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Valorisation intégrée touristique transfrontalière

The project “Trekking autour du Cervin – Valorisation intégrée touristique transfrontalière” is part of the European Territorial Co-operation plan between Italy and Switzerland for the Unified Regional Development Strategy 2007-2013. It is aimed at the tourist promotion of trekking in the Matterhorn valley and Valais Canton of Switzerland.

Thanks to the work of specialised engineers, as well as to the cooperation with the municipalities of Emarèse, Saint-Vincent, Châtillon, La Magdeleine, Antey-Saint-André, Chamois, Valtournenche and Torgnon, a trekking route has been created that starts from the central valley, passes at the foot of the Matterhorn and then slopes down again, creating a circular route with extraordinary value from the point of view of nature and landscape. Precisely for its panoramic view, this route has been called "Gran Balconata" (The Grand Balcony) of the Matterhorn.  It is a real "green way" connecting several natural resources of this territory and providing different cultural and leisure offers, thus giving to tourists a complete overview of the treasures of the area at the foot of the "Gran Becca", as local inhabitants call the Matterhorn.

This project gave rise to an integrated system of promotional activities and interventions that allowed to place a new product for summer holidays on the tourist market of the Aosta Valley, which can meet the needs of those tourists who love to spend time outdoor but, at the same time, want to explore the territory where they are staying, fully enjoying its special characteristics, and even its specialty foods.

The main strength of this project originates from local operators and Municipalities strong will of promoting touring in the Valtournenche as a leading product for summer tourism.  The "Gran Balconata" is a first example of how physical activities can be combined with discovery of natural beauties, leisure and stays in villages and refuges where the Aosta Valley gastronomy and traditional tastes are ever present.

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