Courmayeur is an Italian town in the Aosta Valley and renowned winter and summer tourist resort of the Alps, is the last Italian country before entering France. Its territory boasts the presence of the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc. Being at more than a thousand meters above sea level, its climate is mainly alpine with short, cool summers and cold and snowy winters. It is in fact one of the chosen destinations for lovers of snow sports, its peaks reachable through long paths are an unparalleled spectacle both in summer and winter, they are also visible from the city center which gives an atmosphere of other times.
In one day in Courmayeur it is possible to visit the main attractions, even if it is a place that deserves to be experienced even more. Let's find out together the guide of Courmayeur: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening.
- 10 things to see in Courmayeur in a weekend
- What to see in Courmayeur in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Courmayeur: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Courmayeur
- Plan your stay in Courmayeur: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Courmayeur in a weekend
1 - Church of San Pantaleone
Main place of Catholic worship of Courmayeur, the church of San Pantaleone dates back to 1700 and its external facade is recognizable thanks to a staircase that culminates at the church door. This parish is a quiet and collected place that invites you to pray, from the square in front you can admire the wonderful goose bumps landscape.
Inside you can see one polychrome stained glass window depicting San Pantaleone, and then several altars dedicated to the Madonna del Rosario, San Giuseppe, Santa Rita and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There is also a pipe organ.
- in Piazza Abbé Henry, Courmayeur's main square and within walking distance - Get directions
- every day 9: 00-19: 30
2 - Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Guérison
This sanctuary stands at the beginning of the Val Veny, and is one of the most important in the whole region of the Aosta Valley.
In the winter the church is unreachable, so you can visit it only if you plan your trip to Courmayeur in the summer. The view from here is to leave you breathless, it is a strategic point to be able to admire the entire Mont Blanc massif.
Inside the sanctuary you can see many ex-votos, especially concerning hikers and mountaineers who have escaped the danger during the attempts to ascend Mont Blanc or crossing the passes.
- is located at the foot of a glacier, in the Val Veny area, it can be reached by car or by a long walk for the more sporty - Get directions
- reachable only in the summer months, from July to September, open every day 9: 00-18: 00
3 - Mount Chétif
It is the mountain of the Grande Sassière and Rutor Alps overlooking Courmayeur to the west, and its name in French means "thin mountain". It is a goal suitable for lovers of hiking and climbing, it is in fact accessible via numerous paths starting from Plan Chécrouit and Pré de Pascal, or via a via ferrata which is accessed near Courba Dzeleuna.
From the top of Mount Chétif you can enjoy a wonderful panorama up to the municipality of Prés-Saint-Didier, which will make you forget all the effort made.
- just 10 km from Courmayeur, it is part of the Alps and can be reached via a via ferrata and many paths - Get directions
- always accessible
4 - Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden
And the highest alpine garden in Europe and is located in Italy, in the municipality of Courmayeur and was founded in 1984. With its 7 thousand square meters, it welcomes the alpine flora of Mont Blanc.
It is the perfect place for mountain and botany lovers, with thewide variety of plants present from all over the world. The garden is structured in two parts, on one there are the natural environments and on the other the artificial rocks with the species divided by geographical origin.
- is located on the Pavillon du Mont Fréty and can be reached by the Glaciers Cableway, or on foot with path 20 from La Palud - Get directions
- open only from June to September 9: 00-17: 00
- € 3,00 full, € 2,00 reduced
5 - Dolonne
Dolonne is a characteristic Valle d'Aosta village located in the municipality of Courmayeur, exactly at the foot of Mount Chétif. The name Dolonne has a curious history behind it, it has Latin origin and comes from the verb "dolere", the hamlet stood in an area close to the mines where the labor was represented by slaves and therefore the name probably refers to the suffering of the latter .
Today Dolonne is an important tourist center that it retains the typical rural village air, in fact, you can see ancient artifacts such as squares, wash houses, fountains and covered wooden passages characteristic of the place. It is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view already by crossing the bridge to reach the town, it is surrounded by mountains and greenery.
- from the center of Courmayeur it is possible to reach the village of Dolonne on foot, it is just over 600 meters away - Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Val Veny
Val Veny is an alpine valley located west of Courmayeur, at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif. It is a very quiet place where you can go for walks and excursions. There are also large car parks and benches where you can sit and rest while admiring the highest peaks in the Alps.
This place is perfect for those who love the mountains, even for those who are not great experts in long walks, the path is very easy for everyone and to facilitate hiking activities there are numerous shelters and bivouacs. Val Veny was also the venue for the Rockin'1000 musical event in 2017, and the main events of the Celtic Festival take place every year on the first weekend of July.
- the valley can be reached by car, starting from the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Guérison crossing Via Val Veny (about 10 min); and on foot starting comfortably from Camping Aiguille-Noire (about 15 min) - Get directions)
- always accessible
7 - Skyway Monte Bianco
Skyway Monte Bianco is a cable car that will take you to 3.466 meters high, but not only that, it is a unique experience that almost makes you touch the sky and go beyond the boundaries with thought. The hanging cabin rotates on itself to ensure that everyone inside has a breathtaking view of the ascent, even when the cabin is crowded.
Today includes three stations, from the 1-300 meters of Courmayeur - The Valley you reach an altitude of 2.173 meters of the Pavillon - The Mountain. And from here you reach the last peak of Punta Helbronner - The Sky at more than 3.000 meters. Traveling in the cabin, to the final destination, you will see from the Torino Refuge to the highest bookshop in Europe to restaurants with unparalleled views.
- is located 3 km from the center of Courmayeur and can be reached by car along the SS26 using the covered parking available - Get directions
- every day 8: 30-16: 30
- € 52,00 return ticket Courmayeur - Punta Helbronner, € 28,00 return ticket Courmayeur - Pavillon
8 - Duca Degli Abruzzi Alpine Museum
The Alpine Museum will show you one roundup of memorabilia from the past of alpine guides, not everyone knows that they have not only worked in the Alps but also in all continents and in very difficult situations.
On the ground floor of this museum the booklets of deceased guides are exhibited, while the books of the shelters on which the climbers marked their passage are collected in a display case. Then there are the boots used by Queen Margaret in the expedition to Spitzbergen in 1904 with which she reached the summit, and objects brought back from the various expeditions to Africa, the Himalayas, Tibet and India. And much more including photographs, documents and mountaineering equipment in two floors of exhibitions.
- the museum is located in Strada Del Villair a short distance from the historic center, within walking distance - Get directions
- May, June, September, October, November Tuesday-Sun 8: 30-12: 30 and 16: 00-18: 00; from 1 July to 31 August every day 8: 30-12: 30 and 16: 00-19: 00; from 1 December to 30 April 8: 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00
- € 5,00 full, € 3,00 reduced
9 - Park Stamp
The Bollino Park is a municipal park in the town center of Courmayeur, located right next to the Town Hall. It is the typical park in which to enjoy a moment of relaxation, but from here the view is far from typical, the peaks are clearly visible despite the presence of tall trees.
It is thealso ideal for carrying children and spend a few hours of leisure, there is in fact a playground that is difficult to find around Courmayeur.
- located very close to the historic center of Courmayeur, and can be reached on foot - Get directions)
- open every day 8: 00-20: 00
10 - Historic center of Courmayeur
The historic center of Courmayeur is a place where time seems to have stopped, is characterized by a mix of historical and modern. Walking through the alleys you will find that they almost climb one another up to the main street, where among other things you will find many shops, bars, cafes.
The houses are totally in mountain style, thanks to which the country takes on a romantic atmosphere. Citizens are also very kind and willing when it comes to meeting tourists and travelers.
- the historic center can be reached by driving along the State Road 26 and the E25 motorway, from Aosta it takes 35 minutes - Get directions)
- always accessible
What to see in Courmayeur in one day: recommended itinerary
In one day in Courmayeur you can start from the historic center, having breakfast at Bar Berthod.
Then visit the Church of San Pantaleone, the main Catholic place of worship in the city, if you can admire the fantastic panorama from the main square, Piazza Abbè Henry.
Then continue your tour at the Alpine Museum located right in the city center, inside you will see many photographs, documents and climbing equipment in two floors of exhibitions.
Then stop at Parco Bollino before having lunch in the nearby La Terrazza restaurant.
In the afternoon get ready to see the most beautiful peaks we have in Italy, those of the Mont Blanc massif, through the Skyway, the cabin that will take you to Punta Helbronner and back.
Once you get off the cable car, we advise you to reach Val Veny, to enjoy a spectacular sunset in a peaceful place like this valley.
For dinner, stop by La Zerotta, a typical restaurant located just on the way back from Val Veny, near Camping Aiguille-Noire.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Church of San Pantaleone - opening hours: every day 9: 00-19: 30 - ticket price: free
- Duca Degli Abruzzi Alpine Museum - opening hours: visit the official website - ticket price: € 5,00 full price, € 3,00 reduced
- Parco Bollino - opening hours: every day 8: 00-20: 00 - ticket price: free
- Skyway Monte Bianco - opening hours: every day 8: 30-16: 30 - ticket price: € 52,00 round trip Courmayeur - Punta Helbronner, € 28,00 round trip Courmayeur - Pavillon
- Val Veny - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
Where to eat in Courmayeur: the best restaurants
- La Terrazza Pizzeria Restaurant: restaurant with Italian menu and many Aosta Valley specialties, in an environment of wooden furnishings
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Via Circonvallazione, 73 (Get directions) / tel: +39 0165843330
- The Zerotta: typical mountain restaurant located close to the ski slopes and a summer camp
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Via Val Veny (Get directions) / tel: +39 0165869091
- Off-piste: restaurant with grilled meat specialties, pizza and soups
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Str. Vittoria, 13 (Get directions) / tel: + 39 0165842118
- Restaurant Pizzeria Brasseria La Padella: Italian-Valle d'Aosta restaurant with wooden furniture and terrace
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Vicolo Dolonne, 7 (Get directions) / tel: + 39 0165841977
- Le Vieux Pommier: Aosta Valley dishes and wines amidst wood paneling and furnishings in a rustic room with apple tree in the dining room
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Str. Margherita, 2 (Get directions) / tel: +39 0165842281
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Courmayeur
Courmaeyeur is so loved because it manages to combine skiing and nightlife in one splendid location. Indeed the evening here is all to be experienced and after a day on the slopes or on the trails, you can go wild in the clubs in the area. In fact, there is no shortage of lounge bars, cocktail bars and chic nightclubs. The reference point is via Roma, the main street of the city, where some clubs also organize street parties, that is, their own real parties on the outside of the room, transforming the street into an open-air disco.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Le Privé Cocktail Bar: restaurant in the center of Courmayeur with excellent aperitifs and cocktails / Address: Via Roma, 39 (Get directions)
- La Bouche: Cocktail bar open until 2am / Address: Via Regionale, 00 (Get directions)
- Club Haus 80's: disco very popular with groups of children and perfect for spending the evening in Courmayeur / Address: Via Circonvallazione, 48 (Get directions)
- THE CLUB: high altitude disco, exclusive, elegant and refined
Address: Via des Forges, 5 (Get directions)
- American Bar: specialized in aperitifs and dinners accompanied by local beers and cocktails
Address: Via roma, 43 (Get directions)
Plan your stay in Courmayeur: info and useful tips
- the easiest and most comfortable way is by car, it is connected to the north-west of Italy by the A5 motorway which connects Turin to the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Taking the main cities as a reference point: from Milan 218 km (2 h 36 min), from Turin 147 km (1 h 50 min), from Genoa 282 km (3 h 14 min)
- Getting around: to move around Courmayeur you can use the Savda city buses, also used by skiers to move from one slope to another. Inside the city center you can instead move on foot
- Where to park: the most convenient are the Parking Courmayeur, € 6,00 / day and located in the city center (Get directions), and the Parking Dolonne, € 1,50 / hour from 8:00 to 16:00 or € 0,50 , 16 / hour from 00: onwards. One of the few free car parks is the Val Veny car park which is located right in the valley
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Pré-Saint-Didier (5 km), Morgex (10 km), La Salle (13 km), La Thuile (14 km), Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses (60 km)