Mont Blanc: what to see on the roof of Europe

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What to see on Mont Blanc, excursions to discover the so-called roof of Europe, where it is located and differences between the French and Italian sides.


Tourist information

Mont Blanc is part of the Alpine chain and is located on the border between the Aosta Valley in Italy and Savoy in France.

4810 meters high, it represents the highest mountain in Europe and is rich in numerous glaciers including those of the Freney, Brenva and mer de Glace.


For fans of mountain excursions at high altitude, Mont Blanc has always been a very popular destination, reachable by following many routes, among which four are those used by the less experienced.

The easiest ascent routes, called normal routes, are the following: Italian side, Francesco Gonella refuge, French side Aiguille du Goûter, Grandes Mulets, Col du Midi or Trois Mont Blanc.

What see

The less distant huts are the Grands Mulets refuge at 3,051 m, the Vallot hut at 4,362 m, the Francesco Gonella refuge at 3,071 m, the Cosmiques refuge at 3,613 m and the Fourche bivouac.


The summit of Mont Blanc, also called the Roof of the Alps by many, is perpetually covered with snow and glaciers.

The French side descends gently to the valley while the Italian side is characterized by being formed by a very steep granite wall with spectacular panoramas on both sides.

Among the most famous peaks we can list the Giant's Tooth, the Grandes Jorasses, the Aiguille Noire del Peuterey, the Dôme du Goûter, Mont Dolent which marks the meeting point of the borders of Italy, Switzerland and France, the Spiers of Chamonix which represent one of the most suggestive landscapes of the French Alps.

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