Cogne – Proposals

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

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

Proposals, leisure and culture

In Cogne you can not miss a visit to the Cooperative Dentellières Cogne (opposite the church) where the lace-makers (often in the quaint local custom) form the traditional hand-made lace, according to a centuries-old technique. The same venue also an exhibition of lace and the option of buying direct.

The fountain of iron dr. Grappein in Cogne

Iron Fountain
Iron Fountain – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The most famous postcard of Cogne is certainly the view of the historic iron fountain, made made by dr. Cesar Emmanuel Grappein in 1809, with a backdrop of mountains and glaciers at the head of Valnontey.

To know the original rural architecture of Cogne, it is worth visiting the Maison de Cogne Gérard-Dayné, beautiful traditional building that exemplifies the characteristic features of a typical house in Cogne in wood and stone.

Cogne counts among its loyal guests different personalities of politics and culture. During the summer, some of them are available to provide stimulating meetings and conferences.

Cogne offers a rich and varied calendar of events for the entertainment of its guests: the program of activities on the site of the tourist office of Cogne.

The new Espace Alpinart in Miners Village, hosts interesting temporary exhibitions organized by the Fondation Grand Paradis.

Loie – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley


Lake Loie, in the background the Mont Blanc. Photo by Maurizio BroglioGli hiking trails in the area are numerous, for all tastes and all difficulties. Leaving aside the climbing routes – classic rock and ice routes that reach heights of 3000/4000 m – there are pleasant walks in all the valleys, well marked on the ground and marked on maps which are available at the information. The most popular trails are those leading to the Vittorio Sella hut, to Herbetet or lake Loie, but also the Bardoney valley, the Valleye, the cottages of Nomenon or the valley of Trajo offer the opportunity to observe many chamois, ibex and marmots. Less frequented the slope on the right side, including the wild valley of Grauson and lakes Lussert, sparsely populated by large ungulates but most interesting botanical point of view.

Lillaz Fall
Lillaz Fall – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Are justly famous waterfalls Lillaz: three spectacular waterfalls, 10 ‘convenient walk from the hamlet of Lillaz. At the beginning of summer, when there is more water, the highest waterfall in the valley form a tall column of water that originates refreshing spray and rainbows. A path with steps move up to the waterfall further upstream, offering dizzying views of the waterfalls and the narrow gorge carved by the river Urtier.

Along the road to get to the falls, was made a geological trail with large stone blocks that represent the different rocks of the valley and tell us millions of years of Earth history.

Cogne Colonna – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

The glaciers of the Gran Paradiso from the windows of mine Colonna. Very interesting, both in terms of landscape and nature, both from the historical-ethnographic museum, is the route that leads to the magnetite mines and mining plants of Colonna. The trail is fairly challenging, reserved for walkers with a minimum of experience and training, but very rewarding: panoramic and in an area of ​​the most interesting of the Valle d’Aosta from the botanical point of view. Are the ruins of the ancient crops of iron ore in Liconi and, above all, the magnificent ruins of the installations Column (2,400 m), the town of authentic high altitude (with a chapel and cinema) that housed the miners who worked and lived there several days without going into the country.

Marmots – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Guided tours

Walk with someone on these routes from hiking guides nature of the Aosta Valley, you can move safely along these magnificent courses, discover the ecology of alpine environments and the different aspects of these mountains: the geology, flora, fauna, the work secular man.
For organized groups we tested programs for day trips that include easy walks and visit the village of Cogne.

We have developed special programs for school trips – from primary school to high school – with short field trips to discover the fauna of the Park.

Winter – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley


The downhill slopes of Cogne are not extensive and well-known as those of other stations in the Valle d’Aosta, but they do offer the possibility of beautiful slopes, able to satisfy even the experienced skiers, set in an environment of great charm.

The true vocation winter Cogne, however, cross-country skiing. The Sant’Orso field has hosted several times contests World Cup and many other national and international competitions. More than 50 km of well-groomed slopes, always go through the valleys around the capital, with slopes techniques to the delight of skiers. In the meadow, a short walk from the town center, there is an excellent golf school and a track suitable for beginners. Along the routes is frequent cross from near the large ungulates of these mountains. In February, the dispute here Marciagranparadiso, popular demanding long distance race in classic technique of 45 km, impeccably organized by an organization now very well established.

Next to the camp, the arrival point of the races, there is a fully equipped snow park, ideal for children and for those who can not ski.

In Valnontey is beaten footpath, suitable for for those who do not ski but want to walk in enchanted winter landscapes. Numerous trails suitable for snowshoeing. Local guides organize guided excursions with snowshoes, an opportunity to explore the mountain safely and learn about the alpine environment in winter.

From 1 January 2011 Cogne officially became a pearl of the Alps The Tourist Alpine Pearls brings together more than 20 resorts, located throughout the Alps between Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and Slovenia. The Alpine Pearls are tourist destinations of quality, engaged in adopting mobility solutions sweet.

Where to stay in Cogne

There are high quality hotels, apartments, condo hotels and guesthouses available, check them out and make a reservation here.