This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.
Rhemes-Notre-Dame: welcome to Paradise
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Gran Paradiso National Park. Nature is standing here to welcome you: flora and fauna, mountains, moraines, seracs, the glaciers Lavassey, Fond and Tsanteleina, streams, canyons, the hot summer sun and the unforgettable blue sky. A hearty welcome from cross-country tracks, alpine skiing slopes, the climbing routes in the Granta Parey mountain, the paths within easily reach, the tracks of the Valle d’Aosta high way n. 2. Welcome to 1723 meters.
If you follow those signs on the snow you will probably bump into an ibex or maybe into a fox trying to camouflage itself into the white snow. When springtime is approaching, sip some water at the fall, observe the threes’ buds, go for a trip with the snowshoes looking for pure snow. And if the brand new grass is inviting you to lie down on its scented blanket, do accept the invitation, you won’t regret it!
Rhemes-Notre-Dame: Paradise in calling you, hurry up
When driving up along the valley of omes you see that the structure of the territory has not changed much throughout the centuries as the new houses are located nearby the ancient village.
Rhemes-Notre-Dame is an ideal place to breath the alpine atmosphere.
In Carre’ you already have the chance to observe nature: here is the monumental larch of Artalle and the peaceful pic-nic area named Carre’. In Bruil you see the cooking of brown bread, the work in the dairy, the ancient sundial.
In Chaudanne there is a mill, while in Pont are some examples of traditional architecture. Rhemes-Notre-Dame has plenty to offer to tourists.
Cross-country tracks and alpine skiing slopes, a snow park all year round, mountaineering skiing, snow-shoes trails, tracks on foot inside and outside the national park. To be mentioned also are free climbing in Lavassey, fishing and horse riding.
If you are not keen on sport activities, the village will be your peaceful location, a place to observe animals and scenery, to enjoy the silence of the countryside. The National Park visitors center in Chanavey hosts several exhibitions and the bearded vulture museum; it is open daily in summer, during week end and festivities in winter.
In the restaurants you taste special dishes, while the traditional coffee Caffè alla valdostana will warm you up during cold winter evenings. Discover in July traditional art and craft (last but one Sunday) by visiting the annual fair where are gathered artisans of the whole valley.
Let’s wander through a rich heritage made of several chapels and the Parish Church with its beautiful high altar, the pulpit and the christening font. Rhemes-Notre-Dame is also a good location for families with children.
Where to stay in Rhems-Notre-Dame
There are high quality hotels and apartments available, check them out and make a reservation here.
NEWS: THE MARMOT
The medium size stocky marmot is the biggest rodent living in Valle d’Aosta. Her personal whistle is the alarm call which identify the animal. Marmots are herbivorous, they eat mainly grass und roots. They eat each day throughout the summer, which is necessary to survive the long winter’s hibernation. Marmots build extensive networks of entrances and tunnels to the various lodges where they spend their nights, their winter hibernation and where they give birth. Marmot predators are eagles and foxes.
Loc. Barmaverain, Pelaud, Carre’
The chapel of Barmaverain was built in 1644 in Saint Pantaleone’s honor. Today it is almost destroyed.
The first chapel of the little village of Pelaud was built in 1645-1649 on the left side of the river. Destroyed by a flooding in 1868, it was rebuilt the year after on the other side of the river, nearby the village. It is dedicated to San Fabiano and San Sebastian.
The most ancient chapel is this of Carre’, built in 1620. The edifice we see today is the result of many recasts of the 19th century. It is dedicated to Saint Ann.
Parish church and parish
The territory of Rhemes-Notre-Dame once a time was annexed to Rhemes-Saint-Georges. It was transformed into parish only in 1650. The church, erected in 1680 and enlarged in 1839, has a beautiful high altar of the 18th century in polychrome marble.
In the village it is possible to see many typical constructions.
Courtesy of the AIAT Gran Paradis