Discovering Gressoney

Published on 07/03/2019

Gressoney has two different personalities, depending on the season in which you decide to stop in the Val d’Aosta. During winter, from October to March, it is dressed in white and covered with snow. When the thaw starts and the temperatures begin to rise leading us into the heart of spring, Gressoney shows itself in the colors that characterize the mountain during the summer season: the green meadows on which you can tumble, the blue sky that frames the peaks of Monte Rosa, and the yellow sun that rises every day on the waters of the Lys river that runs through town. There is so much to do in Gressoney in the absence of snow and not during the ski season. Walks, excursions, good food, breathtaking views, and moments of true relaxation are all at your fingertips.

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Let’s go in order since there is so much to see. For a natural experience, a visit to Lake Gabiet, which is located at 2,371 meters above sea level and which can be reached by various paths, is a must for all lovers of beautiful walks in the midst of unspoiled nature. You can go uphill on foot or by taking a nice trip on the cable car from Staffal. The lake is located in a marvelous ravine dominated by the peaks of Monte Rosa, which contributes to creating a true spectacle for your eyes.

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Immersed in the woods around Saint Jean is Castel Savoia, which until 1925 was used as a summer residence by Queen Margherita and her husband King Umberto I. The Castle is located in a particularly panoramic area and its architecture is enhanced by the presence of 5 turrets, each built with a different style. The external facade’s stone comes from the quarries of Gressoney, Donnas, and Gaby and inside there is still a large atrium with columns.

Last but not least is the famous Fontainemore bridge. It is an ancient stone bridge built during the Middle Ages around 1200, which crosses the Lys river and connects the shore with the village’s ancient parish church. According to legend, the name derives from the ancient fountain of Saint-Amour, where the water gushed phosphorescent thanks to the conspicuous presence of luminous insects. Not far from the center, a path leads to the ravine of Guillemore, created in the hard rock of the mountains by the stream.

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If you are a culture lover and can’t get enough of beautiful landscapes, there are museums and a large number of churches that can be visited in the Val d’Aosta. The church of the Holy Trinity, for example, is one of the main attractions of the ancient village of La-Trinité. It is also worth stopping at the Walser Ecomuseum, which testifies to the traditional way of living of the people who once settled around the slopes of Monte Rosa.

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In the hamlet of Gaby, instead, you can access the sanctuary of Voury, while in Issime you can visit the church of San Giacomo, which features a fresco depicting the universal judgment by the painter Francesco Biondi. The whole monument represents a place of national interest.
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