Cogne Aosta Valley

Cogne Aosta Valley

The Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta is governed by special statute and, covering a total surface area of little over 3000 km², is the smallest Italian region and the least populous (130,000 inhabitants). Crowned by the highest mountains in Europe, it is renowned for its snow-clad peaks and perennial glaciers, green pastures, wild mountain streams gushing over steep rocks, picturesque villages with stone roofs, its industrious valley floor and especially, Gran Paradiso National Park. Cogne, deemed the capital of Gran Paradiso National Park, is a fairy-tale mountain village counting 1,400 inhabitants who have skilfully preserved the traditional features and aspect of this alpine community. It overlooks the immense Meadows of Sant’Orso which, in summertime are swathed in blooming flowers, and pristine snow crystals in winter. During the summer, many visitors come here for the delightful walks, and in winter to try Nordic skiing on the famous trails, alpine skiing, icefall climbing and snowshoe excursions. over steep rocks, picturesque villages with stone roofs, its industrious valley floor and especially, Gran Paradiso National Park.

La Fiera di Sant’Orso

Every year, on 30 and 31 January, artists and craftsmen from Valle d’Aosta proudly display their works along the streets of Aosta town centre.

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Coppa del Mondo di sci di fondo a Cogne

Cross-country ski world cup

On February 16th and 17th 2019 Cogne will host the Cross-country Ski World Cup!

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La Panetteria del Bellevue Hotel & Spa

The Bakery of Bellevue Hotel & Spa

From June, in our Bakery, we bake everyday bread, focaccia and bread sticks for the restaurant Bellevue, the Petit Restaurant, the Bar à Fromage and for the Brasserie du Bon Bec!

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Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

Gran Paradiso National Parc

A world to discover. The birth of the Gran Paradiso National Park dates back to the 1922. The Italian State, accepting the donation of the royal hunting reserve by Vittorio Emanuele III, established the national Park, entrusting the administration of these territories to a Royal Commission. The creation of a protected area is strongly linked to the safeguarding of the animal symbol of the Park, the Alpine Ibex, of which, after the WW II, only 416 specimens had survived in the whole world and all of them within the territory of the Park.

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Aosta città Romana

Roman city of Aosta

Aosta, also known as the "Rome of the Alps", was founded by the Romans in 25 BC with the name Augusta Praetoria.

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Castelli della Valle d’Aosta e il Forte di Bard

Valle d’Aosta castles and Bard Fort

Valle d’Aosta is well-known for its medieval castles. The most famous are Fènis Castle, Issogne manor-house , Verres Castle, Sarre Castle, Saint-Pierre Castle and Bard Fortress.

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Ponte di Pont d’Ael

Built in 3 AD. by Roman colonies, Aimus and Avilius, over the gorge of the Grand Eyvia river, the aqueduct bridge in Pondel stone, about 56 meters high and over 50 meters long, is one of the most interesting monuments of the Roman Period in the Aosta Valley, still perfectly preserved.

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Cogne

Cogne

Cogne is a genuine, characteristic mountain village with 1,500 inhabitants and lies at 1534 metres above sea level. The valley offers a wealth of natural beauty extending as far as the eye can see over meadows, crystal-clear streams and on towards snow-capped peaks. All of this makes the village an ideal place for both summer and winter tourism. Cogne Valley is considered the capital of the National Park, created in 1922 when Savoy King Vittorio Emanuele III donated his legendary hunting reserve to the country. The Gran Paradiso is Italy's oldest national park and offers a home for many rare species of animal, plants and flowers within a splendid Alpine setting.

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Skyway Mont Blanc

Skyway Mont Blanc

The new Skyway Mont Blanc is waiting for you for an unforgettable and exciting journey at 360° on the roof of Europe.

Traversata del Monte Bianco

Mont Blanc crossing by cableway

The sail of the Mont Blanc glacier, from Punta Helbronner to the Aiguille du Midi: the magic of a 30 minutes aerial excursion by cableway at the heart of Mont Blanc glacier.

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Visita e degustazione vini in un’azienda vinicola valdostana

Visit and wine tasting in a winery in aosta Valley

We would be happy to organize a visit to a regional winery.

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Volo Panoramico

Panoramic flights

Panoramic flights in a single-engined plane or in Elicopter over Europe's highest peaks (Monte Bianco, Monte Rosa, Cervino).

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Volo in mongolfiera

Drift on wind currents among the mountains of Valle d’Aosta, the highest in Europe.

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Terme di Pré Saint Didier

Pre Saint Didier Spa

Thermal Baths at the feet of Mont Blanc since 1800

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Flora e Fauna

Flora e Fauna

Larch, European spruce, Swiss pine and silver fir, these are the trees you will find in woods on the valley floor. At higher altitudes, first there are alpine meadows, which are carpeted with flowers in spring, and then these give way to rocks and glaciers. The main animals populating our valley are the Alpine ibex (the Park's symbol – the population numbers around 3,500), the chamois (numbering around 7,000), marmot, fox, lynx, stoat, golden eagle and, in recent years, the lammergeier and wolf. There are also numerous species of birds: buzzard, woodpecker, titmouse, ptarmigan, Alpine chough, sparrowhawk, goshawk, tawny owl, little owl. In the lakes and torrents there are two species of trout: one native, the brown trout, the other introduced, the salmon trout.

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Giardino botanico

Botanical Garden

The Giardino Alpino Paradisia is a truly unique garden, hovering at 1700 m above sea level in the Grand Paradiso National Park.

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Le passeggiate

Walks

Cogne Valley offers endless opportunities for walks and excursions to suit every taste and degree of difficulty.

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Cascate di Lillaz

Lillaz waterfalls

The Lillaz waterfalls are only an easy 10-minute walk from the hamlet of Lillaz (part of Cogne municipality) and are by far the most attractive ones in Valle d'Aosta. These waterfalls, which ice over in winter but are very powerful in summer, are fed by the abundant waters of the Urtier torrent and cover a drop of 150 metres in three long rocky falls. There are also splendid views over the Valleile valley, dominated by its own and the Sengie glaciers.

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Il Folklore

Il Folklore

Cogne Valley has always been famous for its lively festive occasions, where dancing and singing are accompanied by accordions and the beat of drums.

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La chiesa Parrocchiale di Sant’Orso

Sant'Orso parish church

Historical records mention that the entire community contributed to building their church in 1202, probably on the same site as the present one.

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La Maison Gerard Dayné

La Maison Gerard Dayné

The “Maison Gérard-Dayné” , museum, is situated on the boundaries of the historical village of Cogne.

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Les dentelles de Cogne

Dentelles de Cogne

The tradition of the hand-made lace date back around 1665.

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Le antiche miniere

The old mines

The history of the Liconi, Colonna and Costa del Pino magnetite mines on the slopes of Mount Creya dates right back to Salassi and Roman times and continued up to 1979, the year in which the mines were officially closed.

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Il centro Visitatori Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso

The Gran Paradiso National Park visitor center

The Visitor Centre in Cogne is presented to visitors as a research laboratory in which to study and understand the natural events and learn more about the environment.

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Sci Nordico

Cross-country skiing

Undisputedly, Cogne, is the leader for cross-country skiing. Resort where great competition events are held such as the Word Cup and the Grand Paradiso March. It offers 11 skiing loops that added up bring to about 80km of tracks that wind through woods, mountain streams and bridges. A full immersion in a completely uncontaminated landscape where one can still listen to the wonderful sounds of nature.

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Sci Alpino

Alpine skiing

A small friendly complex of 5 slopes with a chair-lift, a ski-lift and a cable car, going up to 2252 meters, will allow you to ski without waiting in a long queues within the boundaries of close encounters with mountain goats, chamois and ermines are an everyday experience.

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Sci alpinismo

Ski mountaineering

In Spring, with the arrival of the ski mountaineering season, alpine guides and numerous itineraries through various glacier and snowy valleys are awaiting the off-track lovers to take them to explore some of the Alps, with possible refreshing breaks at the mountain refuges V. Sella and Sogno di berdzé.

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Racchette da neve

Snow rackets

A valid alternative to skiing: snow rackets are a prefect alternative for those wanting to be submerged in an enchanted winter-land, following the footprints of chamois, hares, foxes and squirrels, while going through snowy slopes, woods and grounds as smooth as the icing on a cake.

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Passeggiate sulla neve

Trekking in the snow

For those who don't like skiing Cogne offers interesting prepared itineraries to enjoy precious moments of peace in the snow. The proposed itineraries are fine for walking or tackling wearing snow-shoes and represent a pleasant way to enjoy natural winter scenarios against the magnificent backdrop of the Gran Paradiso National Park.

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Passeggiate con slitta trainata da cavallo

The mantle of snow that covers everything makes paths and tracks an ideal setting for romantic and enchanted sleight rides, plunged into a fairytale world.

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Cascate di ghiaccio

Icefalls

A world point of attraction for icefall climbers of all nationalities, more than 150 breathtaking and crystal clear icefalls turn into a spectacular playground for all the dauntless lovers of adventure and thrill. An alpine guide is highly recommended.

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Pattinaggio

Ice skating

From December to March there is a small outdoor skating rink on the square Chanoux Cogne (100m. From our house).

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Vallée Blanche

Vallèe Blanche

The Vallée Blanche is a 24 km off-slope that starts at Punta Helbronner and finishes either at the Montenvers mountain rail terminus or in Chamonix itself depending on snow conditions. This can give you around 2800 meters an amazing scenery of the Mont Blanc range. Despite its reputations as “something between a blue and a red slope “it should not be forgotten that the Vallée Blanche is a high mountain off-track route with all that it entails. For this reason it is very important to be accompanied by an alpine guide.

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La scuola di sci

The ski school

For everybody, the ski school proposes individual or collective lessons with highly qualified trainers. You can choose among different kind of disciplines such as cross country, alpine skiing, snowboard, telemark and carving. Tel. 0165 74300 E-mail: scuolasci@cogneturismo.it

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Guide escursionistiche

hiking guides

The naturalistic guides propose walks with snow rackets, during the day and also at night, to discover the fauna and snow-crystals.

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Ruisseling

Ruisseling

Ruisseling is not a particularly demanding winter activity. It consists in walks along the narrow valleys of torrents that during winter freeze over to form small waterfalls and very spectacular natural slides.Ruisseling

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Escursioni

Excursions

In the Grand Paradiso National Park, universally famous for its rare and extraordinary fauna and flora, every foot step, whether big or small, will find a path leading to old mule tracks, pasture homes, mountains lakes, in a vast area where gentle walks as the bottom of the valley can alternate with trekking on higher slopes.

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Mountain-bike

Mountain-biking

For the two-wheel lovers, over 80 km of cross-country skiing routes become in summer a vast cycling area, where pedalling among mountain goats, eagles and chamois, is just an excuse to keep both heart and legs in good shape.

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Alpinismo

Mountaineering

The reign of mountaineers begins where paths become a mix of rock and ice, marked by the Gran Paradiso, Italy's only 4,000-metre high mountain chain. Conquer majestic Mount Grivola or the numerous hills, mountains and peaks, following in the footsteps mountaineering pioneers who first tackled these peaks way back in the 18th century.

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Arrampicata

Climbing

For all free-climbers and mountaineers looking to improve their condition. Alpine guides make available their experience and technique and there are five exercise faces offering organised rock-climbs covering every degree of difficulty, facilities where you can temper both body and spirit at just below cloud level.

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Equitazione

Horse riding

Riding through woods and mountain rivers from dawn to dusk, but also trekking for several days with refreshing breaks at various mountain refuges are just a few evocative suggestions for a ride in the Alps.

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Tennis

Tennis

Not far from the hotel there is one clay courts available for booking in advance.

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Pesca

Fishing

The "free waters" of the Grand Eyvia, Grauson and Urtier torrents. The Grand Eyvia torrent for no-kill fans and pleasant Lillaz sports fishing lakes have for some time now been a venue for experts and an attraction for those who, for at least once in their lives, want to be able to say they once hooked something.

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Minigolf

Minigolf

In the pine-wood near the river the Café la Sapinière proposes a minigolf ground and a playground for children.

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Rafting, Hydrospeed, Kayak

Rafting, Hydrospeed, Kayak

Few people know that the Valle d’Aosta's rivers and torrents are considered among the best and most exciting in Europe. Just 24 km away from Cogne guests can experience rafting, canyoning, hydrospeeding or kayaking in the company of expert instructors who will be happy to accompany you for a really exciting day out.

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Guide alpine

Alpines Guides

To discover the highest mountains, to climb on the top of the Grand Paradiso it is very important to rely on the experience of the alpine guides.

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