While there are traces of human settlements dating back to prehistoric times as well as engravings, necropolis and the remains of houses dating back to Neolithic times that can be seen in Fiusey, Chanal and Ciseran, Montjovet owes its toponymy to the Romans, to Mons Jovis, the Mount of Jupiter to whose divinity they dedicated a temple in the area.
Montjovet was at its peak of splendour in the Middle Ages when excise taxes made the fortune of local lords whose power came from the castles at Chenal and St. Germain. The lords of Montjovet and Challant, thanks to these castles could control the thoroughfare on the road positioned right between the two castles. Historians and archaeologists who have carried out research in the area, have confirmed how the castle at Chenal acted as a support to the one at Saint-Germain and was mainly used as a barracks and lodgings for the troops.
The dominion of Montjovet extended as far as the present day towns of Saint-Vincent, Emarèse, Champdepraz, Montjovet and Saint-Germain, obligatory stop off points for travellers and subsequently full of hospices.
The present day Mongiovetta was only established in 1771 when King Charles Emanuel III improved the existing route to make trade easier and make the most of the spa waters, as the stone plaque hanging above the first bends in the road, reminds us.
The churches in the two parishes and numerous medieval houses with pretty portals and stone windows found in the enchanting village give meaning to other aspects of Montjovet’s history.
For nature lovers, the hillside offers not only views of the characteristic vineyards from where the excellent D.O.C. wine is produced, but also beautiful walks in the forests and among the chestnut trees.
Montjovet is unique in that it is the municipality in Valle d’Aosta with the largest number of hamlets, districts and villages: there are around 50, most of them still inhabited.
It borders with the towns of Saint-Vincent, Emarèse, Challand Saint-Victor, Verrès, Champdepraz and Châtillon, and is located at an altitude of 402 metres.