The town is located at an altitude of 760 metres, in a particularly pleasant natural context, surrounded by thick forests.
An ancient humpback Medieval bridge with a single 22 metre arch, leads to the parish church of Sant’Antonio. The church was rebuilt in the seventeenth century on the remains of the 15th century one, damaged by a landslide; inside, there is a carved wooden choir as well as a significant 17th century portal in sculpted wood.
The architectural complex made up of the church and bridge, with the rushing Lys river and magnificent mountainous backdrop, represents a fairly recurring, enchanting iconography.
The landscape is scattered with numerous well preserved villages. It probably takes its name from the ancient fountain, the “Fontaine de Saint-Maur”. One version is that the water turned fluorescent due to the presence of luminous insects; another version claims the name of the river comes from “Fontaine de la mort” because there is arsenic in the water.
Every five years a traditional votive procession leaves from Fontainemore for the Black Madonna of the Oropa Sanctuary, in nearby Biella.
Just outside the village you can see “Les Gouffre de Guillemore”, a deep ravine sculpted by the Lys in the rock, where the river drops spectacularly.
In 1993, the Nature Reserve of Mont Mars was set up and extends to the foot of the mountain of the same name, rich in lakes and peat bogs. A path crosses the area along which the Oropa Procession moves, the oldest in Valle d’Aosta.
Excursions of varying difficulty can be made like the one leading to the Barma Hills (2261m), the Gragliasca Hills (2210m), Mont Mars (2600m), the Coda Retreat (2280m) or short walks to the ancient villages dotted across the area.
In winter, Fontainemore offers different Alpine ski itineraries and excursions with snowshoes and slopes for cross-country skiing.