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Zermatt is a beautiful Swiss village on Mount Rosa, at the foot of the Matterhorn . And ‘it is lying in the bottom of the Mattertal Valley and you arrive only by train; in village works only electric vehicles. And ‘one of the few ski resorts without a car.

Attention to the environment that is also seen in the approach unusual for lifts (ISO 14001) and energy in self-sufficiency of the top restaurants, given by photovoltaic and solar panel systems.

Zermatt is one with Italian Valtournenche and Breuil Cervinia in the district Matterhorn Ski Paradise, with 350 km of slopes. Very spectacular and the descent from the Klein Matterhorn extremely long (almost 3900 m) to the country through the glacier of Plateau Rosa.

The facilities are very modern, but there are still signs of the tradition like the little train from the village of Zermatt reaches 3200 meters Gornergrad between incomparable scenery, tracks, tunnels and walls of snow.

Another example of modernity is the underground funicular to the ski area Sonnegga. Upon arrival of the Klein Matterhorn cable car you can visit the Ice Palace, a series of caves dug at 15 m depth in the glacier.

Chamonix, Courmayeur

Courmayeur Mont Blanc tunnel to the festival for the first 50 years


“The galleries, such as bridges, helping to negate the obstacles to encounter, mutual understanding, the exchange of cultures and cooperation between peoples. Built at a time when the countries most affected seemed to excel in competition for the conquest of interplanetary space, the Mont Blanc Tunnel is now as then as an example of the capacity ‘and will’ of men to overcome all obstacles on the way of peaceful coexistence. ” So ‘the president of the Societa’ Italian for Mont Blanc Tunnel Riccardo Sessa, today, in the day of celebration in Courmayeur (AO) 50 years after opening to traffic of the Mont Blanc Tunnel. “After 50 years of its commissioning – he said the CEO of the Company ‘Italian for Mont Blanc Tunnel Mario Battle – the Mont Blanc tunnel, while maintaining the original structural, is profoundly changed in equipment in defense of regularity ‘and traffic safety. ” On 11.6 kilometers of the tunnel, tracks each year by about 1.8 million vehicles, there are 37 shelters pressurized connected to a rescue tunnel, 156 cameras placed every 100 meters in addition to the 33 placed outside the gallery. In addition, two barriers placed at the entrances of the tunnel prevent users from access to the tunnel in case of an incident and 36 half-gates each 600 meters also allow you to block vehicles inside the tunnel. ”
“The opening of the tunnel took place on July 16 to 50 years ago – said the president of the region of Valle d’Aosta Augustus Rollandin – was certainly an important moment in our history, not only for the quality ‘and the size of the infrastructure, but also because ‘represent’ a mighty growth of the Italian-French collaboration both bilaterally and in the more ‘broader context of a Community’ European Union that was born only seven years before the entry into force of the Treaty of Rome, had among its own objectives the free movement of goods, services, labor, capital and the abolition of cartels and the development of joint policies ”

Looking out from the Italian Reststop at the Mont Blanc Tunnel



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”.


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.


Val Senales


Speaking of summer skiing with all the snow fell at this time may seem strange, but the news is important because the glacier of Val Senales next summer will again become viable skis even in the summer. Was spoken of summer skiing around here for a couple of years when it was taken the decision not to open more tracks in the summer, but now, with the new management of the area is back to the old and the glacier of Val Senales will be possible to ski from June 12 to July 12, 2015.

Available for skiers there will be plants and Grawand Finail, which serve large and slopes of varying difficulty. The facilities will be open daily from 7.30 am to 13 and the cable car to the glacier will be in service without a break, from 7.15 to 16.30. This is good news especially for ski clubs that will have an alternative to the Stelvio and the Plateau Rosa ‘- to stay close to our own borders – for workouts.


Cortina d'Ampezzo

Chocolate Sculptures

Vince Cortina to “Chocolate Sculptures”, the sweetest day of celebration organized at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

Vince Cortina to “Chocolate Sculptures”, the sweetest day of celebration organized at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf that told the Queen of the Dolomites through its most evocative symbols. The Maitre Chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia drove his best students in a contest between art and taste, won by Luigi Calienno with the bas-relief in fine chocolate of the historic city of Bell. Success for the other works, three of which, with the collaboration of The Rules d’Ampezzo and their museum center, will become the exceptional snack for children laboratories Festival Cortinametraggio. While the highly acclaimed play of the world celebrates the Cluster Cocoa and Chocolate Expo 2015 and will be exhibited awaited event. The five-star luxury of Cortina reconfirms representative and promoter of Made in Italy and is already preparing, with the True Cortina for EXPO, to welcome visitors who will be in Italy for the event of the year.
It ‘was the sculpture “The Bell” Luigi Calienno to win the race between art and taste of “Chocolate Sculptures”, an event organized yesterday (Saturday, March 14) at the Hotel Cristallo Spa & Golf Academy Master Chocolatiers Italian under the auspices of the National Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises. The initiative has seen the enthusiastic participation of a broad public, intrigued by the works of chocolate made during the hours before their eyes and called to vote on the best. Particularly appreciated “The World”, sculpted by Raffaele Rea and also created to celebrate the Cluster Cocoa and Chocolate Expo Milano 2015, where it will be exposed.
The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, the five-star luxury of Cortina which is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, an international organization that brings together the elite of the most prestigious hotels in the world with over 430 luxury facilities in 80 countries, takes care always to organize cultural events and creative faces also to tell and promote the beauty and the particularities of the most famous tourist resort. The property, which has recently opened its new eco-skating rink, is already preparing the package True Cortina for EXPO to welcome visitors who will be in Italy for the event of the year.
“We are always happy to promote initiatives that celebrate the beautiful Cortina and its wonders” – said Director of the Hotel Giorgio Borgonovo. “The hotel is representative of the best Made in Italy in terms of beauty, warmth and hospitality excellence and, as such, loves to support activities and events that share values ​​and characteristics.”
From the early hours of the morning, immersed in a beautiful sunny day with the scent of the best chocolate in the Living room of the hotel, the famous Maitre Chocolatier bellunese Mirco Della Vecchia, founder of the Academy of Italian Master Chocolatiers and National President CNA Food, has worked assiduously to guide and support four of his best students in making the work of the most beautiful and original chocolate themed Cortina. The Academy is home to training within Cioccolateria, they are getting more and more even result in enrollment.
The day was dedicated to the Queen of the Dolomites, represented through four chocolate sculptures depicting the most important places and landmarks of the city: “The Bell” made by Luigi Calienno, “The Squirrel” by the hand of Olympia Bevacqua, “The Diamond” sculpted by Giuseppe Punteri and dedicated to the hotel and finally “The World” by Raffaele Rea.
The panoramic terrace overlooking the Dolomites Hotel was the venue of the vote that afternoon, in the presence of the Director and staff of the hotel, have involved the audience and the winner Luigi Calienno, twenty-eight of Roman origin, pastry chef for 10 years and student of the Academy, who portrayed the highest symbol of Cortina demonstrating technique, skill and precision in the details. In addition to the satisfaction and applause, Calienno won a dinner for two with hotel accommodation. Among the audience was also randomly selected one lucky, you will taste a dinner for two at the restaurant “La Stube 1872” of the Crystal Hotel savoring the chocolate fondues.
The collaboration of the Rules d’Ampezzo and the Museum of the Rules d’Ampezzo, the museum complex that includes the Paleontological Museum Rinaldo Zardini, the Ethnographic Museum Rules d’Ampezzo and the Museum of Modern Art Mario Rimoldi will allow children of laboratories 19:21 March of the review MUSEUM OF CHARM Cortinametraggio Festival dedicated to making a memorable snack. The Museum Rimondi were in fact donated three of the sculptures.
The package True Cortina for EXPO proposed your hotel and included with a free entry to the display, allowing guests to enjoy the wonderful places dolomitic through sport from fun: from mountain biking to climbing to golf, alternating fatigue in moments relaxing in the swimming pool, thermarium, massages and fitness area at the fully Spa.
For the Universal Hotel has also created an interesting partnership with the Baglioni Group for the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice and Milan Carlton, through which you will have the opportunity to spend two nights in this wonderful city and two nights of charm and beauty at the hotel in Cortina.
The event was also an opportunity to preview the Expo to news that there will be the National CNA between the partners of the Cluster Cocoa and Chocolate, which is the official Eurochocolate content provider. The sculpture in the world of chocolate in fact draws attention to the six countries cocoa producers in the Cluster (Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Gabon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe).



Skiing at Easter promotions.

Just a few days to the Easter holidays and what better if you do not pass it on the snow for the last ski season? Spring has begun, but the best ski resorts continue to keep open plants and to maintain the tracks most perfect possible thanks to some snowfall in recent days.

On the occasion of Easter, some ski resorts have decided to give away a chocolate egg with some promotions. In some hotels of the stations that are part of the Dolomiti Superski, the offer is valid Dolomiti Super Sun that includes 7 nights of vacation at the price of 6 and 6 days ski pass for the price of 5. Among the participating hotels are the St’Anton Residence Eden and Hotel Pinei Alpe di Siusi, Hotel La Roccia Cavalese in Val di Fiemme and the Hotel Erika San Vigilio (Plan de Corones) that, in addition to the above offer, also applies Happy Easter promotion: 62 euro per person half board per day for a minimum stay of three nights.

Also all ski resorts Skirama Dolomites (Folgaria, Madonna di Campiglio, Andalo, Monte Bomdone, Pinzolo, Fai Folgarida, Tonale Pass and Pejo) promote the offer Special Easter April 5 to 12: in the hotel price and apartments, including ski passes Superskirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta for 6 or 7 days. Especially in Folgaria, Hotel Due Spade, from 2 to 8 April, offers the package of 3 days half board, Easter dinner and sauna at the price of 145 euro per person.

Moving to San Martino di Castrozza, Hotel Margherita offers 7 days for the price of 6 and the package for 4 nights at the special price of 55 euro per person per day with half board.

And if you prefer skiing in Valle d’Aosta, in Pila, April 5 to 12, with a 7 night stay at the hotel you can ski for free for 6 days. The offer also includes two hours of accompanied skiing on Monday morning.

Finally in Asiago, Veneto, April 2 to 7 to 315 euro offers a package that includes a half-board in a three-star hotel with spa, ski pass for 5 days and 10 hours of ski school.



Swedish Royal

I reali di Svezia alla cerimonia d'apertura dei mondiali di sci nordico

Narrow in their down jackets blue flag, the Swedish royal parade to the striking opening ceremony of the Nordic World Ski Championships. And a couple, in particular, draws attention

Impressive opening ceremony of Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. And the Swedish royal family can not miss. A bewitching photographers are, most of all, Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, deeply in love

TOWARDS MARRIAGE – Straits in their down jackets blue flag, the second son Carl Philip real and beautiful and scandalous girlfriend are close neighbors, they smile, they appear just rehearsed. A good omen, now that they are officially engaged and the wedding date is one step …

Talk Sofia Hellqvist, from past pornstars from marriage to Carl Philip of Sweden: “I enjoyed my life …”

VICTORIA AND LOVE – Together with Betrothed there are also King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia. And there’s Victoria: the heir to the Swedish throne, however, is all alone, without her husband Daniel and their daughter Estelle. Smiles abound: even if there are his, Victoria can count on the love of his people. That he can not wait to have her on the throne.

Fashion, Lifestyle


Appointment with Trentodoc Rosé to celebrate the famous mountains that turn pink at sunset.
Appointment with Trentodoc, February 27, in Madonna di Campiglio, for “Sunset Trentodoc Dolomites”, an event organized by Institute Trento DOC, APT Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo Val Rendena FUNIVIE Madonna di Campiglio.
Each winery Trentodoc chose his best Rosé to create an unusual taste just where the Dolomites turn pink: an aperitif Trentodoc in combination with traditional flavors to the local Lodge 5 Lakes.
The program provides for the departure at 17.00 with a meeting at the Gondola 5 Lakes where the cable cars will be open for the occasion, allowing guests the ascent.
Once at the top you can enjoy a drink in combination with local products and music dj September
At the end, there is the ski descent, accompanied by teachers and by the security staff of the Financial Police and the Police, on track 5 Lakes (degree of difficulty: easy).
To frame this appointment the spectacular Dolomites, thanks to the phenomenon called “alpenglow” – tied to the special geological composition of the rock dolomite – light up with color ‘pink’ at sunset.
Breathtaking opportunity to fill your eyes with a spectacle of nature unique in the world and enjoy a glass of rosé Trentodoc.
Trentodoc choose an event that wants to offer an exclusive experience for lovers of snow and the Dolomites.

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