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First impression driving into community was "what have we done?".Once we'd met Guido and Sondra and saw the apartment, we thought Wow, this is special!" There is nothing about the space and furnishings or hosts that failed to exceed our expectations. They've anticipated guest's needs and provided for them. The apartment is comfortable and the roses beautifuul inside and out. This property is the best of the many we've used in five month's in Italy.
Ostia and Mont Blanc are also entertaing as surrounding exploration trips. Skip the Autostrada and travel up SS26 Less expensive and more scenic
The apartment is on the top floor of a chalet. It is all warm wood inside and has two glass doors that open from the open living room onto a balcony with good afternoon sun...great for warmth and for drying clothes. The view is to the snow covered peaks of the Gran Murailles. You can not see Monte Cervino (Matterhorn) from here in Valtournenche. However, it’s only a 10- 15 minute drive further up the valley toward Breuil-Cervinia where you can see the magnificent peak. Definitely stop at Lago Bleu for a photo opportunity of Monte Cervino/ Matterhorn reflected in the clear aquamarine lake.
Since the apartment is on the top floor the bedroom is under the eaves it does not have standing headroom. There is a very comfortable double bed at one end with sitting room only over the top part of the bed. At the other end of the room there are two twin beds.
We slept very well here but we are used to living in a sailboat and a camper. So it depends on what you are able to handle. However, there are two twin bed size sleeping couches in the main room that can be used for beds too. Here you have full headroom and there is an excellent closet with good storage.
We really appreciated the washing machine. There is also a dishwasher if you choose to use it.
The owner Costanza lives in Milan but is very responsive to any questions about the property. She has an excellent information booklet on the apartment and she sends this by e-mail before your arrival.
We loved the excellent location being 5 min. Outside of town with a good view of mountains and the valley & village of Valtournenche below. There are many hikes in the area with beautiful views. We especially enjoyed the trail 13 from Cervinia up toward the hut for Monte Cervino/ Matterhorn. There are great views of the mountain as you hike up. Another beautiful spot was up the road from the apartment toward Cheneil. There is a large parking area at Barmaz and a free small funicular that takes you up to the village. Great views and several hiking options. South of Valtournenche is a cable car which takes you up to the quaint village of Chamois. From there it’s a short but steep hike up to Lago Lod. For a mellow hike with great views we recommend trail 6 called the rus trail which loops out from the lake then back toward the village.
Valtournenche has everything you need from a small but well equipped supermarket to bakeries, restaurants and bars for eating. Cervinia is closed until July 1st.