Monte Rosa, Italy – One of Europe’s Best Kept Secrets

Blue skies, sun, snow, fresh air, and countless opportunities for outdoor activities away from crowds: the perfect solution for those looking to break free from the stress and routine of everyday life. The source of this wellness prescription? Monte Rosa, the second highest mountain in Italy, located in the Pennine Alps between Italy and Switzerland.


A Mountain with a Rich History and Intriguing Origins

Monte Rosa has been known by various names throughout history, including Nelkron, Nelikron, Mont Pan, Monte Silvio, and Biosson. The origin of its current name, Monte Rosa, is shrouded in mystery and debated by linguists. Some believe it derives from the Longobardic word “Hrosa,” an ancient Germanic language spoken by settlers in Italy during the 6th century. Others believe it originates from the Aostian word “roëse,” while yet another theory suggests a connection to the Latin word “Rosia.” Despite the uncertainty surrounding its name’s origins, the shared meaning across all theories is clear: Monte Rosa means “mountain of ice.

Of the three valleys that occupy the base of Monte Rosa, the pine wood-surrounded Champoluc is the largest. As far as skiing is concerned, it’s ideal for beginner and intermediate levels, with an easily accessible slope in Antagnod. It also offers a wide range of off-mountain activities such as ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, the classic Italian après-ski and several stores, boutiques and restaurants. The ideal place to relax after a day of intense mountain activities, while admiring the incredible view over the region’s dramatic glaciers and peaks.

A Haven for Adventure and Relaxation

Monte Rosa beckons adventurers of all levels, offering a plethora of outdoor activities to tantalize your senses. From exhilarating off-piste skiing and heli-skiing adventures to tranquil snowshoeing excursions and serene ice climbing expeditions, there’s something for everyone to experience the magic of this winter wonderland. Its 180 km of trails are a delight to any snow and mountain sports lover, who find here the perfect haven for a few days of relaxation and communion with nature.

After a day of exhilarating exploration, retreat to Aethos Monterosa hotel, a luxurious haven nestled amidst the pine forests of Champoluc. This ski resort offers stylish suites and a variety of amenities designed to pamper and soothe weary souls.

As you savor the tranquility of your retreat, indulge in culinary delights at the hotel’s two restaurants, Summit and 1568. At Summit, savor traditional Alpine cuisine infused with modern techniques, while at 1568 restaurant, experience a more refined dining experience in a cozy and intimate setting.

Monte Rosa beckons you to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. Take a deep breath, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and let the silence of nature soothe your soul. This winter, let Monte Rosa be your guide to a journey of wellness, rejuvenation, and unforgettable memories.

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