefining the relationship of painting as color and shape.
In Rome, meanwhile, Alberto Burri investigates the potential of matter through various techniques extra-artistic; parallel, Piero Dorazio focuses on the surface. In general, however, the presence of Cinecittà directly inspired many of the investigations also in the artistic field: composers such as Marco Schifano, Mimmo Rotella, Franco Angeli, Tano Festa, Pino Pascali reinterpret the icons of the new age of consumerism, when you do not draw on the topoi Italian identity.

In Turin, Giuseppe Pinot Gallizio inaugurates a long series of experiments on natural materials and conceptual changes in the order of things. This is, in summary, the prelude of the Arte Povera movement articulated that will stand out as individual personalities and artistic research, signed by Alighiero Boetti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giuseppe Penone, Giovanni Anselmo and Mario Merz.

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Crans Montana, Events, Gstaad, Saas fee, St Moritz, Vail, Verbier, Zermatt

Switzerland, 10 destinations to visit

Switzerland, 10 destinations to visit
The must see to know when visiting the Switzerland here is the 10 experiences can not miss!
Switzerland Tourism has selected the sites easily accessible from Milan and visit at least once in their lifetime. A concrete suggestion to visitors of EXPO to extend their stay in Switzerland.

1) The Aletsch glacier, a UNESCO heritage site.
A 23 km long tongue of ice that ideally connects the Valais to the Jungfrau Region. It is the Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps and a UNESCO heritage site since 2001. It does not take climbers to admire the majestic beauty. Just visit the Aletsch plateau where there are villages, closed to traffic, Bettmeralp, Riederalp and Fiescheralp. Here cars are banned both in summer and winter, to the delight of families and those who want to escape the bustle of city life. You can only be reached by cable car from the valley stations of Mörel, Betten and Fiesch. The plateau, which is spread between 1,900 mei 2,200 m, opens a breathtaking view of the most striking Four of Switzerland. To the south, the Matterhorn towers majestically, nestled between Weisshorn and the Mischabel Group with the Sun From the vantage points Moosfluh, Bettmerhorn or Eggishorn offers an exceptional view to the north on the triad of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and glacier of ‘Aletsch.

2) Bernina Express from Tirano to St. Moritz on board the legendary red train.
A marvel of engineering station that travels over a century by connecting Tirano in Valtellina, the chic St. Moritz. The red train climbs up to 2,253 meters with sections up to 70 per thousand slope but without rack. Born to transport commuters, it is one of the most popular tourist railroads in the world for the beauty of the surrounding territory. Among the most exciting the viaduct in Brusio, Alp Grüm, White Lake and the curve of Montebello overlooking the Bernina Mountain Range and of the glacier. The track is an outstanding example and innovative, from the technical point of view, access to the Alpine landscape. For this line of Bernina (Tirano – St. Moritz) and Albula (St. Moritz – Thusis) were included in the UNESCO Heritage in 2008.

3) Engadin St. Moritz: where nature reigns.
Nature is the undisputed star of this valley at 1800 meters, famous for its thermal springs and the climate dry and crisp. With its lakes that glisten in the sun and the blue sky of the sky, with its breathtaking and unique light, the landscape of the Upper Engadine is a rare beauty that envelops everything: from chic St. Moritz traditional villages with houses decorated with sgraffito. Summer in the Engadin offers absolute quality for any budget, even in scintillating St. Moritz, which is once again talking about himself, with cultural and sports events of international appeal. Even for summer 2015 is on the offer “Ski lifts including” those who stay at least two nights in one of 100 hotel, joining the program, receives a pass for public transport and for the 13 lifts of ‘ Upper Engadine.

4) Martigny: art center and flavors.
Located at the mouth of the road away from the Great St. Bernard down to the Rhone Valley, the ancient Octodurus has had a strategic importance that could not remain indifferent to the Romans. The conquerors made it as an imperial city and, later, even the capital of the Province of Graie and Pennine Alps. In the centuries passed through here from invading hordes and armies, for the last of Napoleon, and became Octodurus Martigny, a quiet town nestled between the Valais Alps and the Rhone. Until 1978, when the inauguration of the Pierre Gianadda Foundation has transformed the town into a world center of high art, attracting artists, critics and audiences from around the world. More than 8 million visitors who admired the works of the masters of modern art hosted by the Foundation as Monet, Manet, Turner, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Rodino, Klee, Modigliani and Chagall. Surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees, Martigny is also renowned for its gastronomy. Here it is located the largest producer of Swiss wines, Provins, and in the restaurants you can taste dishes prepared with ingredients to 0 km.

5) Zermatt: The car-free village at the foot of the Matterhorn.
The Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. The unique pyramid shape has become a symbol of mountaineering and Switzerland. The reputation of Zermatt, the car-free village at the foot of the Matterhorn, begins in 1865 when the Englishman Edward Whymper succeeds first to conquer the summit. Today Zermatt is one of the premier resorts in the Alps with excellent tourist facilities and a range of outdoor activities and really full of events. In summer, in addition to challenging climbs of 38 four thousand, you can choose between the 400 km of marked trails, including 100 km of trails for bikers or flow among the many excursions with the lifts that lead over the 3,000 meters. Not to mention sports snow: here you can ski 365 days a year. Zermatt is also the point of arrival or departure of the Glacier Express, the panoramic is 7 hours connecting the Valais to the Engadine. In 2015 continue the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, culminating in the reopening of the shelter Hornli.

6) From Lucerne on top of the Pilatus with the steepest cog railway in the world.
Conditioning time, the dragon throne, the land of the giants and grave of rulers. The names collected from Mount Pilatus over the centuries ennoble as one of the most legendary in the region of Lake Lucerne. In the nineteenth century, the engineer Eduard Locher had the crazy idea to build a railway to the summit of Pilatus. The June 4, 1889 the railway – steam until 1937 – made his first race on the well is 4’618 meters long, from Alpnachstad to the summit. With a gradient of 48%, it still boasts the title of the steepest in the world! The view from Pilatus has remained intact and has always attracted visitors from all over the world: there are 73 alpine peaks that can be seen from this natural viewpoint. In May 2010 the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, opened in 1890, has reopened with a fresh look and a gastronomic high level, while retaining its charm Belle Epoque. The 27 rooms in modern Alpine guarantee deep sleep; Queen Victoria in the room or in the fireplace of dishes based on fresh, regional products will delight even the most discerning palates. In May 2011 it was inaugurated the viewing gallery that connects the Kulm Hotel Bellevue, built in the first place to ensure a fixed route in case of bad weather.
7) Ticino, a concentration of open-air festival.
The great music come together in Canton Ticino. Starting from Locarno on warm summer evenings turns into a temple of pop-rock music. During the festival “Moon and Stars” the big music world attract thousands of spectators who flock during the 10 evenings to enjoy great live music. Hundreds of hours of music for fans and connoisseurs and for the sojourner that surely will stop: the region becomes unmissable capital of European jazz. Lugano and Mendrisio summer in seven notes is called Estival Jazz, the biggest open air free in Europe! A cocktail of jazz, blues, rock and world music quench your thirst your thirst for music in the picturesque settings of the town squares. And then the atmosphere of Louisiana, the jazz that flows in the enchanted setting of Ascona. Close your eyes. Breathe the magic of New Orleans on the banks of harboring Verbano. In short, in the enchanting Ticino stages in the streets and in the lake they will exhibit international artists offering the best of jazz, blues and rock. But the region is able to satisfy the tastes and trends, and captivates with classical echoes in Bellinzona: high quality of programming and provides a stunning setting thanks to the uniqueness of the acoustics of concert halls exceptional: churches, castles and theaters suddenly they turn into sublime auditorium, where the music is transformed into celestial harmony. Because Dolce Vita Ticino is marked by many rhythms and different registers, never dissonant. Every August the Ticino proudly presents the most important cultural event in Switzerland: the Festival del film Locarno. The allure of celluloid intoxicates Locarno for ten unforgettable days of world cinema. The public, open and diverse, curious and ready for any kind of experience is reflected in the varied and audacious programming. This is where Locarno offers its visitors days full of films in theaters and in the magical setting of the Piazza Grande.

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7) Ticino, UNESCO destination.
Ticino boasts two UNESCO heritage within 60 km: the castles of Bellinzona and Mount San Giorgio. The fortifications of Bellinzona are part of the most significant art of medieval defensive architecture in the Alps, and have been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage since 2000. The Castelgrande, the oldest and mightiest castles of Bellinzona, offers a beautiful view over the old town and its surroundings. A little museum in the Castelgrande documents the history of castles and the heart of the medieval city of Bellinzona. The Monte San Giorgio, with its modest 1100 meters above sea level in the sunny south of Ticino, from the nineteenth century is a true paradise for scholars of the fossils, and since 2003 is a UNESCO World Heritage. Here, paleontologists have found thousands of enthusiastic fossil fish and sea reptiles up to six meters long. This fact is easily explained: 245 to 230 million years ago, here was a sea basin 100 meters deep. Today, the Monte San Giorgio rises like a pyramid, at the southern end of Lake Lugano – enclosing in its bowels a treasure trove of fossils of all kinds. You can walk along the south side of this important green, through the vineyards of the area, the idyllic town of Meride, or you can stop food and wine in the grottos of the Mendrisiotto.

9) Basel cultural capital on the Rhine.
Basel is considered the cultural capital of Switzerland with 40 museums in 40 km2 – among which the Kunstmuseum, the Beyeler Foundation, Schaulager, the Museum Jean Tinguely and the Vitra Design Museum. Each year it becomes the mecca of contemporary art with Art Basel. Not to be missed are the town hall built in 1504, the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and a historic and well-kept intact. However, Basel is not stagnated in the past; the visitor will offer interesting contrasts, both of modern architecture, such as the church of St. Anthony (Karl Moser), buildings of Mario Botta, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Richard Meier and Frank O. Gehry. But also in the streets, alleys and squares or the sides of buildings; Basel there is virtually no public space in which not s’incontri work of art, such as the playful fountain Tinguely or the tireless Hammering Man by Jonathan Borofsky. The extraordinary wealth of cultural generously satisfies the interests of all users: innumerable galleries, the city theater and many other small theaters, concerts of soloists and orchestras, big open-air concerts of rock and pop music.

10) Zurich, city living.
Zürich has much to offer: an active cultural scene with over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, leading hotel and catering establishments, shopping facilities featuring international labels and sophisticated Zürich, as well as a pulsating nightlife. In the heart of the city are numerous beaches on the lake and the river, while the Uetliberg invites you to take long walks. It ‘a vibrant and ever changing. In Zürich West, the former industrial area, they have sprung shops, restaurants, trendy bars and homes where once were focused factories. Among the latest additions the museum complex on the Löwenbräu Areal, former brewery, which houses the Kunsthalle and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Courmayeur

COURMAYEUR – It ‘OPEN THE NEW CABLE CAR MONT BLANC.

COURMAYEUR – After four years of work at height and investments have exceeded 100 million euro, the eighth wonder of the world, or the new cable car of Mont Blanc – Skyway, it became a reality. The first race was conducted Saturday, May 30, and in 19 minutes brought the first passengers to 3,462 meters of Punta Helbronner, in the heart of Mont Blanc. The new plant, in two sections, joins Pontal d’Entreves (fraction of Courmayuer) with Pavillion and Pavillion with Punta Helbronner and replaces three old cable cars which covered the same route with a stop in more.

The new cable cars will bring in altitude skiers freeride but also hikers and tourists alike that 19 minutes uphill iperpanoramica (cable car cabins have large windows and are rotair, or turn on themselves during the trip) can get in one of the the most scenic spots of the Alps. At this point, the offer of Courmayeur is very competitive with those cousins ​​of Chamonix, on the other side of the “Roof of Europe”.

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To achieve this extraordinary feat of engineering were employed 200 workers who for four years have worked in difficult conditions given the odds and weather conditions. The round-trip ticket costs 40 Euros in low season and in winter and EUR 45 in high season (from 20 June to late August) and the parking is free pre the first half hour, costs 1 euro for 1 to 4 stops hours, up to 10 euro for the whole day. The official opening will take place between 22 and 26 June in the presence of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, while the work will be completed next year when it will be finally dismantled the old three cable cars which started from La Palud.

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Verbier

In the Swiss Alps

A twenty-second edition of the Verbier Festival will take place from July 17 to August 2, 2015, under the baton of the greatest conductors

For this new edition, from July 17 to August 2, 2015, the Verbier Festival has once again managed to gather in the heart of the Swiss Alps a group of artists envied by the greatest festival. “In the bill there will be six of the greatest conductors of our time,” he said with great satisfaction Martin T: son Engstroem, Founder and Managing Director of the Verbier Festival presenting the program of 22.ma edition. “At the opening of the Festival, the American artist James Levine chose Verbier for his return after eight long years of absence from the European scene. Today “Conductor Laureate” Verbier Festival Orchestra, James Levine has contributed, since 2000, the success of our young orchestra and has enabled it to become one of the best orchestras in the world of education. Another significant return, the great Indian master Zubin Mehta, who directed the very first concert of the festival July 15, 1994, returned for the first time in seven years. The Verbier Festival Orchestra will also have the honor of being conducted by Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda and, to round off this year, its music director Charles Dutoit. These six directors have marked the history of the Festival, without doubt it will write a new page this summer. There will also be many firsts for Verbier, such as Ton Koopman, Truls Mørk or András Schiff. He will for the first time the St. Matthew Passion by Bach, conducted by Thomas Quasthoff, making his debut as a conductor. In the Church, where he creates an intimate atmosphere and a rare proximity between the audience and the artists, the great soprano Angela Gheorghiu will, with the brilliance that characterizes his debut at the Festival in a program of tunes very personal. The Church will also welcome several great pianists from Russia and Eastern Europe, as Alexander Melnikov and Grigory Sokolov. Of note is the return of Pretty Yende, which was much appreciated last summer. We end with a special mention for the evening with the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, ambassador of Cuban music, this year in their farewell tour. ” In addition to its program of exceptional artists, the Verbier Festival is characterized by its investment in music education by offering every day an extensive program of activities for the young musicians, carefully selected. Open free to the public, these activities are a unique opportunity to discover the learning process and the names of the future tomorrow. Also of note is the young Verbier Festival Music Camp, which this year will celebrate its third anniversary

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