Living in Breuil-Cervinia, part 2: Work, Scenery

Hi everyone and I hope you enjoyed the first episode of “Living in Breuil-Cervinia“! If you didn’t read it yet, here’s the link – click click click!

This time I’m going to tell you some more about the place and what I do here.
As most of you already know, I work in a hotel here as a front desk receptionist. I used to love this job 8 years ago when I first started but now it’s getting a bit boring. Anyway what I like about it is:
  • I work on holidays, but I get days off during the week and this means all shops are open, I don’t have to queue in restaurants, cinemas or so (not that there’s anything like that here, but I’m just saying…) and there’s no traffic etc.
  • I work in shifts, so when I work in the afternoon I can sleep as much as I want (couldn’t live without), while when I wake up early as I did today, I am super tired but I know I am off at 4pm and I can sleep or do whatever I want in the afternoon. Win-win!
  • I get to know maaany people.
  • I get to travel to different locations and I always got free accommodation and food in addition to the salary, which is cool. Speaking about this, I just realized that in my “blogging life” I wrote 2 posts about my job, and they are completely opposite in terms of feelings towards it. How funny. Here they are: I have a dream job and Manifesto of the frustrated traveler.

Okay, I am going off topic.



So here is where I work:

The Hotel where I work at sunrise

The Hotel where I work at sunrise

 It’s a small boutique hotel with 27 rooms only, super nicely decorated and with very laid back atmosphere, staff and owners. 

What I like a lot about it is the beautiful views of the mountains all around, especially on sunny days.

View over the mountains of Cervinia

View over the mountains of Cervinia

View over the mountains in Cervinia

And here is the view on the other side. :)

By now you probably noticed that we have a gorgeous outdoors, heated swimming pool… I drool every time I see it but as a member of the staff I am not allowed to use it. Anyway I have to say I work in a truly beautiful environment!

Another thing I want to share with you is the road I have to walk in order to get all the way up to the hotel. It’s a long way, and it takes me about 30 minutes each way, walking. It’s pretty steep! But sometimes I spend this half hour admiring the surroundings… I never thought mountains could be so interesting!

On a sunny day I was walking up to the hotel when I saw a lot of water on the road: the snow was melting and this is pretty bad especially when cars drive by and squirt you with water!

This time though I noticed the beautiful reflection of Mount Cervino in the puddle.

Cervinia, Cervino Matterhorn reflected in water

Mount Cervino reflection in melting snow

I suggest you to click on the photos to enlarge them! This one below shows how dramatic the surroundings are!

On the way to work, Cervinia

My colleagues coming back from work while I go up



Here in Cervinia, it’s all about clouds. They make all the difference in the landscape. 

Too cloudy=no landscape. No clouds=boring landscape. Some clouds=nice to awesome!

View from workplace, first snow of the season

View from workplace, first snow of the season

 Wind also plays its important role, blowing snow into the air, transforming the surroundings into a dreamlike location.

I am so happy I had my camera on me when I saw the “snow cloud” below – the wind on the top of Mount Cervino was stronger than ever and it blew snow in the air for kilometers, giving this cloud a beautiful shape of a wave. It was something that I will never forget and I never saw anything like that in the following months!

Mount Cervino and the snow cloud. I saw something unique!

Mount Cervino and the snow cloud. I saw something unique!

Wind on Mount Cervino

Wind on Mount Cervino

Wind on La Grande Muraille

Wind on La Grande Muraille

Blue and white definitely go well together, and not only in reefers.

Snow is the other main character, at least during the winter. White and blue, blue and white. But don’t think it’s boring!

A house that looks like it's built on snow, Cervinia, Italy

A house that looks like it's built on snow, Cervinia, Italy

Off pist trails in the snow

Off pist trails in the snow

A little avalanche

A little avalanche

 So this is what surrounds me. I hope you enjoyed the tour!

I took all of this photos on my way to and from work, can you believe it?


In the meantime It’s snowing again here, and it looks like we’re back in december… 

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14 Responses to Living in Breuil-Cervinia, part 2: Work, Scenery

  1. Mina Mahrous says:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t hate such a job, atleast there is something rewarding about it :D

    But well I believe that soon your contract ends right? still excited about that or you think you’ll miss those views? :D

    • Giulia says:

      I won’t miss the views, as I like the desert much more. :)
      And yesss my contract will be over on April 30th. Can’t wait!!!

  2. Ayngelina says:

    It is really gorgeous there. You know I always worked 9-5 and envied the people who had unstructured hours because I`d see them in Starbucks during midweek and wished I could do that too.

    Now I freelance and my hours are like that, and I love being out when everyone is at work.

    • Giulia says:

      I tried working 9-6 once (in NYC) and it made me so depressed! I like this schedule as it doesn’t make the job even more boring. I know some people would never accept working on weekends or holidays but I don’t care as long as I don’t have a family or anything like that.
      Congrats on the new job, I am sure it’s giving you many satisfactions :)

  3. Ceri says:

    As boring as you’re starting to find it, I’d love to do a job like that for a while. SO much beauty and meeting so many new people (tourists) every day. :) Maybe I’ll have to come check that place out one day and pay you a visit.

    • Giulia says:

      You can come anytime! Be my guest:) It’s a very nice job and it has more pros than cons for me but after 8 years I think everything starts to feel boring!
      Maybe I just need to travel around for a while and then I’ll find my lost passion for this job again. Who knows? :)

  4. Jesslie says:

    Well the views of the mountains are really relaxing and if I were there working at those places, I would definitely love to enjoy the view!

  5. Julie says:

    Wow! That must be such a wonderful place! I wish I ever had the chance to get there…The sky is so blue! I fell in love with those mountains..

  6. Allen says:

    Wow, I wish I have a job like yours. With such beautiful scenery, I wouldn’t mind the other factors at work.

  7. Dani says:

    Not a bad place to work at!! A shame though that staff isn’t allowed to use the pool. When I worked at a 5* hotel in the Austrian Alps we were allowed to use the pool, spa and sauna and we took advantage of that all winter long :) Great photos, by the way!

    • Giulia says:

      Wow, that’s unusual! I never heard of hotels that allowed stuff to use facilities. Cool!:) I would’ve taken advantage too, hehe:)
      Thanks Dani!!!

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