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La Thuile - Valle d'Aosta, Italy - Summer and winter sports and leisure destination

La Thuile in winter is a great ski resort, particularly loved by the British, and offers over 150km of pistes including those of La Rosiere, the French resort to which it is connected. Every season brings updates to the pistes and lifts, and all levels from complete beginner to advanced competitive skier are catered for. The season is long, usually with good snow until mid April.

After a day on the slopes, or if the weather is bad, pamper yourself at the Spa in Pre St Didier, where there are outdoor hot baths with views to Mont Blanc and a vast range of (pricey) massages on offer. A free wonder is a walk up past the baths into the ‘Orrido’ (canyon) of Pre St Didier, over a Roman bridge and up along the river Dora to a truly spectacular waterfall (photostop essential!). You can also catch large trout in quieter pools (licence required).

Outside the skiing season La Thuile is quiet but beautiful. There are many well-signposted walks, such as the ‘Waterfalls’ – the first of three spectacular falls being only 15 minutes from Les Joux, easily reached from La Thuile by shuttle bus. The second and third falls are reached after crossing pine forests and meadows bright with mountain wildflowers, blueberry bushes and wild raspberries. For the energetic, the walk continues up to the Deffeyes refuge just below the Rutor glacier; you can overnight (booking essential) and walk on the glacier (consult the tourist office in La Thuile for organized excursions and equipment needed)

Local customs are still strong here. Look out for the calendar of ‘Batailles des Reines’, intensely competitive ‘battles’ between dominant cows organized throughout the valley. One is held at the Petit St Bernard Pass (French-Italian border, just above La Thuile) around mid-August. Highly recommended is also Midsummer’s Day at the Pass, the only day in the year when the setting sun drops behind the mountains in such a way that darkness falls all around, but the remains of a stone circle stay sunlit. The Pro Loco sometimes organizes Druid ceremonies and/or special celebrations, special meals at local restaurants and evening entertainment.

Courmayeur is not far off and worth a visit for people-watching, the Alpine Guides museum and as the starting point for a spectacular cable car ride up Mont Blanc and down to Chamonix on the French side (or skiing down the Mer de Glace if you dare). Courmayeur also has an ice skating rink.

Best buys: if staying in self-catering, make sure you taste the local cheeses (specially recommend the Casa della Fontina on the main Mont Blanc road in Pre St Didier, low prices and excellent quality) and also try mocetta, ham made from mountain goat (capriolo). Another local speciality is ‘lardo con castagne’, very thinly sliced pork fat with chestnuts…… an unusual dish.

To take home: lots of wooden carved objects; ‘grolle’ of all sizes for drinking mountain coffee laced with grappa or local liqueurs such as genepy.

Written by Lorraine Beccaria - Owner of Property 54665 in La Thuile, Italy

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                                                                                                    Luxury accommodation & fantastic panoramic views

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                                                                                                    We arrived late in the evening, set our SatNav to Gignod Center upon leaving Geneva airport and then the directions supplied, to find the accommodation were perfect. The arrangements in place for access and obtaining the keys are excellent. We stayed in Apartment 4 and could not be more satisfied with the meticulous presentation and cleanliness. The beds are comfortable with good quality pillows and bedding, the bathrooms are well appointed, and the kitchen more than adequate for our holiday's needs, with good quality pots pans, glassware and crockery The panoramic views from the 2 balconies and the gardens are simply breathtaking. The short drive to Aosta with fabulous "old" streets and buildings, and access to it's amazing historic sites, was easy. There are plenty of authentic restaurants available at reasonable cost. With days out to: Martingy and Verbier for fabulous views of Switzerland and a visit to Foundation Barry. Turin - and hour and a half away, well worth the effort. The close by resort of Pila, if only for the amazing drive simply excellent. For a flavour of Alpine life and an "away from it all" break Couldn't be better
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                    Spectacular Apartment Highly Recommend

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                                                                                                    We stayed in the 1bedroom apartment, it is done to the highest spec possible. We stayed over Easter 16, for a mini snowboarding break. It took 2 hours from Malpensa Airport, which flew as the views from the dual carriage way were impressive. Apartment is a little hard to find, but just call the hosts and they'll come and meet you. Set in a little village, up a little hill over looking Aosta the view was amazing. You can walk into Aosta in about 15mins or drive to the cable car station within 10mins. Myself and partner can not highly recommend this place enough. Pila for snowboarding is a great resort too, gondola takes 20mins to get to Pila itself. We loved this place and this part of Italy, we will definitely come back. X
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                    Nice apartment, fantastic view

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The view from this apartment is stunning. I spent a week here in early autumn and had a great time. The apartment is beautifully clean, comfortable, and well equipped, Marinella is a charming and attentive hostess, and there's lots to see and do in the area.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016