La Thuile, Aosta Valley
|Comune di La Thuile
Commune de La Thuile
|Frazioni||Buic, Thovex, Moulin, Villaret, Bathieu, Entrèves, Petite Golette, Grande Golette, Pont Serrand, Arly, Les Granges, La Joux, Pierre-carrée, Preyllon, Les Suches, Petit-Saint-Bernard, Petosan, Faubourg, Preylet|
|• Total||125 km2 (48 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,450 m (4,760 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint Nicholas|
|Saint day||9 May|
La Thuile is situated in the Alps at the extreme north-west of the country, close to the French alpine town of La Rosière. La Thuile is situated along a road going from Pré-Saint-Didier in the north-west up to the Little St Bernard Pass in the south-east linking Italy to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère Valley in France.
Coal mining (anthracite) was important in the area before World War II, many diggings and old mining structures can be seen around the village. Nowadays, La Thuile depends on tourism in winter (for the winter sports) and summer (hikers). The town is fairly small but has a few shops, restaurants and hotels.
La Thuile has been the venue for several major annual international winter conferences: "Les Rencontres de Physique de la Vallée d'Aoste" organized by Italy's Institute of Nuclear Physics, and "Rencontres de Moriond" organized by the French National institute of nuclear and particle physics (IN2P3).
Public transportation includes regular buses connecting La Thuile to Pré-Saint-Didier, the latter has a railway station connected to the Italian railway network via Aosta. One of the closest airports is Geneva International Airport approximately 120 km (75 mi) away. Throughout the winter a door-2-door airport transfer service is operated by AostaExpress direct from Geneva Airport direct to La Thuile.
Twin towns – Sister cities
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