Do you remember “The Gold Rush” of Charlie Chaplin, and the scenes with the gold searchers that climb on the mountains covered by snow? Well, the Monte Rosa is the location that I propose you can visit in honor of this great artist!
The Monte Rosa Massif is located between Switzerland and Italy and it is the second highest mountain in the Alps. Many think that its name was derived from the color “rosa” (“pink” in English) but this is not true. The original name, in Franco-Provencal terms mean “glacier” (“rouese”, “rouja”, “roisa”).
Monte Rosa is great for walking, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding!
On clear days, from the massif of Monte Rosa you can see a striking view from the Padan plain, and its permanent glaciers are always shining under the sun.
You can reach the massif taking motorway A5, to the direction of Gressoney (exit at Pont Saint Martin). For the side of Val d’Ayas, you must leave the motorway at Verrès.
Or you can take a train to Verrès or Point Saint Martin.
You can stay in charming hotels (see photo below for an example) and taste the local food (like the delicious “Fontina”, a local cheese!). You can find a great oasis of peace to read, great places to walking, or you can play sports like skiing or snowboarding! A great place whichever the season!
Some words about “The Gold Rush”: many scenes of this film were made in the snow country of Sierra Nevada, recreating faithfully the historic images and the perspective of the Chilkoot Pass. And for the famous scene of the house on the edge of a precipice, there were some miniature models used in the studio!
All photos were taken with a Praktica LB and an Ilford FP4 film.