Alagna is unique. A UNESCO world heritage site and is interesting in so many ways that the whole place blew us sideways – particularly given that we weren’t planning to visit this part of the Alps at all this time round. We accidentally found ourselves in the birth place of alpinism with beautiful but weird architecture during some pretty cruddy weather which only served to add to the mystical air about the place.
There’s only one place to park up legitimately in Alagna and that’s at Campeggio Alagna.
PRICE (February 2018): €21.50/night
Payable at the camping office. (FYI: Not all staff speak English – German, Italian and French or a combination of all three and sign language should get you through!).
Click here to see the full up to date price list for Campeggio Alagna
Alagna is sort of a pain to get to but, with the amazing freeride area stretching across a load of mountains and it’s kooky atmosphere, we highly recommend it to anyone on a tour through Europe but this one is NOT FOR BEGINNERS because the only route back into town is a sketchy red (more black on a bad day).
A trip to Alagna is for you if you want to tick any of the following boxes:
- Culture Points – this town is like a living museum and you can feel adventure and history oozing out of the rock
- You want awesome coffee and amazing food. There are gorgeous little places to eat and drink everywhere and you can afford to splash out because it’s amazing value
- You fancy trying your hand at a bit of off-piste and touring – a visit to the Tourist Office and you can pick up maps (if you know what you’re doing) and details for local guides and courses… what a lovely place to learn a new skill.
Approach to to Alagna
There’s only one way in and Alagna is the end of the road so you can’t miss it! It’s about 145km north-ish from both Milan and Turin and which ever what you’re coming or going, the chances are, you’re going to be skirting one or other of these Italian metropolises. There is an up and over route into Switzerland but even the foolhardy resist the temptation to ‘short cut’ in winter when the pass is mostly shut – we won’t even name it in case you’re tempted! The Simplon Pass is the route to take if you’re north bound!
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- Access to the Campeggio Alagna is very easy – no nasty tight roads or switchbacks – just follow your nose
- Once you enter the town, you’ll reach a junction – bear right (it’s actually the continuation of the road)
- On your right – turn into the camp ground through the security gates
- Alagna is quite, particularly during the week as there are a lot of holiday homes in Alagna
- Freeride Paradise – if you’re looking for off-piste, backcountry and/or hut to hut skiing – this really is paradise – does what it says on the tin!
- Cheaper than many alpine resorts and villages both for passes and eating out
- Extraordinary architecture
- Access to the whole Monterosa Ski Area
- Sauna available on site and nice facilities*
- Small but very well equipped shop on site – check opening hours
- Good bus service around town (you’ll need to use it unless you’re in training because it’s a schlep everywhere!) but check the timings, it’s not as regular as in many other resorts
- It’s deep in the valley so you’re not going to be sitting out supping Bombardino as the sun goes down – it gets chilly fast
- There aren’t really any supermarkets so you need to stock up or eat out (no bad thing)
- This isn’t a place for beginners – once the sun fades on the only run back to the valley, it crisps up quickly and it’s requires a sense of humour to get back on a bad day! Luckily, you’ll find a lot of other people are spooked on the last run so you’ll never be on your own
- *Our showers had to be quick – they appear to be mostly solar powered so they cool off fast when the sun goes down!
- It’s a bit of a pain to get to – a long drive from the UK (17hours+) but that does mean it’s not overrun by typical holiday makers