The town lies in a large valley, just under the Little Saint Bernard pass, at an altitude of 1441 metres, in a protected area with dense forests, dominated by the imposing presence of high mountains and vast glaciers.
You can still see an unusual stone boundary wall on the Little Saint Bernard pass: it is the “Cromlech”, megalithic remains dating back to the iron age. Traces of two “Mansiones” from the Roman era are also visible. La Thuile was, in fact, an important stop off point on the via delle Gallie.
In the Savoy era, this town was an important bulwark against the French invasions. In the XVII and XVIII centuries, the village was sacked several times by French troops passing through.
The parish church in La Thuile is dedicated to San Nicola and it is documented as far back as 1113, although there is disaccord about the date it was founded. Alongside it stands a beautiful bell tower dating back to around the XV century.
La Thuile is part of an international skiing area, connected to the ski slopes in La Rosière in Savoy by the same ski lifts and ski pass.
In total, 150 kilometres, some of average difficulty, others, perfect for the more experienced: one of the largest and highest skiing areas in the Alps. Such a large area creates an amazing succession of different views and continuous surprises await the skier in search of new experiences. There is plenty of snow and the high altitude slopes mean you can ski into late Spring.
In summertime, it is the privileged departure point for going up the Rutor glacier, excursions to the d’Arpy lake, the Rutor lakes and the beautiful Juox plain.
The “Fête des Bergers” is held on the San Bernardo Hills on the Sunday after Ferragosto (August fair holiday): it is an event that recalls the past, when Savoyard and Val d’Aosta shepherds meet to exchange and trade livestock, during a day of friendship. Interrupted during the war, nowadays this meeting has transformed into a great folkloristic festival with the festive participation of valley-dwellers, shepherds and tourists from both sides of the Hills. One of the preliminaries for the “Bataille de Reines ” is also held on this day.
The Chanousia botanical garden, established in 1897 is to be found in the Piccolo San Bernardo Hills. It was created on the wishes of the abbot Pierre Chanoux, a big hearted, highly cultured priest, untiring mountaineer and percursor of modern mountaineering. It was founded with a view to protecting the specific flora found in the Alpine area. Recently restored after many years of abandonment, this beautiful garden is a delightful destination for a day out in the summer months.
Shuttle transfer services or private taxi from the airport of Turin Caselle, Milan Malpensa, Geneva to La Thuile hotels and vice versa.