Great Saint Bernard

Great Saint Bernard

Hardly touched upon by mass tourism, the Great Saint Bernard Valley, the Valpelline and the Ollomont Valley offer delightfully wild, rocky landscapes in which it is possible to observe the surviving traces of the traditional alpine economy of Aosta Valley.

At the Great Saint Bernard Pass, some stretches are still visible of the ancient Roman Road that once led to the Summus Poeninus, where wayfarers used to pass through and where a Hospice for pilgrims was later founded by Saint Bernard of Menthon. This welcoming, deeply spiritual place remains operative to this today, and is open to visitors.

At the end of the Valpelline visitors will find the spectacular artificial lake of Place Moulin, with the artificial dam that was completed in 1965: a work of great economic importance for the production of hydroelectric energy that also offers the opportunity to take a peaceful walk along the path that runs beside it.

The Ollomont Valley, meanwhile, is a little gem suspended over the central valley, in a truly wild, unspoilt environment, unknown to most, where specimens of the local wildlife can often be spotted. The basin is rich in both water and flowers, and is surrounded by a superb chain of mountain peaks.

Localities

Roisan

Roisan

Situated opposite Gignod, on a balcony to the left of the Buthier Torrent at the foot of the Becca di Viou, Roisan lies at the mouth of the Valpelline in the Great Saint Bernard Valley.

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Gignod

Gignod

Gignod is located in a magnificent, sunny spot on the road of the ancient Via Francigena.

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Valpelline

Valpelline

A peaceful spot popular with those who prefer a middle-altitude break, the village lies amid vast expanses of fields and orchards, in a beautiful green basin.

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Ollomont

Ollomont

Located where Valpelline opens into a large valley, the chief town hosts an important parish church dating from 1775, around which the town centre developed.

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Allein

Allein

It is a peaceful village located on the left bank of the river Artanavaz.

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Doues

Doues

Thanks to its fortunate position, this middle-altitude village is the sunniest of the terraces in the Valpelline, and faces on to Monte Emilius and the Aosta Plain.

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Oyace

Oyace

Oyace is the first village of the upper part of the Valpelline. It faces towards the highest point of the Alps, dominated by the rocky pinnacles of the Morion chain.

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Bionaz

Bionaz

The village lies at the end of the Valpelline, downstream from the Place Moulin Dam, and is surrounded by an amphitheatre of lofty peaks, the highest of which is the Dent d’Hérens.

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Étroubles

Étroubles

This resort was already well known in Roman times as Restapolis because it was located on the transit route to the Great Saint Bernard Pass.

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Saint-Oyen

Saint-Oyen

Small village with beautiful houses in typical style. At the foot of the main village stands Château Verdun, the attractive hostelry of the canons of the Great St. Bernard and the Regina Pacis convent.

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Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses

Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses

The last municipality before the border into Switzerland and the gateway to the ancient Great Saint Bernard Pass, Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses enjoys plenty of sun even in the winter.

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