The origins of Breuil-Cervinia date back more than two hundred years, when uncontaminated nature reigned at the foot of the Matterhorn and the Breuil basin was a vast expanse of alpine land, reachable only after many hours of hard walking. Breuil means “land of many waters”, in reference to the vast number of lakes and torrents that run through the immense green meadows which in summer are covered in snow, where silence reigns. Just a little before the arrival point of the cable car that leaves from Breuil-Cervinia towards Plateau Rosà, there is a special museum that shows the great accomplishments of engineering necessary to construct the lift systems at such high altitudes and in doing so uncover the secrets of these mountains. It is the highest museum in Europe. The natural beauty of the scenery in a ski area dominated by the unmistakable site of the Matterhorn’s pyramid shaped granite peak, is simply breathtaking. The lift system and the 350 km of ski runs connect with the pistes of Zermatt in Switzerland and with those in Valtournenche, making it one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. It is possible to ski all day without doing the same run twice, even in the summer thanks to the lifts that go up to the Plateau Rosa and Ventina glaciers.