All the Gran Combin Valley villages
A total of 9 picturesque mountain villages pepper the Grand Combin Valley; all are immersed in the verdant countryside, abound in history and boast a strong culinary traditional. These are namely: Allein, Bionaz, Étroubles, Gignod, Ollomont, Oyace, Saint-Oyen, Saint-Rhémy-En-Bosses, and Valpelline.
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Nestling among meadows and orchards at an altitude of 960 m, Valpelline is the village that lends its name to the entire valley. Village life was founded on farming, handicraft and mining. Until the early 20th century, it was known for its copper found
At a height of 1,632 m above sea level, Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses is the last village before the Swiss border. As far back as Roman times, it was a resting stage before ascending to the Great St Bernard Pass. Historical features such as the hospice on the mountain pass, the Via Francigena, 11th century castle and magnificent village of Saint-Rhémy
Situated 988 m above sea level and 8 km from Aosta, Gignod commands a stunning vista over Grand Combin massif. As with all the villages leading to the Great St Bernard Pass, its past has been strongly influenced by this important thoroughfare. Gignod once played a key role in controlling transalpine traffic, as we can see from the square medieval tower overlooking the village that dates back to the 11-12th century.
Located at 1,373 m above sea level, today as in the past, Saint-Oyen is a point of transit on the way to the Great St Bernard Pass, consequently its history is closely bound to the mountain pass and Great St Bernard monks. Indeed, Count Amadeus III of Savoy bequeathed Château Verdun fortified house to the religious order in 1137 after which it was used as a resting place and farm by the hospice on the pass.
Surrounded by extensive woodlands and verdant pastures at a height of 1,270 m above sea level, the medieval village of Étroubles is a point of transit on the way to the Great St Bernard Pass. Situated along the Via delle Gallie, this village has existed since ancient times and was known during the Roman era as Restopolis.
In una conca soleggiata della Valpelline, circondato da una catena di montagne, a 1335 metri di altitudine sorge Ollomont. Conosciuto in passato per le sue miniere di rame, ormai in disuso, oggi la protagonista di questo luogo è la natura incontaminata.
Roisan lies at the “crossroads” between the upper Valpelline valley and the central valley known as the Plaine d’Aoste. Being situated in a quiet setting surrounded by greenery not too high on the mountainside, this is a tourist destination accessible to all.