Saint-Vincent is probably one of the most famous places in Valle d’Aosta, thanks also to the “Casino de la Vallée”, one of the most renowned and largest casinos in Europe.
Gently lying on the hillside, in a welcoming valley protected from the wind, with an extraordinary microclimate, to the extent that it is known as the Alps Riviera, with mild winters and cool summers at an altitude of 575 metres. Centrally located with respect to the valley axis and close to the Valtournenche entrance, Saint-Vincent boasts archaeological findings from pre-Roman times.
The Romanesque church of San Vincenzo is worth mentioning. Built by Benedictine monks in the XI century, it has a museum of sacred art, where rare, valuable items are on display.
The expansion of tourism in the town is linked to the discovery of the Fons Salutis in 1770 by a naturalist abbot: a valuable spring whose therapeutic virtues instantly made it a very famous, popular mineral water. Some famous guests to the Spa resort include, Giosuè Carducci and Silvio Pellico, as well as the socialite aristocracy from that period. The opening of the casino further contributed to the growth of tourism in the town that boasts top class accommodation and luxury shops.
The tourist movement generated by the conference activities circling around the modern, well equipped conference centre is also of some interest. The “Grolle d’Oro” film awards are held here at the end of October, and have seen some of Italian cinema’s best actors and directors picking up awards.
Still in the conference centre, amidst the other numerous, excellent exhibitions, the “Saint-Vincent Award” for journalism is organised on an annual basis and brings together the most important names in newspaper and TV journalism.
For ski lovers, just a few kilometres from Saint-Vincent at 1640 metres, is the Col de Joux ski resort located between Val d’Ayas and the central valley of the Dora.
Vast, flat, covered in pine forests, it offers approximately 7km of downhill slopes.
The Col de Joux is the ideal winter resort both for ski lovers and those wishing to spend a pleasant few days with their family, or take some sun walking through beautiful scenery.
The particularly favourable climate and rich natural heritage, invite us to explore the endless number of country paths, the spectacular nature of the mountains and surrounding valleys.
A short walk through the villages perched on nearby slopes is enough to uncover Alpine civilisation: an authentic dip into history, century old traditions and popular culture, in search of its characteristic community elements including old fashioned wooden and stone houses, chapels, ovens and mills.