Pollein is situated at 551 metres above sea level on the orographic right of the Dora river, a few kilometres away from Aosta, in a flat area that gradually reaches considerable heights among coniferous woods, up to the summit of Mont Emilius (3559 m). In the lowest part of its territory, there is the industrial area of Aosta, the Aosta Valley’s traffic centre and heliport and some big commercial complex at the Aosta East motorway exit.
Already known in Roman times, Pollein in the Middle Ages, after belonging to the Lords of Quart, was a dependency of the bishops of Aosta.
WHAT TO SEE
●The parish church of San Giorgio, rebuilt at the end of the 1600’s and still remodelled afterwards, has a beautiful Romanesque-Gothic bell tower.
● The Botanical and rock gardens, near the Grand-Place green area, is a path with a series of rocks present in in Aosta Valley’s mountains, surrounded by shrubs and tall trees.
NATURE AND SPORT
On an area of about 10 hectares there is the equipped area “Grand-Place” with large meadows used for the practice of traditional sports (rebatta, fiolet, tsan, palet), a sports field and a ring for jogging.
The area can be reached from Aosta by car, but also on foot or by bicycle, through the cycling trail
that continues towards Fénis, following the Dora river.
FEASTS AND TRADITIONS
● The Bourg en Fête, food and wine festival with tasting points in the hamlet of Les Crêtes, discovering local products.
● The Frogs festival
a gastronomic event in spring, with musical entertainment.
At the Grand-Place equipped area there is a fun playground for children.
The path along the Rock Garden is accessible by stroll.
● Inhabitants: 1540
● Altitude: 551 m
● How to get there by public transport: Pollein can be reached from Aosta by bus line 1 “Aosta-Pollein-Brissogne”. The timetables are available on the website of the company SVAP.