Terra Alpina is a 19th century farmhouse that was completely rebuilt in 2007-2008 and converted into six luxury apartments. The apartments are between 66 and 100 m2 each and all feature excellent bathrooms (many with en-suite) and kitchens. All apartments overlook the valley and have either a balcony or a small private garden, together with shared access to a communal garden of 1.5 acres. Even by the standards of the Alps, the views are spectacular. Terra Alpina is located above the village of Gignod, 15 minutes drive from the city of Aosta in the direction of Switzerland. In winter, it is convenient for the major ski resorts of Pila (20 minutes), Courmayeur and La Thuile (45 minutes) and Cervina, Monte Rosa and Verbier (all under one hour). In summer, it is surrounded by beautiful walking country (the major hiking route from western Italy to Switzerland passes 300 metres from Terra Alpina), it is two kilometres from a nine hole golf club and many other outdoor activities are close by.
Local attractions: Aosta is an extremely historic city, with more Roman remains than any city outside Rome itself, including much of its original city walls. Aosta has always been the principal gateway between Italy and France, so there are numerous beautiful castles, such as Forte di Bard.
In the city centre, the pedestrianised main street, has endless shops and cafes and also links many of the Roman ruins with the main square, Piazza Chanoux.
During the summer holidays, there are performances, sound and light exhibitions and concerts in the Roman ruins (five minutes walk from Piazza Chanoux). There are also concerts in the many castles in the Aosta Valley, and frequent festivals of local arts and crafts including some beautiful wood carvings.
There are also carnivals that go back hundreds of years, food and wine festivals which demonstrate the cuisine of the Aosta Valley and organised adventures, such as winter hiking (complete with snow shoes).