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Comune di Bionaz
Commune de Bionaz
Coat of arms of Bionaz
Coat of arms
Location of the commune within the Aosta Valley region
Location of the commune within the Aosta Valley region
Bionaz is located in Italy
Location of Bionaz in Italy
Coordinates: 45°52′N 7°25′E / 45.867°N 7.417°E / 45.867; 7.417Coordinates: 45°52′N 7°25′E / 45.867°N 7.417°E / 45.867; 7.417
Country Italy
Region Valle d'Aosta
Province / Metropolitan city none
Frazioni See Villages, hamlets and other centres
 • Mayor Armando Chentre (elected 2005-05-09)
 • Total 142.82 km2 (55.14 sq mi)
Elevation 1,606 m (5,269 ft)
Population (December 2006)
 • Total 241
 • Density 1.7/km2 (4.4/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bionassins
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11010
Dialing code 0165
Patron saint Saint Margaret
Saint day 20 July
Website Official website

Bionaz (known during the years 1939–46 as Biona) is a comune sparso[1] which extends over 143 square kilometres (55 sq mi) of the North-Eastern Valpelline area of the Aosta Valley region of northwest Italy. The commune lies on the left side of the river Dora Baltea. The population of about 240 is dispersed among 20 or more small alpine villages and hamlets including Plan-de-Veyne, which is the main centre and the capoluogo (locally and officially also chef-lieu, in French). The commune belongs to the Unité des communes valdôtaines du Grand-Combin.

Villages, hamlets and other centres[edit]

thumb|left|200px|Road sign at Plan de Veyne (chef-lieu). The commune’s statute (Ministero dell’Interno 2002) designates the following localities, in addition to the capoluogo of Bionaz itself, as frazioni (locally officially called hameaux, in French). Where the official form of the name differs from the name in common use, the latter is given in brackets:

  • Les Balmes (Balmes)
  • Chentre
  • Chez-Chenoux (Chez Chenoux)
  • Chez-Noyer (Chez Noyer)
  • Chez-les-Merloz (Chez les Merloz)
  • Les Crêtes (Cretes)
  • Les Dzovennoz (Dzovennoz)
  • Lexert
  • Les Ley (Ley)[2]
  • Le Moulin (Moulin)
  • Perquis
  • Les Places (Places)
  • La Quelod (La Quellod)
  • Les Rey (Rey)
  • Les Rus (Ru)[3]
  • Les Vagères (Vagère)
  • Le Vianoz (Lo Vianoz)

The following localities, villages and other places not formally designated as frazioni, are also listed in the bulletin:

  • Chamein (Chamin)
  • Chez-Badin (Chez Badin)
  • Le Clos-Neuf (Clou Neuf)
  • La Ferrère (La Ferrera)
  • La Léchère
  • Plan-de-Veyne (Plan de Veyne)
  • Pouillayes
  • Prarayer
  • Propéraz (Propera)

Within the boundaries of the commune there are also three rifugi (mountain huts) which provide accommodation for climbers:


  1. ^ The expression comune sparso means a comune whose administrative centre is located in a hamlet whose name does not coincide with the name of the comune itself.
  2. ^ Les Ley (Ley) is named in the statute as Ly
  3. ^ Les Rus (Ru) is named in the statute as Rû

See also[edit]

Refuge Crête Sèche


External links[edit]

Bionaz at DMOZ (Italian)