This is a renowned, elegant tourist district offering excellent accommodation.
Located at 1,385 metres above sea level, it covers a vast flatland full of vegetation, in a particularly interesting area due to its view of impressive mountain massifs and the Lyskamm glacier.
It has a characteristic historic centre, where some of the Walser houses, which are perfectly preserved, are grouped together around the church of San Giovanni Battista. Built in 1725 on a previous building dating from 1515, this church has an over-leaning roof and a beautiful bell-tower from the sixteenth century which opens with a mullioned window and crowned by a spire. The parish museum preserves a large crucifix that dates back to the XIII century, among the oldest masterpieces in Valle d’Aosta.
There is a picturesque lake just outside the town centre whose waters are a beautiful emerald green and reflect the surrounding, majestic summits. Immersed in the greenery of the woodland, in a panoramic locality called “Belvedere”, you will find Castel Savoia, built during Queen Margherita’s reign in 1894 as her residence on her frequent holidays.
The typical dress is a symbol of the oldest traditions, strongly rooted and traceable to the Walser culture, particularly the female costumes, which are strictly black and white, with a white blouse adorned with ornate lace and decorated by a rich cuff in gold filigree.
The winter sports infrastructures permit off-track and Nordic skiing, in a natural, very picturesque environment. The ski lift complexes serve the off-track pistes that cover over 13 kilometres. There is also an interesting cross-country piste that covers 25 kilometres, taking in woodland and magnificent views over the glaciers.
In January the international Nordic skiing competition takes placed called the “Monterosalauf”, over a 25 kilometre route.
Gressoney is a privileged starting point for alpine and mountain pass excursions. Gressoney-Saint-Jean is the departure point for the Alta Via no.1 road in Valle d’Aosta, an excursion itinerary that follows an upland route and which connects Gressoney to Courmayeur.
During the summer you can arrive to Brusson, in Valle d’Ayas, by crossing Colle della Ranzola, which is a beautiful walk; there are also plenty of other excursions thanks to the ski lifts which also operate during the summer period.
There is a traditional evening on the 23rd of June, St. John’s feast day, which is characterised by a rite of fires; the real party begins the following day with a celebration mass, which includes the participation of the locals dressed in typical, Walser costumes.
Shuttle transfer services or private taxi from the airport of Turin Caselle, Milan Malpensa, Geneva to Gressoney hotels and vice versa.