More towns and villages beautiful in the Aosta Valley

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Le natural beauty of Valle d'Aosta are many and the lovers of mountain holidays they cannot really escape the charm of this region. Ideal in winter for its snow-covered slopes and in summer for the possibility of walking and climbing, the Aosta Valley contains within it not only natural beauties but also a network of medieval villages able to take the breath away of any visitor. Let's discover together the 10 villages not to be missed during your visit to Valle D'Aosta.

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.


  1. Saint Pierre
  2. Antagnod
  3. Avise
  4. arnad
  5. gressan
  6. Fénis
  7. Bard
  8. etroubles
  9. La Salle
  10. Verres
  11. Gressoney-Saint-Jean
  12. Courmayeur
  13. Cogne
  14. Morgex
  15. La Thuile
  16. Champoluc / Ayas
  17. Chamois
  18. Pré-Saint-Didier
  19. Saint Vincent
  20. Nus
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Saint Pierre

Nestled in the mountains and framed by expanses of apple orchards, Saint Pierre rises at 371m above sea level. Saint Pierre Castle it dates back to the th century and is open to different families; today it houses the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of the Aosta Valley.

The village has a second castle, the Sarriod de la Tour, located on a rock spike on the Dorea Baltea, also from the th century. The interiors are decorated with frescoes that are fading but still remain of good artistic value, including the Crucifixion of Christ and the San Cristoforo.

  • Ideal time for a visit: the typical architecture of the area shows its maximum splendor in winter, when the roofs are whitened by snow. However, even the end of summer, when apple orchards and vines bear fruit is particularly fascinating
  • Specialty of the village: Honey; red wines DOC Valle d'Aosta Torrette and Valle d'Aosta Torrette supérieur; Renette apples
  • The Inn of the Dreamers - Get directions
  • 22,6 km from Aosta; 36 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

2 - Antagnod

Located on the western side of the Ayas Valley, Antangod is located at 1710m above sea level and is part of the Evancon mountain community. The meaning of the name of the village is "before the wood" and this already makes us understand the wonderful natural scenery in which it is located.

The village presents the millennial Church of Saint Martin de Tours with a baroque altar carved in wood, it also consists of winding streets overlooked by delightful wooden houses. Besides having an enviable exposure to the sun, Antagond enjoys a unique view of Monte Rosa.

  • Ideal time for a visit: Antagnod has state-of-the-art ski facilities which in winter attract expert and less experienced skiers, thanks to the large number of slopes available
  • Specialty of the village:
  • (dried meat); polenta concia; Bouilli à la saumure (boiled salted meat)
  • Kraemer Thal - Get directions
  • 64,2 km from Aosta; 1 hour and 10 minutes by car - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

3 - Avise

Located at the mouth of the Valdigne, Avise is a small village of about 300 inhabitants famous for its castles.

In Avise you can admire the Blonay Castle, a square tower with battlements, and the adjacent parish of San Brizio. The 1492 Castle of Avise has remained well preserved and is also equipped with a square tower decorated with upside-down teardrop drains. In addition, the ruin that once was the Castle of Cré dating back to the th century is worth a visit.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in June, in honor of the Fiocca Festival in the village of Beileun
  • Specialty of the village: Fiocca, a hand-whipped cream with the help of willow twigs, obviously without leaves, and ice, in a cave; rice and chestnuts with milk; Aosta Valley veal cutlet, with fontina cheese and eggs, fried in butter
  • Lords of Avise - Get directions
  • 17,6 km from Aosta; 21 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

4 - Arnad

Located at 360m above sea level Arnad intertwines art, nature and architecture in a village that has survived the passing of the centuries.

Do not miss the Echallod Bridge with its triple stone arch; the Seventeenth-century Valleise Castle, arranged on 3 floors, surrounded by walls and decorated with two square towers; the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Nevi; the Casaforte di Ville and the Upper Castle.

  • Ideal time for a visit: The last weekend of August, in honor of the lard festival held in La Keya
  • Specialty of the village: Arnad lard; pèilà, a soup made from rye and wheat flour, with bread, fontina cheese and butter; carbonade, salted beef, slowly cooked with garlic and smoked lard in salt, in a dry white wine sauce, with egg, flour, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and nutmeg
  • La Kiuva - Get directions
  • 44 km from Aosta; 38 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -

5 - Gressan

Located not far from Aosta, Gressan is at 626m asl and is immersed in a territory rich in orchards.

Among the monuments to see in Gressan, it is impossible not to mention the Chapel de la Madeleine with Romanesque apse and two-storey bell tower with mullioned windows. Noteworthy are also the Tour de Villa Castle and the Torre de la Plantà, which however do not allow access to visitors. Not far from Gressan is the Cote de Gargantua Nature Reserve, famous for containing the elongated spur, the "giant's little finger" (as the legend tells) invented by Rabelais.

  • Ideal time for a visit: the first Sunday of October to attend the apple festival celebrations
  • Specialty of the village: apple cider; sorsa, thick soup prepared with broth, black bread, potatoes, beans, green beans, carrots, pears and apples; Renette apples
  • Gargantua Tavern - Get directions
  • 4,9 km from Aosta; 8 minutes drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -

6 - Fénis

Fénis is located at 541m above sea level and is protected by a thicket chestnut forest.

The main tourist attraction of Fénis is the castle, one of the greatest symbols of the Aosta Valley Middle Ages. It was probably built before the th century and was enlarged many times at the behest of Aimone di Challant, his son Bonifacio I and Bonifacio II, who had a cycle of frescoes by Giacomino d'Ivrea inserted there. Furthermore, in Fénis you will be able to see some strongholds, such as Casaforte de Putat, Casaforte of Chenoz; as well as the sixteenth-century noble houses of the Tillier and Ramein.

  • Ideal time for a visit: summer to enjoy nature walks
  • Specialty of the village: Fénis rolls, veal rolls stuffed with mocetta and fontina cheese; Mécoulin, typical sweet bread; Aosta Valley coffee, infused with brandy, sugar, lemon zest (alcohol burns caramelizing the sugar during cooking), it is drunk from the friendship cup
  • Trattoria Le Bourg - Get Directions
  • 20,3 km from Aosta; 22 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

7 - Bard

Member of the mountain community of Monte Rosa and populated by about 130 souls, Bard presents a fairytale landscape where the stone architecture merges with the rocks of the mountains.

The town is dotted with refined and elegant five and eighteenth-century palaces, such as the Bishop's House, the Valperga House, the Ciuccia House, the Meridiana House, and the Challant House.
Worth a visit too the th century Forte di Bard, built on a rocky wall overlooking the Dora Baltea.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in the period of August when the patron saint of the city is celebrated and the medieval mid-August is held
  • Specialty of the village: Stuffed courgette flowers baked in the oven; melia pasta with corn flour; red wine from the Bard barrels
  • Casa Ciuca - Get directions
  • 48,1 km from Aosta; 1 hour and 19 minutes by car - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

8 - Etroubles

Etroubles is an oasis of peace against the backdrop of the Gran San Bernardo massif. Inserted in the mountain community Gran Combin, the municipality consists of scattered villages which also reach 1600 meters in height.

From the point of view of medieval architecture, the hamlet of Vachery is very beautiful.
Etroubles is most famous for its own nature and ski trails: many ski slopes start from here but also many itineraries for summer walks.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in summer if you are fond of alpine trekking, in winter if you are passionate skiers
  • Specialty of the village: puarò, leek soup; Valle d'Aosta-style crêpes, with fontina cheese and ham; Bleu d'Aoste, blue cheese
  • Le Vieux Bourg - Get directions
  • 16, 9 km from Aosta; 23 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

9 - La Salle

Located in the heart of the Valdigne and part of the Valdigne Mont Blanc mountain community, La Salle is divided into winding paths and tender pastures, giving the visitor the idea of ​​finding himself in a story by Heidi.

Outside the city center, in an elevated position, is the Chattelard Castle which shows the classic donjon, the circular tower typical of some castles in the Aosta Valley built between the th and th centuries.
Among the things to see in La Salle do not miss the Ask for San Cassiano, an imposing stone construction that contains valuable paintings inside.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in mid-August for the celebration of the patron saint, San Cassiano, and for the following Artété festival with its spectacular organ concerts
  • Specialty of the village: Creinchein, sweet sweetened with butter; tartiflette, dish with reblochon cheese, potatoes, onions and bacon
  • La Cassolette Restaurant - Get directions
  • 28,7 km from Aosta; 32 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 110,00 per room -

10 - Verrès

Located in the mountain community Evancon, Verrès offers beauties landscaping and architectural unique in their kind, such as the Murasses, a stable with a lowered vault and a dovecote today home to local structures.

In Verrès you must not miss the visit of the castle which hosts the most awaited party in the village: the Carnival. In addition, a visit to the Provostura di Saint-Gilles church is also not to be missed, located at the mouth of the Valle D'Ayas on the east bank of the Evancon.

  • Ideal time for a visit: during Carnival to participate in the celebrations at the Castle, with games, themed banquets and masked balls
  • Specialty of the village: Valle d'Aosta soup, made with black bread, cabbage and fontina cheese; trout in butter
  • Due Valli Restaurant - Get directions
  • 40,3 km from Aosta; 34 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

11 - Gressoney-Saint-Jean

Its at the foot of Monte Rosa, Gressoney-Saint-Jean is a popular destination for hikers and skiers, rich in history and traditions linked to the Alemannic origins of the Walser, who settled here in the th and th centuries. The nucleus of the old town is very pretty, perfect for shopping, and characterized by two squares: the lower one surrounded by buildings from the seventeenth-eighteenth century, while the upper one by buildings typical of the nineteenth-twentieth century.

The nearby church of San Giovanni Battista, which on the façade has a bronze bust depicting the queen of Italy Margherita of Savoy, is also dedicated to the Capanna Margherita, a refuge and meteorological observatory where she herself climbed. Then there is the fairytale Savoy Castle, a summer residence that Margherita had built in the Belvedere area and with a beautiful view of the Rosa. The "Beck-Peccoz" Alpenfaunamuseum is characterized by most significant specimens of the region's wildlife heritage. The nearby Grover Lake is a particular attraction because it offers a beautiful view of Monte Rosa.

  • Ideal time for a visit: All the year. In particular, on 23 and 24 June celebrations are held in honor of San Giovanni with very large fires, the inhabitants then celebrate with toasts and "spisie" (typical snacks)
  • Specialty of the village: Gressoney toma cheese and barley beer grown in the Gran San Bernardo valley
  • Nordkapp Restaurant - Get directions
  • 80 km from Aosta; 1 hour 20 minutes drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

12 - Courmayeur

Lying in the near Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is located in the western area of ​​the Aosta Valley and offers its visitors splendid landscapes, itineraries overlooking the white mountains, green meadows and superb glaciers. Among the main attractions there is certainly the Courmayeur Mont Blanc ski area, which has over 33 slopes that extend on two sides (Val Veny and Plan Chécrouit); the most famous and famous descent is certainly that of the Vallée Blanche, which arrives in Chamonix by crossing the Mer de Glace glacier.

Moving to the city center, its hub is definitely Corso Roma, worldly, very commercial, chic and very popular with tourists of all kinds, full of restaurants, clubs and bars for all tastes; also in the area the main cultural attractions are the Church of Saints Pantaleone and Valentino, the Alpine Museum of the Duke of Abruzzi and the cross-border Museum of Mont Blanc. Furthermore, a few kilometers from Courmayeur, there are the famous Terme di Pré Saint Didier.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in winter for ski enthusiasts. Large festivities are organized for Carnival, Valentine's Day and Easter Monday, when the "Foire de la Paquerette" is held, a craft fair that fills the streets of the center with over 300 stalls
  • Specialty of the village: roe deer alla valdostana, potato flan
  • Cadran Solaire Restaurant - Get directions
  • 35 km from Aosta; 30 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

13 - Cogne

A few kilometers from Aosta rises the village of Cogne, precisely at gates of the Gran Paradiso National Park; starting from the town center, the church dedicated to Sant'Orso is definitely worth a visit, which preserves a splendid eighteenth-century organ, rebuilt in 1872 with the contribution of King Vittorio Emanuele II. Right next to the inhabited center stands the Prato di Sant'Orso, one of the largest mountain meadows in Europe. Then there is the Royal Castle (now owned by the bishop), the "Maison di Pits" where you can admire the ancient workmanship of bobbin lace. We then continue to the house museum of Alpine culture and the "Maison de Cogne Gerard - Dayné".

Obviously the valley represents a real jewel with its splendid views, particular traditions, place perfect for sports lovers: from climbing to trekking, from mountain biking to Nordic walking and then obviously alpine and cross-country skiing practicable on more than 80 km of slopes. Not everyone knows, however, that at the end of a 3 km long walk outside Cogne, there are the splendid Lillaz waterfalls.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. For those who love traditions, a big festival is held in September, called Deveteya, in honor of the descent of the herds from the mountain pastures
  • Specialty of the village: "seupetta di cogne", a soup made with rice, bread, fontina cheese, butter and spices
  • La Brasserie du Bon Bec - Get directions
  • 26 km from Aosta; 35 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

14 - Morgex

At 920 meters above sea level stands the pretty village of Morgex, located among the woods, meadows and vineyards of the famous Valdigne; the inhabited center is extremely picturesque and particular, in fact, we find the Church of Santa Maria, mother church of the village and which today appears to be the result of several alterations dating back to around 1600. Then there is the Torre de l'Archet, dating back to 998 according to some historical sources and located at the western end of the center of Morgex.

Its privileged position allows you to be able to explore the surrounding trails where the flora and fauna live undisturbed: entering the woods you can come across squirrels, deer, badgers, hares and ibex, which hide in the birch woods.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. Every year on August 15th the Badoche is held, on the occasion of the celebration of the Assumption there are dances and celebrations
  • Specialty of the village: Priè Blanc indigenous vine, from which the Blanc de Morgex and La Salle are obtained
  • Café Quinson Restaurant de Montagne - Get directions
  • 25 km from Aosta; 20 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

15 - La Thuile

La Thuile is located in the Piccolo San Bernardo valley and rises right next to its coal mines; today La Thuile is known as one of the larger and more extensive ski resorts of the western alpine side, it boasts a spectacular landscape both in winter and in summer thanks to the spectacular Mont Blanc.

In the center you can admire the parish church dedicated to San Nicola and dating back to the XII century; her strategic position made it in the past a place of fortifications for Prince Thomas in the th century. Perfect place for the trekking lovers, among the most beautiful routes there is that of Lake Verney, an alpine lake of over twenty hectares which from spring to July is enriched with flowers of all kinds. Other places not to be missed in the surrounding area include the high altitude environments of the Thuilette and Sozin combs.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. At Carnival there is the night race of the Trambelle sulla Neve with its handmade and picturesque sleds; while the Maratona du Montblanc is held in the second half of July
  • Specialty of the village: Nettle, polenta and apple soup
  • Taverna Coppapan and Pizzeria Le Dahu - Get directions
  • 50 km from Aosta; 1 hour drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -

16 - Champoluc / Ayas

Champoluc is a fraction of the municipality of Ayas and is located right in the valley at the foot of Monte Rosa: for this reason it offers a special landscape and absolutely not to be missed. Obviously her position makes her attractive to her parents 180 km of slopes where you can ski, in particular you can choose between three valleys where you can also do other activities, both for adults and children. However, the valley is also home to pine, larch and fir woods, the perfect place during the summer for walks in the woods and high-altitude trekking.

In the center of the ancient village it is easy to come across old traditional houses call rascard and admire the deconsecrated church of Sant'Anna, a true th century jewel. Just outside the township, you can enter the pine forest of Pian Villy, perfect for having a packed lunch and exploring the meanders of these woods which in winter become even more suggestive because you might come across imaginative sculptures created by local artists and representing fairies, gnomes and graceful animals hidden in the trees or buried by the snow.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. Every year on August 15th there is the Alpine Guide Festival, a celebration of the mountain and of those who live there for work or for pleasure, the Alpine Guides will be seen parading through the streets of the town
  • Specialty of the village: Eggs and Fontina DOP, Polenta di Cervo
  • Ristorante Pizzeria Churen - Get directions
  • 65 km from Aosta; 1 hour drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

17 - Chamois

Ai foot of the Matterhorn, Chamois is an alpine village where you can breathe the most pristine and clean air of the whole Val d'Aosta, typical of an environment without paved roads, traffic and cars, in fact the only way to reach the city is to use the cable car. Its pretty center welcomes all types of tourists in its central square where there is a small church, the town hall of the village and some accommodation facilities; from this square then some paths branch off that lead to the nearby hamlets.

Among the other attractions of the center there are the parish church of San Pantaleone inside which there are the statue of Santa Barbara, the wooden statue of Sant'Antonio and San Lorenzo, a Madonna with Child and two statues dedicated to San Pantaleone . This township is perfect and ideal both in summer and in winter: in the mild period it is perfect for those who love slow walking and mountain excursions, while during the winter season it offers the opportunity to take advantage of numerous ski slopes.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all year round, but especially during the Christmas period, when traditional craft markets are organized
  • Specialty of the village: Aosta Valley cutlet, Valdostana crepes
  • Chez Pierina - Get directions
  • 36 km from Aosta; 40 minutes by car and 10 minutes by cable car - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -

18 - Pré-Saint-Didier

Located in the center of the Valdigne, Pré-Saint-Didier is a village that presents a splendid scenery towards the Little Saint Bernard, but is also famous for its historical and artistic testimonies: the Parish Church of San Lorenzo, founded between the year 1000 and 1100, which was remodeled several times and houses a precious triumphal arch crucifix; right next to it is the Romanesque-Lombard bell tower.

In Pré-Saint-Didier you can also find a ancient thermal establishment, built in 1834 and refurbished for a few decades: the techniques and services of which the establishment is equipped makes this village famous throughout the district, there is in fact nothing more beautiful than having a sauna looking at the landscape of Mont Blanc snowy. Moreover, for fans and not, not far from the village there is the so-called Orrido, una embedded waterfall between the rocky walls that originate from the waters of the Dora di Verney, coming from the calle del Piccolo San Bernardo.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. Every year on May 31 the patronal feast of the Chapel of the Visitation is celebrated
  • Specialty of the village: leek bundles, fondue
  • Trattoria La Vecchia Stazione - Get directions
  • 42 km from Aosta; 1 hour drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -

19 - Saint Vincent

Also known as the "Riviera delle Alpi" for the "mild" climate that characterizes it, Saint Vincent, is located in the eastern Aosta Valley and preserves, almost intact, ancient evidence of the past, especially in its center: for example the parish church of Romanesque architecture dedicated to San Vincenzo, dating back to the 1000th century and containing a crypt built before the year ; this was finally modified by the architect Camillo Boggio.

Walking through the center, one cannot fail to notice the Casino de la Vallée and the imposing Grand Hotel Billia, two buildings that boast a long story. Among the museums not to be missed are the Mineralogical and Pleontological Museum of the Cenacolo Italo Mus which boasts a collection of 750 minerals and 170 fossils, the Civic Gallery of Modern Art. Saint Vincent is also known for its famous Fons Salutis, thermal springs discovered in 1770 by the priest Abbé Jean-Baptiste Perret. Since that time the spa has undergone strong growth and is now known throughout Europe.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. From July to September, shows, workshops, markets, exhibitions and concerts alternate
  • Specialty of the village: Motsetta; Blanc Manger, traditional milk-based dessert similar to pudding
  • Ristorante Gisa - Get directions
  • 24 km from Aosta; 23 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

20 - Nus

Nus rises to not far from the Dora river and in correspondence with the gorge that reaches the Saint-Barthélemy Valley, in whose territories the renowned Vien de Nus is produced; its name dates back to the time of Augustus, when it was called "ad nonum (ab Augusta) lapidem". In Nus there is theastronomical observatory of Saint-Barthélemy, one of the perfect places from which to admire the stars, precisely because in the area light pollution is almost completely absent.

Il Pilate's castle is located in the upper part of the village, it is said that Pontius Pilate himself would have stayed here after being exiled by Caligula. The Sanctuary of Cuney is also worth seeing, built in 1861 and dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows. The surrounding area is also very popular with ski touring enthusiasts, perfect for walking with snowshoes and for walking, horseback riding and mountain biking.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year. The "Festival du Vien de Nus" takes place on the second Sunday of May; while on 5 August the Feast of the Madonna delle Nevi is held at the Sanctuary of Cuney
  • Specialty of the village: génepy or the distillates of Valle d'Aosta pomace
  • Osteria del Passet - Get directions
  • 24 km from Aosta; 23 mins drive - Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

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