Valpelline, Oyace, Roisan

This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.

Quart Caslte - Photo ©
Quart Caslte – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Valpelline

The village of Valpelline is situated in a hollow, where the Ollomont and the Valpelline valleys converge. To the South-east is the Becca di Viou (2856 mt) which divides the district of Valpelline from the districts of Roisan, Saint-Christophe, Quart and Nus. On the left orographical side, at the top of the valley you can see the pyramid of the Dent d’Herens (4171 mt). To the north the mountain chain Morion marks out the boundaries between Valpelline and Ollomont.

On the north west a ridge created by an old morainic sediment separates Valpelline from the village of Doues. This impressive mountain chain shelters Valpelline from the winds. Temperatures in summer are mitigated by pleasant breezes, while in winter they are rather severe because of the reduced exposure to the sun.

The district of Valpelline lies at 960 mt. above sea level and has 554 inhabitants. It has a surface area of 31, 42 square kilometers and counts 23 hamlets. You reach Valpelline by leaving the main Great-Saint-Bernard road n.27, veering right at the Variney crossroads and taking the road (built in 1865) which runs along the Buthier river. Beyond the Crousevy bridge you are on the left orographical side of the Buthier river, and having driven a few kilometers and passed a wide bend, the distant roofs and the bell-tower of the village of Valpelline, almost hidden at the outlet of the Ollomont valley, come into view.

Valpelline is 13 kilometers from Aosta and is connected to the main town by a bus service.

Where to stay in Valpelline

There are high quality hotels, chalets, country houses and B&Bs available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Panorama from Oyace - Photo © crrgrl80
Panorama from Oyace – Photo © crrgrl80

Oyace

The village of Oyace lies on the right orographical side of the Valpelline valley along the road connecting Valpelline to Bionaz. Situated on a rocky rise is the “Tornalla”, a particular octagonal tower which probably dates back to the 12th century.

The territory of Oyace is crossed by one of the most spectacular stretches of the high mountain route n. 1 “Alta via n. 1” of the Valle d’Aosta, which passes through the beautiful valley of Vessona, well known for its unpolluted environment and for its varied fauna.

Other interesting excursions are those in the Verdona valley (where there is a chapel dedicated to Notre Dame-des-Neiges celebrated annually on 5 August) and to Col Breuson on the other side of the valley.

Roisan in winter - Photo © tmesis
Roisan in winter – Photo © tmesis

Roisan

At 850 mt., Roisan is situated on the left side of the Buthier river. The parish church of Saint Vittore is interesting from an historical-artistic point of view. Inside there are some statues representing Saint Vittore and two Madonnas with the Child (13th and 14th century).

A mountain-bike route leads you along the old irrigation canals of the territory and to the center of the village. There is also a nice equipped green area for children and adults.

The excursion to the Col and to the Becca di Viou is wonderful.

From there you can enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the whole Valle d’Aosta and admire the whole chain of the Alps, from the Graian to the Pennine Alps. The excursion to the Rovon Alp (1743 mt.) is particularly interesting from an historical point of view, in fact along this itinerary you pass the old oratory of Meana.

Where to stay in Roisan

There are high quality hotels, apartments and B&Bs available, check them out and make a reservation here.