Monte Rosa is the snowcapped mountain, the first to be kissed by the sun at daybreak and which keeps you company every morning while you are having breakfast on your terrace at La Darbia.
It is not a common mountain: in fact Monte Rosa (after Mont Blanc) is the second highest peak in Europe at 4,634 meters above sea level, and its Eastern face (the one that you see from La Darbia) is the most extended in the Alps, for a width of 3,000 meters and 2,300 meters in height!
Some internationally renowned tourist resorts are situated at its foot: Zermatt and Saas-Fee on the Swiss side, Gressoney , Champoluc, Alagna and Macugnaga on the Italian side, the last two are at only an hour 's drive from La Darbia. The following are three descriptions of Monte Rosa with some interesting details:
1 – DUFOUR PEAK – it is the highest peak in the Monte Rosa range and it was first reached in 1855. Its name is a tribute to the famous cartographer and commander of the Swiss troops Guillaume Henri Dufour.
2 - CANALONE MARINELLI – a Paradise for lovers of extreme skiing: 2,300 vertical meters of pure adrenaline. Set out from Colle Gnifetti and ski downhill until reaching the Belvedere glacier in Macugnaga. For experts only!
3 - PUNTA GNIFETTI - The Regina Margherita Lodge, built in 1893, is located at the tip of this peak; at 4,554 meters above sea level it is the building at the highest altitude in Europe. It provides meals and accommodation for up to 70 guests and also hosts an important Science laboratory. If you have a pair of binoculars you can easily see it from the La Darbia.