Turin | Gran Paradiso
3-d day. Cogne (1,534 m)
In Cogne we stayed at Bellevue Hotel & Spa****. with amazing views and Spa with a pool. The hotel has elegant design stile with home cozy village atmosphere. So staying in the hotel was one more trip impression. When we arrived it was sunny, we took bicycles (at the hotel you can take it) and went for a stroll along Prato di Sant’Orso — splendid large vast meadow.
On arrival day we decided to celebrate our trip by dinner at our house restaurant — it has Michelin star. To the night it became very cold and rainy, and next morning snow was lying. But when we came out to walk snow already had melted.
4-th day. Lillaz and Valnontey
Nearby Cogne: Lillaz
Next day we went to Lillaz water fall (by the hotel transfer, incl.in the rate, 4 km) One ought to have suitable shoos to hike. Stone paths were steep and wet, but everywhere were fixtures: climbing chains, steps, railings, all was thought out. Photos give not picture as waterfalls looked like, one must see them oneself.
Nearby Cogne: Valnontey
After waterfalls we went to Valnontey (by the hotel transfer, 3.5 km from Cogne).There were several routs to walk according a touristic map we took at the hotel. We choose one and went along the valley between mountains. Three was wild nature world around us, we had seen goats. But at the same time all was thought out again for tourists: in some time we came out to a meadow with a lot of benches — it was far from the town already.
5-th day. Gimillan (2,850 m)
Next day we went to Gimillan (by the hotel transfer, 4 km to a hill) There were plateau with the town and nearby small vast meadow on a top. Way back we decided to walk by foot. We saw path down, so we thought we could use it. But It was very steep way so we had to sit to get down.
6-th day. Cogne
Last day we preferred to stay at Cogne and walkig along the valley to Cretaz (1,5 km from a bridge to Cretaz) and back (2 km by streets). Before the travel I would like also to see Mont Blanc (55 km from Cogne), but it would take all day and be twice serpentine ride, so last day we preferred make relax day.
7-th day. Departure
On departure day we hadn’t anything to do, we departed as we had our breakfast. For airport we took transfer (145 km. 1 h 45 min) and enjoyed mountains views once more on the way.
You can look useful touristic info and accommodation in Gran Paradiso in an article
What to see & where to stay in Gran Paradiso
It was the second part of my trip to Turin and Gran Paradiso, You can read from begining: Turin