This is a wonderful place, not only for winter sports enthusiasts. We were there in the Summer and loved our stay, for the third year in a row.
In the centre of the small village of Gressoney La Trinite', the home offers the perfect base for wonderful hikes in the Upper Lys Valley. Paths are well kept and marked (find maps and information at the Tourist Office, just across the road from Alfredo's place), allowing you to explore diverse environments ranging from Larch forests - with centuries-old trees, rasperry bushes, wild strawberry plants, sheltering shrews, jays, redstarts, roe deer, chamoix - to high altitude alpine meadows where wild blueberries, and flowers with incredibly intense colours grow, home to marmots, ibex, ermines, golden eagles, kestrels... (we met every animal I mention, tasted every berry!). Day hikes take you to the glacier source of the River Lys, or alpine lakes where children enjoy catching frogs, or Rifugi where you can try out local dishes (and find shelter if it rains). One night we even slept in a bivouac at 2700 m, exceptionally well maintained by the local Club Alpino Italiano section.
The village is home to a small community of Walser people, speaking a german language, proud of their ancient history and culture. True, it is a small place, and there is no real supermarket. But "Alimentari Welf", a family-run shop some 200 m up the road from Alfredo's place, sells all you need: from fresh fruit and vegetables to local breads, mocetta (air-dried meat), the most delicious local cheeses, biscuits and cakes. Another incredible shop (between the Church and the Lys) stocks all sorts of items, from sun hats to laundry pegs.
The home has all basic equipment one needs, including loads of snack boxes for packed lunches. Alfredo even provided a microwave this year - while a fancy espresso machine was already available last year. What is exceptional is the number of rooms available, each one with its own comfortable bathroom. We used one room for us, one for the kids, and one for the grandparents - ideal!
Thanks, Alfredo, we will come back!