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Territory

All the locations not to miss in the Grand Combin Valley

Amphitheatres created by imposing peaks, quaint villages with cobbles streets and flower-bedecked balconies, history permeating every nook and cranny, cool mountain water gushing from fountains, the fragrance of mountain herbs, a cool breeze blowing off the glaciers, the distinctive flavour of traditional dishes. The Grand Combin Valley is sure to stay in your heart.

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Valpelline Special Fishing Reserve

Outdoor

The Buthier river rises from Grandes Murailles Glacier. In Valpelline, at an elevation of 1,000 m, this mountain torrent turns into a fishing reserve for a stretch of around 3 km.

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Tour Trekking/Mountain biking and outdoor summer pursuits

Outdoor

There is no shortage of outdoor pursuits in this area of magnificent, unspoilt scenery. Countless signed trails enable you explore the Valpelline and Great St Bernard Valley on foot or by mountain bike, just choose the itinerary that best suits your fitness level.

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Bosses Raw Ham

Flavour

Production of this ham is mentioned in documents dating back to the late 14th century found in the Great Saint Bernard Hospice archives. Jambon de Bosses is made from carefully selected, high quality haunches of pork that are salted, seasoned with local herbs and left to age on a bed of hay for over 12 months.

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Fontina Cheese ageing storeroom in a mine

Flavour

The Aosta Valley’s most famous cheese is Fontina! This DOP product is used to add flavour to the best part of traditional local dishes.

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Landzette

History and tradition

Carnival is a very heart-felt tradition held annually in the Coumba Freida (Cold Valley). As with all traditions, this event recalls a moment of subversion of order and renewal.

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Village of Étroubles and Open Air Museum

Nature and villages

Standing an elevation of 1,270 m along the Great St Bernard Valley, the village of Étroubles has been a point of transit since ancient times. Encircled by pastures and woodlands, the village has preserved its bread ovens and historical mills, a 12th century tower, numerous chapels and a beautiful church with a Romanesque bell tower.

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Great St Bernard Pass

Nature and villages

The Great St Bernard Pass, connecting Italy and Switzerland at an elevation of 2,472 m, has been used since antiquity as a crossing point over the Alps from the north to the south of Europe.

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Conca di By (By Basin)

Nature and villages

Conca di By is a plateau of verdant pasturelands lying at the foot of the Grand Combin (2,000 m) encircled by an amphitheatre of mountains. Here you distinctly feel the proximity of the over-3,000 metre peaks: Chenaille, Vélan, Grande Tête de By, Avril, Gelé and Morion.

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Grand Combin

Nature and villages

With its imposing shape, ice balconies and height of 4,134 m, Grand Combin mountain truly dominates the Great St Bernard Valley. This peak – the highest in the frontier mountain range between Mont Blanc and Dent d’Hérens – is still ruggedly wild and scarcely visited.

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Place Moulin Reservoir

Nature and villages

Holding a total 105 million cubic metres of water, Place Moulin Dam is one of Europe’s largest reservoirs.

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Seuppa Valpellenentse

Flavour

Rich, tasty and fragrant, seupa à la valpellenentse (a dense soup) originates far back in time and is still made according to the original recipe. Being an expensive commodity, stale white bread was mixed with other local products to make delicious recipes.

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Ski touring and outdoor winter pursuits

Outdoor

The Valpelline and the Great St Bernard Valley are criss-crossed by numerous ski touring and snow shoe itineraries in addition to 22 km downhill runs at Crévacol

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Via Francigena

History and tradition

Throughout history, the Aosta Valley, and particularly the Great St Bernard Valley, have been a place of transit from the north of Europe to the south.

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Basin of Champillon

Wonders

Going up from the capital of the Municipality of Doues, crossing the largest mountain pastures and pastures of the Aosta Valley, you reach the Champillon basin. An extensive plateau called “Plan Detruit” which welcomes visitors with a 360 ° view of the

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The Rus and the irrigation canals

Wonders

The “Rus” the ancient irrigation canals are among the most interesting signs of our landscape. Partly in the open air, in tunnels and underground, they develop along the slopes of our valleys, crossing pastures and centuries-old woods. Wonderful hiking