Courmayeur

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Courmayeur
Comune
Comune di Courmayeur
Commune de Courmayeur
Courmayeur from Rifugio Torino in August 2009
Courmayeur from Rifugio Torino in August 2009
Coat of arms of Courmayeur
Coat of arms
Courmayeur is located in Italy
Courmayeur
Courmayeur
Location of Courmayeur in Italy
Coordinates: 45°47′N 06°58′E / 45.783°N 6.967°E / 45.783; 6.967Coordinates: 45°47′N 06°58′E / 45.783°N 6.967°E / 45.783; 6.967
Country Italy
Region Aosta Valley
Province none
Frazioni Dolonne, Entrèves, La Palud, Villair Dessous, Villair Dessus, Larzey, Entrelevie, La Villette, La Saxe
Area
 • Total 210 km2 (80 sq mi)
Highest elevation 4,810 m (15,780 ft)
Lowest elevation 1,224 m (4,016 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,870
 • Density 14/km2 (35/sq mi)
Demonym Courmayeurins
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11013
Dialing code 0165
Patron saint St. Pantaleo
Saint day July 27
Website comune.courmayeur.ao.it

Courmayeur is a town and comune in northern Italy, in the autonomous region of Aosta Valley. At an elevation of 1,224 m (4,016 ft) above sea level, it is located at the foot of Mont Blanc, at 4,810 m (15,781 ft) the highest point in the Alps and western Europe (see Seven Summits), in the Graian Alps range and crossed by the Dora Baltea. Courmayeur shares administration of Mont Blanc with its neighboring commune of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in France, and is consequently able to claim the title of highest commune in Italy. Courmayeur also shares access to the famous glacial ski run of the Vallee Blanche with another French town, Chamonix, which sits at the other side of the peak known as the Aiguille du Midi.

Tourism[edit]

Courmayeur’s picturesque mountain scenery and healthy mountain air make it an attractive year-round destination. It is one of Europe’s most famous ski locations, and contains the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea, which describes itself as Europe's highest botanical garden. In the summer months Courmayeur is a popular destination for hikers.

The Courmayeur Noir in festival, an annual film and literature event, was introduced in 1991 and takes place in December.

Transport and hiking[edit]

Courmayeur is well-connected to northwestern Italy, and is 220 km (140 mi) from Milan. The Mont Blanc Tunnel, 11.6 km (7.2 mi) in length, links the region to France; Lyon is 240 km (150 mi) away and can be reached in a few hours, and Geneva, Switzerland, is just 100 km (60 mi) away. Regular road transport services are available to Courmayeur from Geneva.

View of Courmayeur
from Dolonne

The nearby village of La Palud is the base station of the Funivie Monte Bianco, the cable car to the Pointe Helbronner. This links to the Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway going to the Aiguille du Midi, which connects to the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, the cable car from Chamonix.

Dolonne, a sister-town of Courmayeur, has many residential areas and hotels and a large sports centre. It is connected to Courmayeur by a bridge that straddles a tributary flowing from Mont Blanc.

Another mountain that surrounds Courmayeur is Mont Chétif at 2,343 m (7,687 ft), a hiker-friendly mountain with a statue of the Virgin Mary at its summit, overlooking the town. It can be seen from practically anywhere in Courmayeur.

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