It is a peaceful village located at an altitude of 1253 metres, on the left bank of the river Artanavaz; from where it stands, it overlooks the route 27 for the Gran San Bernardo.
The monument-house dating back to the XV century in the hamlet of Ayez is worth a visit: some of the stone windows are of particular prestige bearing the characteristic upturned centreboard motif. The building is due to be restored and turned into a museum and library.
The town’s main economy is based on cattle rearing; its production of butter and Fontina cheese is one of the most sought after in the Valley.
Of Roman origin, Allein comes from the Latin “Ad Lignum”: wood carving was, in fact, the main activity during the winter months, when it was not possible to work in the fields.
Allein’s carnival is famous across the Valley and is characterised by costumes with a predominance in the colour red: these clothes are unusually decorated with little mirrors, coloured feathers and a variety of fringes, more than likely inspired by the jackets worn by the Napoleonic army, that passed through the area in the early part of the nineteenth century.
One essential excursion is to Mont Saron (2631m), an easily accessible peak and well worth the effort to admire the magnificent view of the entire Gran San Bernardo Valley.
One traditional event in the month of September is the “Feta di Trifolle”, a potato festival where you can taste dishes prepared using only this tasty tuber.