Located in a dominating position on the left, mountain slope of the Dora, at 762 metres above sea level, Avise is a village that offers a fairytale landscape, where time seems to stand still.
During medieval times, it belonged to the Lords of Avise, one of the oldest and most important families in the Valley.
The parish church of San Brizio, rebuilt during the last century, still retains the fifteenth century, Romanesque bell-tower with a mullioned window and spire.
There are three castles to confirm the strategic importance of this district: Cré, Blonay and Avise.
The Avise castle building features a quadrangle shape, turreted tower, a dominating 4 floor building; inside it hosts a precious wooden ceiling with late medieval decor.
The historic and monumental patrimony offered by finds from the Roman era are notable, such as the section of Gallie Road, known here as the “Pierre Taillée” because the Romans, to open a passage towards the Mount Blanc valleys, had to cut into the rock with a scalpel.
There are numerous testimonies from the medieval period, including Maison de Mosse in the Runaz district, also used as an exhibition centre.
The areas surrounding the village are mainly covered in vineyards, used to produce the famous “Petit Rouge” wine.
Starting from the Lo Crou picnic area along the regional road to Cerellaz, you can easily reach the Frenay waterfall (about 30 minutes walk) or continue onwards to the village where you can see traces of Valdostane tradition (bakeries, mills and creameries).
Continuing upwards until you reach the marvellous, green valley of Vertosan, which hosts an important eliminating round of the Batailles de Reines, you can admire the grand panorama of Château Blanc.
The “Fiocca” Food Festival is a tradition that takes place in the village of Béileun in June: a grotto that is eternally frozen, and therefore particularly cool, is used as a location to whip cream or “Fiocca” in Patois, using beaters made from willow branches with the leaves removed.